Kevin Anthony Mariano
June 14, 1966 ‒ February 27, 2019
Kevin Anthony Mariano, in the early morning of Wednesday, February 27, 2019, passed from Congestive Heart Failure and other health complications at the age of 52 in his Marion Towers apartment under hospice care in Marion, Ohio. He had been battling his terminal condition since being diagnosed in 2007.
Kevin was born June 14, 1966 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire to Bobby Pyles and Cheryl A. (Tilley) Mariano. He was adopted by Marcelo Mariano (step-father) at the age of three. He was the oldest of nine half siblings: Suzanne “Suzy” Mariano, Marcelo “Dedy”Mariano III, Tiana Pyles, Tabitha Pyles, Brittany Chase, Kevin Chase, Zachariah Burns and Shannon Hillard. Kevin considered his best friends Kevin Burke and Renetta Powell as very close extended family members. Kevin was also close to Kysha Downing of Marion Ohio and will be very missed by her. Kevin attended Holly Oak Grammar School, Liberty Baptist Middle School and Liberty Baptist High School in San Jose, California. He studied at IB Tech College in Santa Clara, California.
Kevin had dreamed of marriage and having a large family; despite having never been married or having any children of his own he considered his relationships with his siblings, nieces and nephews as the closest thing to experiencing a father’s joy.
Prior to arriving in Ohio, Kevin regularly studied as a Jehovah’s Witness. After moving to Ohio, he frequented studied at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Marion prior to his declining health and becoming home bound. He considered himself a strong man of faith.
He worked in the technology industry as a Development Test Engineer, Technical Support Specialist and in computer sales for various companies over the years in California and Arizona. He took great pride in time spent working as a security officer before experiencing a major health crisis and being diagnosed as terminally ill in 2007. After losing weight from 600 pounds to 217 pounds and receiving the compassionate care given to him by his sister Tiana Pyles and Aunt Geraldine Turner in Tennessee, his health stabilized. He was told at that time that he would not live beyond 2012. In late 2007, Kevin moved to Ohio to find his biological father whom he had never met and to connect with other family members. He developed and shared a close bond with his half-sister Brittany Chase after meeting her in his move to Ohio. She would visit with him often and will be greatly missed by her.
Kevin was a MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) enthusiast. He loved to explore different worlds and live out different experiences on line that his body would otherwise prevent him from doing in the natural world. He met and befriended many throughout the United States and the World through his online game play. He also had a love and respect for Asian culture. He tried to stay connected to his Filipino upbringing through listening to music, watching films and requesting foods such as Adobo Chicken and Muruya (banana pancakes). He enjoyed 80’s and Techno music. He would bookmark funny, interesting and educational YouTube clips that he liked to share with others.
Kevin was the type of man that could get lost in his own thoughts and would ponder many things. Despite, isolating himself in his apartment; he was a very personable person. Kevin will be remembered as a soft-spoken, considerate, respectful, and compassionate person; whom had a twinkle in his eye, a wonderful sense of humor and an additive laugh.
Kevin loved the music from Final Fantasy. He had wanted this song played at his funeral:
Aria Di Mezzo Carattere (Final Fantasy VI) Translated
Oh my hero, so far away now.
Will I ever see your smile?
Love goes away, like night into day.
It’s just a fading dream.
I’m the darkness, you’re the stars.
Our love is brighter than the sun.
For eternity, for me there can be,
Only you, my chosen one…
Must I forget you? Our solemn promise?
Will autumn take the place of spring?
What shall I do? I’m lost without you.
Speak to me once more!
We must part now, my life goes on.
But my heart won’t give you up.
Ere I walk away, let me hear you say
I meant as much to you….
So gently, you touched my heart.
I will be forever yours.
Come what may, I won’t age a day,
I’ll wait for you, always…
Today is Forever
by Kevin A. Mariano
Time waits for no one,
When all is said and done.
Yesterday is always behind us,
There is no exception or excuse.
Tomorrow is never upon us,
So is of very little use.
But today is forever.
No matter if the moon is gleaming,
Or if the sun is shining,
That is what it will stay.
Today sees every morning, every evening,
Every sunset, every dawn.
Today is always and forever,
And something we should always treasure.