One of Lane Cove’s most familiar and well-loved faces, Mary Lazzaro, has passed away, aged 88, leaving behind husband Joe, sons Rick and Paul, daughter Lisa, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Sadly, the lockdown restrictions meant that only 10 people could attend the funeral, so the family has requested this notice to alert Mary’s many friends and acquaintances in the community.

Mary and her husband Joe lived in Lane Cove for 60 years and run the shop ‘Lawrence Fruit and Vegetables’ on Longueville Road from 1963 until 1996. After 15 years living above the shop they moved to College Road South, Riverview.

A gentle, kind and generous lady, Mary was married to Joe for 62 years. She grew up on the family farm, which is now the site of Macquarie University, and became a primary school teacher at Santa Sabina College, Strathfield before getting married.

Mary was very active at St Michaels Church and was renowned for being thoughtful and young at heart. Her door was always open on festive holidays and the family would host large gatherings for lunch and dinner. She was also a big fan of the opera, loved trips to Mudgee and family picnics.

After they retired, Mary and Joe took part in many Sydney Community Services activities including the Day Trips.  They made many friends on seniors’ outings and luncheons, and often meet up with former fruit shop customers.

RIP Mary. You will not be forgotten in our hearts or our memories.