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Alexander S. Mariano
  • September 15, 1953
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  • October 28, 2022

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Alexander S. Mariano, of The Villages, Florida, passed away on 10/28/2022 at the age of 69. Alex is survived by his loving partner of 24 years, Edward Keiser; his daughter Jessica Mariano; Ed’s son Brendan (Ashley) Keiser and grandsons Hayden and Dawson Keiser. He is also survived by sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law in NY, as well as nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Geraldine Hickey Mariano, and brother Daniel Mariano. He was born in Queens, NY, and moved as a child to Islip Terrace. Eventually he settled in Shirley, NY.

Alex taught in several parochial schools in Long Island prior to starting his teaching career at Center Moriches High School. He taught middle school math for 30 years. In addition, for 20 years, he directed the annual school musical as well as dramas put on by the Drama Club. He was a parishioner at St. Jude’s RC Church in Mastic, serving as VP of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, where he was dedicated to helping families in the area obtain food, assistance with their bills and furniture.

Alex retired to The Villages with Ed in 2013, giving him the opportunity to explore new interests. Golf became a favorite social event, playing weekly rounds with friends. Expanding his creative side, he designed stunning pieces of pottery with his pottery club. Alex found much joy in socializing with friends, playing trivia, participating in dinner clubs and game nights, and riding around in the golf cart. With an immense passion for music, he took up playing the ukulele, entertaining friends and family, along with local nursing homes and clubs with fellow ukulele players. He “graduated” to the guitar, taking lessons, and joining a club where he would play folk songs with others who played a variety of instruments. “Jam” sessions with his daughter brought him incredible joy. Alex attended the United Church of Christ in The Villages, having a leadership role in the Diaconate and becoming Vice-Moderator. He was an involved member of the Sumter County Democratic Club.

Alex enjoyed traveling and cruising and spending time with family and friends. He was a wonderful Poppy to Hayden and Dawson. His infectious smile and laugh would light up a room. Anyone lucky enough to know Alex was blessed by his compassionate and thoughtful nature. He was a gentle and sensitive soul who cared deeply about integrity.

In remembrance of Alex, give a hug to those you love and give a random smile to a stranger. Also, listen to either a Beatles, Beach Boys or Kenny Loggins song and know that he is listening with you. Arrangements entrusted with BALDWIN BROTHERS Funeral & Cremation Society-Spanish Springs, 352-480-5959. Sentiments are encouraged at www.baldwincremation.com.


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  1. Connie Weaver lit a candle:
    27 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 27, 2022 at 11:50:37 PM

  2. Ray Wickman says:
    27 Nov 2022
    Al's passing is so sad. I remember making movies 50 years ago. It reminds me of all the memories I still need to digitize.

  3. Steve Burt says:
    25 Nov 2022
    Jolyn and I miss you, Alex, and my daughter Wendy in Colorado sends condolences to Ed. Jolyn and I enjoyed golfing and dinners with you two (at both of your Villages houses and at ours) and thought you made a great couple. We also appreciated your support n our writing endeavors. We miss you.

  4. Diane McCormick lit a candle:
    24 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 24, 2022 at 11:10:42 PM

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    Lit since November 24, 2022 at 11:34:34 PM

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    23 Nov 2022
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    23 Nov 2022
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    23 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 23, 2022 at 11:27:22 PM

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    Lit since November 23, 2022 at 11:22:37 PM

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    Lit since November 23, 2022 at 11:12:41 PM

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    23 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 23, 2022 at 11:53:41 PM

  20. Deb Chance says:
    23 Nov 2022
    I worked with Al for several years before he retired. He was funny, kind, and made everyone feel comfortable- just a great person!

  21. Jamie Migliore (Hickey) lit a candle:
    22 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 22, 2022 at 11:08:10 PM

  22. Jamie Migliore (Hickey) says:
    22 Nov 2022
    It seems like just yesterday we were going to Uncle Al’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. Uncle Al was a fun loving , thoughtful and very entertaining Uncle. All the kids in the family loved his plays and playing family games during family gatherings with him. One of my fondest memories was going to the Old Bethpage Village and Restoration with my Uncle Al and Aunt Geri during Christmas time. Every time I have been there since, I think of them. He will remain in the warmest place in all our hearts.

  23. Sherry Turpin posted an image:
    22 Nov 2022
    This is one of my favorite photos of us.  We had such an easy friendship and your will always be family to me.  Thirty seven years of love and laughter.  I will miss you, Al.
    This is one of my favorite photos of us. We had such an easy friendship and your will always be family to me. Thirty seven years of love and laughter. I will miss you, Al.

