Published in the February 28, 2019 edition.

WAKEFIELD — Mario R. Miller, a 26, lifelong resident of Wakefield, died unexpectedly, February 25, 2019.

Born in Melrose, Mario was the beloved son of Maria Sallese of Wakefield and Maurice “Reggie” Miller, his wife Janet of Kingston, N.H. He was raised and educated in Wakefield and a graduate of Wakefield Memorial High School Class of 2011. From a young age, Mario had a love and talent for soccer. He continued to excel in the sport and served as Captain and goalkeeper of the high school team his senior year. He also enjoyed volunteering his time to the Wakefield Youth Soccer program coaching and working with kids to help them develop their skills.

Mario worked for Sid Harvey Industries, an HVAC company, and enjoyed sharing laughs with his work family.

Mario had a bright personality and a great sense of humor. He enjoyed visiting the ocean at night, shooting pool, playing darts with friends and riding ATVs. He was a member of the Wakefield Elks and volunteered his time to a number of different charity events they sponsored. He loved his pets, collecting hugs and kisses from Betsy and snuggle time with Kitty.

Mario will be deeply missed by his family, friends and anyone that had the pleasure and blessing of knowing him.

Along with his parents, Mario is survived by his grandparents, Pasquale Sallese, his wife Audrey of Lexington and the late Barbara Sallese, Carol A. Miller of Somerville and the late Maurice R. Miller Sr. Dear nephew of Nancy Sallese of Woburn, her late husband Edward, Steven Sallese, his wife Megan of Mich., Linda Rizzo of Maine, Jonathan Miller of Fla., and Tracie Doherty of Medford. Cherished best friend of Tom Campbell of Woburn and loving boyfriend of Rachel Spencer of Marblehead, formerly of Wakefield. Mario is also survived by his many close cousins and friends, sadly being predeceased by his dear cousin and friend, Becky Sallese.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Friday, March 1, 3-7 p.m. in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. At the request of the family burial will be private.