Deacon Silvio Mayo

Friday, Aug. 03, 2018
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Deacon Silvio Mayo

Silvio Mayo, prominent deacon and former chancellor of the Diocese of Salt Lake City, died August 3, 2018, following a long illness. 

He was born December 21, 1924 to John and Antionette Giardino Mayo in Columbia, Utah. Following graduation from Judge Memorial Catholic High School in 1942, he married Mary Lourdes Gonzales in December of 1943 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Salt Lake City.

Silvio and Mary had three children: Robert (Kathy), Joanne M. Mayo and Msgr. Joseph M. Mayo; grandchildren Paul (Tina) and David; and great-grandchildren Evan and Raquel.

For twenty-seven years Silvio was employed at the J. C. Penney Company, Western Accounting Division; and for 28 years he served as Chancellor of the Diocese of Salt Lake City. He was ordained December 26, 1976 in the diocese's first class of deacons in the restored diaconate following the Second Vatican Council. 

He was a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus, a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and recipient of the Vatican Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Award.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Albert and Joe, sister Antionette and son Robert Mayo.

Deacon Mayo enjoyed many happy years serving a variety of diocesan and parish ministries and appreciated his relationship with the bishops, cathedral parishioners and supervision of Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery. His Italian heritage was his delight and his family and friends special blessings. He was the last of the Great Generation.

A vigil service will be at the Cathedral of the Madeleine Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 7 p.m., followed by a viewing. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at the cathedral on Friday, August 10 at 10:30 a.m. with burial at Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

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