By Josephina Lee Mascioli-Mansell






Given by his sister Jo Lee Mascioli-Mansell {June 30, 2017}





“Last January, when Nino and I were on the upper lanai in his condo in Punta Gorda, Florida waiting for the early morning haze to rise, he turned to me and said: “Jo Lee, remember when we were young?”  And I said: “the recording is still playing”.


From January to now, so much has happened – it was a rare and rapid liver cancer   when there was so much more for Nino to do.  And for reasons that no statistics, no dry recitation of the facts can possibly capture, he was one of the most compelling human beings of my lifetime: and he’s gone!  Nino waved goodbye at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, June 23, 2017, at the age of 68, from his family’s home in the Silicon Valley.


“Death is only a larger kind of going abroad.” By Samuel Butler


“Death is the most blessed dream.” By Georg Büchner


“There is no death. Only a change of worlds.” By Chief Seattle


“A human life is a story told by God.” By Hans Christian Andersen


“If the future seems overwhelming, remember that it comes one moment at a time.” By Beth Mende Conny

and shall we remember

“While we are mourning the loss of our {Nino}, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.” By John Taylor


As Emissary of The Adeste Medal, Nino’s humanitarian and charitable works have touched those around him and worldwide.  Come November, he will be given the Claude I. Taylor, O.C. Tribute Award {Chairman Emeritus, Air Canada} for outstanding philanthropic works.  


While in his own world of business Nino was a financial presence, for the past eight years, he was CEO of JO LEE Magazine’s Social Media division, which division encompassed breaking news.  And for the past 32 years beginning in 1985, Nino believed in my dreams and never left my philanthropic and business side.  He was a blessing to us and to humanity – and a lesson to the world on how to do things right, how to stand by principle, how to appreciate music and history, how to be courageous.  No one else communicated points of view like he did, wrote like he did, or was so original in the way he got things done.  No one we knew ever had a better sense of self.  And because of him, remarkable things came to life.  You knew when Nino joined the cause: the bulldozers might as well have turned around and gone home.


At the end, Nino worried more about us than himself.  Never losing momentum.  Always with a smile.  Cherishing those on-going iMessages and conversations: all within his distinctive psychology that one “wanted to” listen to.


In truth, he did everything he could – and more – for each of us.  And most of all, he was a magnificent husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.  For those who knew and loved him – he graced our lives.


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