  24. Cody Bryant lit a candle:
    22 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 22, 2022 at 11:19:38 PM

  25. Chris & Joe D’Antonio says:
    22 Nov 2022
    They say success is not money but the souls you touch. Alex touched many souls. Such a sweet person. So easy to talk to. We became friends so easily. I will miss him very much and with Thanksgiving around the corner, It touches my heart and makes be sad to miss his email greetings ❤️❤️

  26. Christine lit a candle:
    22 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 22, 2022 at 11:17:38 PM

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    22 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 22, 2022 at 11:38:12 PM

  28. Tawnia says:
    22 Nov 2022
    Such an amazing guy. His smile radiated kindness. Loving father to my good friend Jessica. Very sorry for the loss of this beautiful man. Glad he lived such a adventurous fun meaningful life. Rip Alexander Mariano

  29. Tawnia lit a candle:
    22 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 22, 2022 at 11:33:04 PM

  30. Brie lit a candle:
    22 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 22, 2022 at 11:32:00 PM

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    22 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 22, 2022 at 11:55:48 PM

  32. Jim and Michela posted an image:
    22 Nov 2022
    Clingmans Dome Great Smoky Mountains. Triumphantly made it to the top after hiking 1/2 mile STEEP incline!  We did it Alex  We will always treasure these fond memories
    Clingmans Dome Great Smoky Mountains. Triumphantly made it to the top after hiking 1/2 mile STEEP incline! We did it Alex We will always treasure these fond memories

  33. Virginia Costello says:
    22 Nov 2022
    Al was a friend of mine during school We had so much fun making movies and hanging out

  34. Jim and Michela posted an image:
    22 Nov 2022
    Remembering our special times together, especially Hilton Head Island. Alex, our wonderful friend, whose positive spirit will live on in all the lives you touched. Love and miss you  xoxo
    Remembering our special times together, especially Hilton Head Island. Alex, our wonderful friend, whose positive spirit will live on in all the lives you touched. Love and miss you xoxo

  35. Barbara Barnes says:
    22 Nov 2022
    I had the very good fortune to meet Alex and Ed when I purchased their former home in The Villages and they were both gracious and humorous & kind. I was truly sorry to learn about Alex's passing. He will be mourned and missed by many, but his memory will flourish in the hearts & minds of everyone who loved him, especially his devoted partner Ed.

  36. Alicia Cooper says:
    22 Nov 2022
    I have such fond memories of visiting Al and Geri as a child. They were always so kind and so much fun to be around. Al gave the best hugs and his smile radiated so much joy. Jess, I’m sending you and your family so much love and you all are in my thoughts.

  37. Robin Houston says:
    21 Nov 2022
    Dear Al, I barely got to know you nearly 50 (!) years as a fellow film geek. You inspired and encouraged me to be brave, and silly, and inventive. If I hadn't moved so far (3,000 miles) away, I think you would have continued to be a cherished mentor to me. Thanx for helping me to be fully human.

  38. Peggy Ann Murphy lit a candle:
    21 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 21, 2022 at 11:07:31 PM

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    21 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 21, 2022 at 11:54:25 PM

  40. Jess posted an image:
    21 Nov 2022
    Halloween was our favorite time growing up, my childhood home on Long Island.
    Halloween was our favorite time growing up, my childhood home on Long Island.

  41. Jess posted an image:
    21 Nov 2022
    My dad always said he loved this picture of us. We always stopped here to eat during our family trips upstate, NY during Christmas time. ❤️
    My dad always said he loved this picture of us. We always stopped here to eat during our family trips upstate, NY during Christmas time. ❤️

  42. Steven Denenholtz says:
    21 Nov 2022
    What a beautifully written obituary truly capturing the spirit of Alex and the wonderful life the two of you shared together. The writing truly evidences the special love you had for each other and the essence of Alex’s spirit. He truly will be missed by all that knew and loved him.

  43. Phyllis LiBretti lit a candle:
    21 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 21, 2022 at 11:10:24 PM

  44. Bill Olson says:
    21 Nov 2022
    Al, I know you are gone and I am so deeply saddened by this. Still, in so many ways, you are with us. You greatly influenced my life for the better. Our friendship through the years got us both through good times and bad. I know I am not alone in feeling this way. I have never known anyone so loved.

  45. Bill and Stewart lit a candle:
    21 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 21, 2022 at 11:39:51 PM

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    21 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 21, 2022 at 11:37:06 PM

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    21 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 21, 2022 at 11:34:47 PM

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    21 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 21, 2022 at 11:24:11 PM

  49. Jessica says:
    21 Nov 2022
    Dad,
    I will love you forever and like you said, until eternity if possible.

  50. Erik and Karen Meberg says:
    21 Nov 2022
    Even though we never had the chance to officially meet Alex, he touched our hearts with the kindness he shared with us during a difficult time in our lives. Thank you to Alex and to Ed for being so supportive and for caring so much. You will forever be remembered for the love you shared so willingly ❤

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