John’s story

John Mazzone was a dedicated member of the Glaziers Local Union 1281 for 18 years. The GLU was known as 1087 when John joined the union while working at Church Avenue Glass in Brooklyn, NY. Later worked for Citi glass, located in Staten Island and Neversink Construction, where he stayed until the opportunity to better serve his Union and became an Organizer for District Council 9. In the spring of 2002 John felt the need to get back to the construction end of the business and went back to work for Neversink Construction, the best shop one could hope to work for.

John lived in two places his entire life, born and raised in Brooklyn and built a life and family in Cornwall, NY. John met his wife, Adrienne in 1989 in lower Manhattan. They married in 1990, built a contemporary home that they designed and built and had a son, Jake, all in the same year. Two years later they had a daughter, Sirena. Now 11 and 14. Both children sport many of their parent’s great qualities.

John was a very healthy man and hard working his entire life. In fact since he joined the union and prior to his illness, due to colds–he only missed approximately two weeks of work. When not working, John was always active in creating stained glass art, riding his motorcycle, flying model airplanes with his children and being a very actively involved father and husband. Active in his community John was president of the Road Association for many years, recipient of the Eileen M. Hickey award, always volunteering with sports events–umpire (talk about pressure!), wiring classrooms for computers, preserving farms from developers as well as donating to many fundraising events for many illnesses.

The day after Christmas, December 26, 2002, John first felt the uneasiness in his abdomen area. Because he’s also been so healthy, he never thought that this uneasiness was the beginning of a battle with cancer. Duodenal Cancer, a rare cancer. So rare that one of the largest cancer treatment centers, Sloan Kettering Memorial Cancer Center in New York City only treats approximately 5-10 patients a year with this type. On February 6, 2003–John’s 42nd birthday, the biopsy that proved malignant was preformed. The doctor (and numerous other doctors) told John that his case was an inoperable (since it spread to his liver) Stage IV cancer that also spread thru his lymphotic system. John and his family were completely taken by surprise by the prognosis.

John apted to go the Chemotherapy route. John began his Chemotherapy treatment on March 10, 2003 with two very aggressive medications, Cisplatin and CPT-11. These medications and numerous others went on for sometime. John was feeling nausea, tiredness and pain in his abdomen. His mental attitude of being so positive helped during the entire process. Every time he’d head into the Chemotherapy Suite, he had a different joke for the nurses. The nurses always had a smile for John.

Family, friends, acquaintances, neighbors and even people he hardly met before were calling, writing and visiting. The support was so tremendous. The best support of all was from his children and loving wife.

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A special thank you to H.A.D. Photography for use of photos and story.

An internet support group for Duodenal Cancer patients and survivors is now underway due to John and his wife Adrienne. John had the opportunity to located three survivors of Duodenal Cancer that are currently available for anyone out there seeking someone going thru the same cancer. They can be reached by writing to or joining the two groups available.

John wanted everyone to know, “you’re not alone.” With that thought, this site will remain available, as his wife, Adrienne continues to do research and maintains


John J. Mazzone
February 6, 1961 ~ September 2, 2004

May he rest in peace

With John’s famous words, “Forever Forward”, that’s what his wife and two children are doing;