Mario A. Maldari, age 64 of Stow, passed away from pancreatic cancer on Friday, January 4, 2008 at Massachusetts General Hospital.�He is survived by his loving wife Nancy Lee (Badstubner), his children, Monica Maldari and her husband Shawn King, and Enrico Maldari, all of Stow, and Mario Maldari and his wife Shannon (Schumacher) of Chapel Hill, N.C. He was also the proud grandfather of Vincent and Henry King and Emerson Sage Maldari. In addition, he is survived by his brothers Giuseppi of Italy, Saverio of Falmouth, and Rafaello of Leominster, and his sisters Caterina Chirico of Leominster, Felicia Manago of Fitchburg, and Teresa Valliere of AZ.�He was also brother to the late Nicoletta Fournier.�
Born in Giovinazzo, Italy on March 3, 1943, he was the son of the late Francesco and Antonietta (Fiorentino) Maldari.�Raised in Italy, Mr. Maldari moved to Fitchburg, Ma in 1955 and finally settled in Stow, MA.
Mr. Maldari was a successful and accomplished businessman in the semiconductor and photonics industry.�He was a global entrepreneur - traveling across the United States, Europe, and Asia including Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, India, and China. Mr. Maldari started his career at the Jarrell-Ash company in 1965 as a research/systems engineer, working his way through the management chain. Most recently he was working as president for Opco Labs in Fitchburg.�Mario enjoyed a successful career of over 35 years of executive management experience in the analytical instrumentation and photonics industry. Prior to working at OPCO, he was a founder, CEO, and President of Inspex Corporation, a manufacturer of inspection equipment for semiconductor wafers.�Mario was a true businessman, dedicated to the customer and to the quality of his work.�He was involved in all aspects of his business - from sales and marketing, to engineering, development, manufacturing and finance.�Whether he was working in the semiconductor industry or the optics field, the encounters that he made during his business life produced lasting and true friendships with people whom he honored and respected.
Mr. Maldari was a member of the Board of Trustees at First Parish Church in Stow.�He also served as an advisor and mentor to many, both on a personal and professional level.
Mario was a passionate athlete, who was dedicated to running and staying fit.�He could often be seen running to his office (over 15 miles away), or biking from Stow to Fitchburg on his 10 speed.�At age 40 he ran and completed the Boston Marathon and in 3.5 hours.�At age 60, he was still actively running and challenging his children to keep up with him.
During his spare time he enjoyed traveling, spending time with his family, exercising, working on and driving his little green MG, cooking, and engaging in passionate philosophical discussions.