Mr. Mariano Arias

July 22, 1921March 20, 2010

Arrangements under the direction of Ocean View Funeral Home, Burnaby, BC.


  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, March 26, 2010

Mr. Mariano Arias

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Tessie Cayetano

May 6, 2010

Dear Lito,

It was a great shock to know your kind dad passed away. I tried to think of what to write. Then I prayed to Mang Mariano to help me say something to you and I remember this poem I read some years back. After arriving from Germany, I looked for it and here it goes....your dad wants you to know...

I Am The Gentle Autumn's Rain

Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there.
I do not sleep.
I am a thousnd winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush.
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there.
I did not die.

My family who had known your dad (he being the classmate of our mother in high school) is extending our heartfelt condolences to you and your brothers and sister Winnie. The nuns and brothers at the Divine Mercy are praying for him and he is included in their daily mass intentions.

Take care,

Tessie, Rey and the entire CAYETANO family

Cesar Pascual

April 29, 2010

Dearest Tony, Lito, Winnie, Allan, Aris and Archie,

I am saddened to hear about the passing away of Uncle Mariano. I am sure that this is a difficult time for all of you. It seems so unexpected. I pray that God will help to ease the pain of your loss. Your dad was a very kind man, like an angel. I will always remember his soft gentle voice. He only wanted what’s best for you. Uncle Mariano has completed his part of the journey on earth and is now in paradise. It’s for you to continue the journey for which he has prepared you. God bless us all.

With deepest sympathy from all of us,
Cesar and family.

Archie Arias

April 29, 2010

I miss you Dad but I know you are in a happier place with our Creator.

Fr. Preston Passos

April 14, 2010

My Dear Friends,
May God bless you during this time of grieving. Always remember the good times shared with Mariano and keep him alive in your hearts. Peace, Fr. Preston

April 14, 2010

Dear Lito,
We are deeply saddened to hear about your father's passing. We pray that God will bestow the strength, the comfort, and the understanding that you and your loved ones will need during this very difficult time. Please know that we uphold the Arias family in our thoughts and in our prayers, as you go through this life process of separation.
As you know, I had just lost my Dad last November. There is something deeply profound about losing a father that is hard to put into words, but let me try.
When my Mom passed away, I was so devastated by the loss that it seemed as though the world as I had known it had ended and gone away with her. Of course, reality sets in as you remain cognizant that you still have a life of your own ahead of you - and a family and their lives ahead of them, but heck, that life has just started and is progressing as we speak. But I pertain to the life that I had while my parents were still around and in their primes. Those were the good years - great years even! But now, with both of them gone, I seemed to have lost the reality of those years. "...oh death in life...the days that are no more..." - (Tennyson). My siblings and I still make pilgrimages to our home in Tierra Pura to visit and relive those memorable years and happy memories of the world that we had known growing up - our childhood, teenage years, adolescence, family life, Christmases, birthdays, and so forth - all but memories now that seem to be but a speck of dust, blown away by even the gentlest of breezes.
Although STILL with a deep sense of loss, when our father left our midst, it was a different feeling of longing. Moms portray love, comfort, warmth, nurturing, caring and other things maternal. But when Dad departed, a feeling of structure, of respect, of order, discipline and that calming feeling of "security" went with him - all things paternal. Growing up, we, as the rebels that we are, came into a lot of 'conflicts' with the authority figure which is the father. Pero, “by the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he is wrong” (Charles Wadsworth). Full circle ba?
I am touched by your reference to your father as a "dear friend" which probably best describes the loss that I too, feel deep inside. I still have not gotten over his passing to this very day as I miss him still. Now I understand the grief my parents went through when their parents passed on. Circle of life. All we can hope and pray for is that their ideals and spirit(s) live through us.
Although there is nothing I can say or do to ease the pain of your father's passing, I pray that these few words may give comfort to you and your family. Although not biblical and/or scriptural, please let me share with you some passages that give me great comfort in these difficult times.

“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls a butterfly”. Richard Bach

"Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come". - Rabindranath Tagore

“Whenever God closes a door, somehow He opens a window”. – Oscar Hammerstein III

Please give our sincerest condolences to Tony, your other siblings and their families as well.

Blessings to you.


P.S. “One night, a father overheard his son pray: Dear GOD, make me the kind of man my Daddy is. Later that night, the Father prayed, Dear GOD, make me the kind of man my son wants me to be” - anonymous o

Tony Nguyen

April 13, 2010

Dear Lito and family.
My deepest symphathy to you and your family. May God give all of your family the strength to go thru this most difficult time. May God takes Mr. Mariano to heaven. My prayer is going to you and your family during this most critical time.

April 13, 2010

Dear Lito and Gina, our condolences to you. We pray for the eternal repose of your father's soul. May he rest in peace.

Laureen and Lem

April 9, 2010

Dear Tony, Lito, Winnie, Allan, Archie & Aris,

Please accept my sincerest sympathies on the passing away of your dad. I have included him as well as all of you and your families in my prayers today.

Milo P. Ramirez


April 8, 2010

My dear friend Lito i give you my hand i give you my heart in this time of sadness at the loss of your beloved dad also please give our love and condolences to your family Your friends in England Jackie Norma and Kim

Eileen Ramos Cura & Family

April 8, 2010

I am at a loss for words. I am so sorry for the lost of your Dad. May his great memories give you strength during this difficult time. Eternal rest grant unto Tito Mariano, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him...may he rest in peace.