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1919 King Street East
HAMILTON, ON L8K 1V9
Phone: 905-549-9955
Fax: 905-549-0724
Gerald

Gerald "Jerry" Mariani

Monday, July 3rd, 1944 - Monday, March 11th, 2019
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Mariani, Gerald Augustus “Jerry”

Passed away peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospital on March 11, 2019 in his 75th year. Beloved husband of Wendy for 35 years. Jerry was born in Toronto, Ontario to Mary (nee Rubino) and Joseph Mariani (both deceased). Son-in-law to Reg and Barbara Marratto (both deceased). Lovingly remembered by his daughter Michelle of New Market and predeceased by his daughter Holly, of Tampa. Grieving deeply are the loves of their Papa’s life, “Main Man” Cristiano, “Cuddle Bug with the best kisses ever” Mia, and his “Best Boy” Jase. Jerry leaves behind his sister-in-law Sherry Bird (Brian) and brothers-in-law Gary Marratto (Lisette), Paul Marratto, and Brad Marratto (Paula), as well as nieces Sarah Zelsman (Jake), Meghan Bird Francis (Amanda), and great niece Lennon. Jerry is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Jerry was a graduate of DeVry Institute in the area of communication electronics and before the age of 30, he established his business, Delco Wire and Cable Ltd. In Concord, Ontario. Over the thirty years that Jerry remained as owner and CEO, the business, thanks in part to the loyal staff and his excellent leadership, grew to include locations in Hong Kong, Edmonton and Tampa, Florida. Jerry enjoyed trapshooting since he was a young boy. He excelled, won many a trophy and travelled with his good friend, Andy Murdock, to compete in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and abroad. Jerry, together with his father, Joe Mariani and family friends, Arrigo and Tony Pezzetta, was instrumental in founding Toronto Gun Club where they and their families worked diligently to elevate the sport in the community. Jerry worked tirelessly the year he was the President of the Ontario Provincial Trapshooting Association to improve the quality of the sport in Ontario, to preserve the aging but historical Hamilton Gun Club, raise interest and increase membership. During this time, Jerry served on the Board of Directors for the Toronto Eye Foundation which helped bring the first ever laser excimer to Canada. As someone who suffered from poor eyesight, he was especially motivated to bring these benefits to so many.
In 1994, Jerry moved to The Silver Dollar Trap and Golf Club in Odessa, Florida as a semi-retiree. While there, he participated in the Annual Chairshooter Foundation Fundraisers to provide scholarships to paraplegic and quadriplegic students. He taught the chair bound to clay target shoot and helped them to overcome some of their lesser adversities. As well as shooting, his hobbies included the building and owning of custom-built motorcoaches. He was an avid collector of cars during his entire lifetime; Sports cars, classic cars, luxury cars and race cars. His knowledge of such was inexhaustible. Perhaps being genetically predisposed, Jerry loved construction. He was at peace watching concrete being poured and he followed every trade doggedly, if it was a house or office building that was being built for him. One of the hobbies Jerry found later in life was horses. He loved playing with them, feeding them, owning them, brushing them, travelling with them but mostly driving them and competing with them. The horses and their people brought immeasurable joy to Jerry and his family.
Suffice it to say, his Heavenly Father saw fit to grant Jerry a long and full life. He was incredibly blessed by the abundance of love given to him by the babies left in his care by God, through his daughter, Holly. Father and daughter, son and parents and old shooting buddies will be reunited again in peace and love. May your cigars be smooth and Cuban and your whiskey, single malt and Scotch!
Many deep and heartfelt thank you’s are sent to the nurses, techs and friends of the St. Joseph Dialysis Clinic who demonstrated their care and compassion on a weekly basis to Jerry and our family; to the ER doctors and nurses at St. Joseph’s Hospital for their kindness and unending patience, esp. Jordan, Josh, Tessa and Dr. Sydney Godzisz. Lastly, to the village (you know who you are) that has helped raise this family up and who are keeping this ship afloat during times of troubled waters, my love and deepest thanks.
Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held at P.X. DERMODY FUNERAL HOME (796 Upper Gage Ave. between Mohawk and Fennell) on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 from 6-8 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church (11 Wilson St. W., Ancaster) on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the St. Joseph’s Kidney Foundation would be greatly appreciated by the family.

“Good Night, God Bless, I love you forever and always!”
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    P.X. Dermody - Upper Gage
    Address
    796 Upper Gage Ave.
    HAMILTON, ON L8V 4K4
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  • Service

    Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 | 10:30am
    When
    Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 10:30am
    Location
    St. Ann's Catholic Church
    Address
    11 Wilson Street West
    ANCASTER, ON
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Brad Marratto

Posted at 07:23pm
© David Harkins
He Is gone
You can shed tears that he is gone,
Or you can smile because he lived,
You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back,
Or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left.
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him
Or you can be full of the love that you shared,
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember him and only that he is gone
Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on,
You can cry and close your mind be empty and turn your
back,
Or you can do what he would want: smile, open your eyes,
love and go on.
Dear Wendy, Cris Mia & Jase – Our hearts go out to all of you today and in the days ahead.
Love Paula & Brad
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Posted at 12:08pm
Our warmest condolences. Jerry was a large part of my childhood and I will never forget him.
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