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V. John Massari

Baltimore, Maryland

June 2, 1945 - May 8, 2024

V. John Massari Obituary

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, and grandfather Vito John Massari, aged 78, on May 8, 2024. He leaves behind his loving wife of 41 years, Cynthia, their daughter Jillian (son-in-law, Bradley) Shoemaker, and 3 granddaughters, Savannah, Madison, and Isabella.


Born in Bari, Italy on June 2, 1945, he immigrated to the US when he was 5 years old, along with his parents and three siblings. Raised in Garwood, NJ, John discovered NY Yankee baseball, reading, and profound love of learning which he carried throughout his life. John proudly served as a Captain in the US army. He received his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, his master’s degree from McMaster College, and ultimately completed his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Vanderbilt University in 1975.


A brilliant mind, John completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Laboratory of Clinical Sciences at the National Institute of Mental Health. He then joined the Department of Pharmacology at Howard University in 1977, where he worked for nearly 40 years, helping to lead the way in the field of neuropharmacology for the entirety of his career.


John married the love of his life in 1982. Together they traveled the world, collecting art and memories. There were cruises down the Nile, and across Europe, travels to the Land Down Under, horseback riding in New Zealand, dancing in Argentina, and memories made in Hawaii. Hand-in-hand, John and Cindy went to Canada and Mexico, and traveled coast to coast in the US, even living together in 4 different states. Their travels and love knew no bounds.


A kind-hearted family man. Unfailingly generous. A talented chef. A history buff. John could always be found with his nose in a book or creating a new recipe. In his later years, he enjoyed baking bread, and growing a tremendous cactus collection. He adored his granddaughters and could often be found reading stories to them. He will be greatly missed.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of V. John Massari hosted by Loudon Park Funeral Home.

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, and grandfather Vito John Massari, aged 78, on May 8, 2024. He leaves behind his loving wife of 41 years, Cynthia, their daughter Jillian (son-in-law, Bradley) Shoemaker, and 3 granddaughters, Savannah, Madison, and Isabella.


Born in Bari, Italy on June 2, 1945, he immigrated to the US when he was 5 years old, along with his parents and three siblings. Raised in Garwood, NJ, John discovered NY Yankee baseball, reading, and profound love of learning which he carried throughout his life. John proudly served as a Captain in the US army. He received his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, his master’s degree from McMaster College, and ultimately completed his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Vanderbilt University in 1975.


A brilliant mind, John completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Laboratory of Clinical Sciences at the National Institute of Mental Health. He then joined the Department of Pharmacology at Howard University in 1977, where he worked for nearly 40 years, helping to lead the way in the field of neuropharmacology for the entirety of his career.


John married the love of his life in 1982. Together they traveled the world, collecting art and memories. There were cruises down the Nile, and across Europe, travels to the Land Down Under, horseback riding in New Zealand, dancing in Argentina, and memories made in Hawaii. Hand-in-hand, John and Cindy went to Canada and Mexico, and traveled coast to coast in the US, even living together in 4 different states. Their travels and love knew no bounds.


A kind-hearted family man. Unfailingly generous. A talented chef. A history buff. John could always be found with his nose in a book or creating a new recipe. In his later years, he enjoyed baking bread, and growing a tremendous cactus collection. He adored his granddaughters and could often be found reading stories to them. He will be greatly missed.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of V. John Massari hosted by Loudon Park Funeral Home.

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