This week, services were held in Southborough for the late, original proprietor of Mauro’s Market. William Mauro passed away last week.
The Milford Daily News wrote up a nice feature remembering him. It includes memories shared by family members and Southborough residents. Below are some highlights:
Son of Joe Mauro, a Southborough farm owner, and brother to Calvin, an assistant school superintendent, and John, head groundskeeper at St. Mark’s School, 32-year-old William had bigger plans for himself in 1967.
He bought a market from the Ramelli family and ran it as a hardware store, which Steve says offered services in “glass-cutting, screen-cutting, selling nails by the pound and cornflakes up on the top shelf that (someone) would have to get a cherry picker to bring down a box.”
In the 1970s, the market added groceries, and when Steve graduated from high school in 1979, the store obtained a liquor license and evolved over time to become a grocery store that catered to the small town’s needs. . .
“Willie Mauro was a pioneer. Willie Mauro went for it,” said longtime friend Mari Quirk, who moved to Southborough in the mid-’70s. “There was always this energy from him and he was always there with a smile.” . . .
“There were certain people that would come in that didn’t have enough money to feed their kids,” Steve recalled. “My father would always tell me, ‘When so-and-so puts their groceries on the counter, put them in a bag. Don’t ring them up. Don’t charge them. Just let them go.’”
For the full story, click here.