By Dustin Luca
---- — ANDOVER — Maria Maggio, Andover’s acting director of plants and facilities, has died after a battle with cancer. She was 54.
An Everett resident, Maggio was first hired by the town nearly 12 years ago. She quickly rose up in the town’s Plant and Facilities Department, starting as a financial person, according to retired department director Joe Piantedosi.
In her time with the town, she filled a number of positions, including business manager, and played key roles in several town projects, including the construction of the Cormier Family Youth Center and Bancroft Elementary School. Most recently, she replaced Piantedosi as head of the department when he retired in 2011.
As the town works to merge its Plant and Facilities Department with the Department of Public Works, Maggio continued leading the Plant and Facilities Department at an acting capacity.
With her passing, the position will be filled by Ed Ataide, superintendent of the town’s maintenance department, said Town Manager Reginald “Buzz” Stapczynski. The nomination is expected to be brought before the Board of Selectmen next week.
Meanwhile, as the projects Maggio had a hand in reach completion, her name will appear in a number of places around town, Stapczynski said.
“Her legacy is going to be on a number of buildings,” he said.
A tree and monument may also be set up at the Deyermond Field sports complex as a memorial to her, honoring her love of the Red Sox, Stapczynski said.
Selectmen Chairman Alex Vispoli characterized Maggio as having “tremendous dedication to the town of Andover and the position she was holding.”
“It’s a very sad loss, and a big loss, for everyone that knew her,” he said.