Mason Dischler knew exactly where he wanted to place the cremains of his beloved father, Gregory C. Dischler, who died Oct. 30, 2020, of COVID-19 complications at 61.
Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.
That would be a fitting location, he decided, for the southern California native and lifelong, die-hard Angels fan to spend eternity. Gregory Dischler grew up “down the street’’ from the stadium. Even when living on the opposite coast, “he never lost touch with his favorite sports team.’’
“I think he would have cried,’’ he said of his final resting place.
He encouraged his son to share his passion for athletics. “He was adamant on having me try and play sports,’’ he said.
Dischler was born in Inglewood, California, and he traveled around America as a carnival worker for 10 years before eventually settling in New Bedford, where he worked as a forklift operator at Decas Cranberry Co.
His daughter Melody Dischler, remembers stories about the dad who saved her life just two months after it began. When a friend saw two-month-old Melody turning blue, her father performed CPR on her and “breathed me back to life,’’ she said.
He will eternally be a cornerstone of her life, she said. “He was very, very important to me,’’ she said.
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