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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. Peggy Ann Murphy lit a candle:
    21 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 21, 2022 at 11:54:25 PM

  2. 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.

  3. 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. ❤️

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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.

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

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

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    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

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

  12. 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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    21 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 21, 2022 at 11:57:01 PM

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    Lit since November 21, 2022 at 11:55:26 PM

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    Lit since November 21, 2022 at 11:48:51 PM

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    21 Nov 2022
    Memory of pleasant conversation and laughs when we met for breakfast together.
    Memory of pleasant conversation and laughs when we met for breakfast together.

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    21 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 21, 2022 at 11:22:14 PM

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    Lit since November 21, 2022 at 11:21:55 PM

  19. Chris and Andy G. says:
    21 Nov 2022
    We feel very fortunate that we had the opportunity to meet with Alex. Immediately we found Alex to be extremely likeable making it easy to see why he is loved by so many. Though his talents were impressive his love for his family shined brightest of all. Alex will be missed but the memory of such a fine man always lives on. Our condolences to Ed and all his family and friends.

  20. Michelle Esp lit a candle:
    21 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 21, 2022 at 11:03:43 PM

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    Lit since November 21, 2022 at 11:59:48 PM

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    Lit since November 21, 2022 at 11:44:41 PM

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    Lit since November 21, 2022 at 11:39:34 PM

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    21 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 21, 2022 at 11:28:11 PM

  26. Michael Keiser says:
    21 Nov 2022
    You were a great man Alex!! Always wonderful to my sister and I, you will be missed dearly. I am glad that Jasper was able to meet you before you left this earth!! Watch over my uncle from above!!

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    21 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 21, 2022 at 11:25:30 PM

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    21 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 21, 2022 at 11:23:47 PM

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    21 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 21, 2022 at 11:08:36 PM

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    21 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 21, 2022 at 11:53:57 PM

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

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    Lit since November 21, 2022 at 11:34:05 PM

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    Lit since November 21, 2022 at 11:12:40 PM

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    Lit since November 21, 2022 at 11:12:11 PM

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    21 Nov 2022
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    21 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 21, 2022 at 11:54:19 PM

  38. Sherry Turpin says:
    21 Nov 2022
    My dear friend, Al. I will miss you terribly. You will always have a piece of my heart. Thank you for being a wonderful colleague, big brother, and friend for the last 34 years.

  39. Sherry Turpin lit a candle:
    21 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 21, 2022 at 11:48:28 PM

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  44. Hil and Steve says:
    21 Nov 2022
    We just read it and cried again. Beautifully written for a beautiful man. He was so special. We miss him every day.

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    21 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 21, 2022 at 11:31:27 PM

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    21 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 21, 2022 at 11:30:45 PM

  47. Michelle Tosto says:
    21 Nov 2022
    Ed
    You and the family are in our prayers. Sending hugs.

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    21 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 21, 2022 at 11:04:16 PM

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