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Howard-Quattlebaum Funeral, Cremation and Event Center

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OBITUARY

John Francis Mariani

July 25, 1951February 3, 2020
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JOHN FRANCIS MARIANI, 68, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, February 3, 2020. John was born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., the son of Frank and Gilda Mariani. He grew up in Chester Heights, Pa. and attended Archmere Academy in Claymont, Del. where he was co-captain of the Auks football team. John attended the University of Notre Dame and joined the Fighting Irish football team as a walk on during his freshman year. Through grit and determination, he earned a scholarship his sophomore year. He was proud to play linebacker and help lead the special teams for coach Ara Parseghian. Following graduation, John earned his law degree with honors from the University of Miami School of Law where he was an executive board member of the Law Review.

John was a member of the Florida Bar for more than 40 years. Early in his career, he served as law clerk for the Honorable Ruggero J. Aldisert of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. John became an accomplished trial and appellate attorney specializing in complex business litigation. Following his clerkship, he joined one of the nation’s oldest Wall Street law firms and later practiced with prominent firms in South Florida. Most recently, he was a partner in the Kammerer Mariani Law Group in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Throughout his lifetime, John embraced a strong work ethic and advocated tirelessly for his clients. He was a friend and mentor of grateful young lawyers. He chaired Florida’s 15th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission and the Federal Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the Southern District of Florida. He also served on the Advisory Committee on Court-Annexed Mediation for the Southern District of Florida.

John had a variety of interests and was an avid reader, golfer, and sports fan. He will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather, and loyal friend. John was a longtime parishioner of St. Clare Catholic Church in North Palm Beach, an inductee of Archmere Academy’s Sports Hall of Fame, and a member of the National Italian American Foundation.

He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Mariani and nephew, William Robert Mock III. He is survived by his mother, Gilda D’Angelo Mariani; children, Andrew (Melissa) Mariani, Sara (Kevin) Mallon, Patrick (Jennifer) Mariani; grandchildren, Tyler Mariani, Joseph Mariani, John F. Mariani, Stella Mallon, Samantha Mariani, Henry Mallon; former wife Marcia “Pag” Mariani; siblings Frank (Sandy) Mariani, Becky (the late Jack Brady husband) Brady, Peter (Erin) Mariani, Gilda (William) Mock, Christopher Mariani (the late Stacey Smith-wife).

Visitation will be held 2/13 from 4-7pm and 2/14 from 4-7pm, at Howard-Quattlebaum in North Palm Beach; with the Mass of Christian Burial on 2/15 at 11 am-St. Clare Church, North Palm Beach.

Memorial contributions may be made to Billy Mock Foundation billymockfoundation.org.

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by his mother, Gilda D’Angelo Mariani; children, Andrew (Melissa) Mariani, Sara (Kevin) Mallon, Patrick (Jennifer) Mariani; grandchildren, Tyler Mariani, Joseph Mariani, John F. Mariani, Stella Mallon, Samantha Mariani, Henry Mallon; former wife Marcia “Pag” Mariani; siblings Frank (Sandy) Mariani, Becky (the late Jack Brady husband) Brady, Peter (Erin) Mariani, Gilda (William) Mock, Christopher Mariani (the late Stacey Smith-wife).

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, February 13, 2020
  • Visitation Friday, February 14, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, February 15, 2020
  • Committal Service Saturday, February 15, 2020

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Lena Cotton

February 18, 2020

Mr Mariani was a awesome attorney and strong man of God. He gave me hope and not to give up. He continually encouraged me even when I almost lost my faith. I thank Gød for putting you in my path and for being a great friend. May your spirit rest high. Will miss you til we meet again.

Tim Vallace

February 15, 2020

I was blessed to know John as a close friend and mentor over the last 10 years or so. If asked how to best describe John Francis Mariani, I would say that he lived with passion, he loved and cared deeply about all he did and everyone he interacted with. John 's selflessness and ability to encourage others to be their best come to mind. John's love, pride and belief in his family and faith was endless, as was his love for his Alma Mater, The University of Notre Dame.

John's excitement about watching his family's next generation grow was to be admired. To John's family, please accept my family's prayers for you to go forward with the faith and strength and love for each other that John exhibited. John will be with you each day in all you do, and he will be smiling upon you with love, care and he will always believe in you and be so very proud of you. John, thank you for your friendship, advice and for caring.

Timothy Francis Vallace & Family

Ben Northrop

February 15, 2020

John Mariani the true example of goodness...
Always giving of himself and giving his all to make the day better.
Mentor to all who he embraced.
John once told me "I'm here to help others"
John had a passion for life....He shared this passion as he truly bled Notre Dame, believed in the God who prevails and leads us on to be there for family. He lived for his family. So proud of all of them...
Truly ONE IN A MILLION...Never to be forgotten. His memory, his stories will forever be with us.
The Lord has taken his best....
Heaven is truly better now that John is there....

Chuck Millar

February 14, 2020

My friendship with John dates back many years. I had the honor and privilege to work with John at the Law Firm of Shutts & Bowen. Our football discussions were endless. His name always brought a smile to my face and warmth to my heart. My deepest prayers and sympathies are offered to John's family. He will be missed in the world.

Richard Surrey

February 13, 2020

I met John in first year contracts class and we formed a study group, of sorts. Like no one I have ever met, John love the law, he loved thought and he loved people. A few weeks ago, I read that Gandhi had said, “If Christians lived like Christ, the whole world would be Christian.” And I thought of John. The warmth, care, humor and wisdom he brought every day to every encounter changed the people around him. John’s daily life embodied Christian love and, by that example, he moved the world a bit.

Laura Pugliese

February 13, 2020

John was an old fashioned true gentlemen, who loved his family, beaming with pride whenever he spoke of them and his grandchildren. John had dignity, and respect for others often displayed by wearing a suit and tie even if it was really hot outside! Sometimes it was difficult to coax him to loosen that tie because he knew the hard work it took to earn one; values he took serious instilled in him by his father.
He was a big teddy bear, a genuinely interested listener with a fabulous memory for storytelling which was always (usually) crafted to have purpose that gave perspective and meaning to a conversation you were having with him. John was much more then our attorney; he was also a true friend who cared deeply for us and our family. He was a champion for our cause and fought for what he believed in and he believed in us; he believed in justice. He enjoyed a good meal, and was especially complimentary if it was home cooked one. We will miss his annual gift of thoughtful and gorgeous floral arrangements.
We are grateful for having had his friendship and will miss sharing a meal, story, drink & cigar with him but mostly we’ll miss seeing his big beautiful warm sheepish smile.
With our heartfelt sympathy,
Anthony & Laura Pugliese

Edgar Belaval

February 13, 2020

I became instant friends with John in 2010 after an interview, when he ended our conversation the same way he ended most conversations, with a piece of advice and a story. He continued to advise me as an attorney, but also provided me with advice as a son, a father, and a husband. We attended a few football games including a Notre Dame game in Tallahassee with his beloved daughter and son-in-law, and we texted about football almost weekly (even more frequently during the off season).

He was so proud of his sons and his daughter, he bragged about their spouses and he beamed with enviable pride about his grandkids.

13 days ago we spoke on the phone for more than 2 hours about his mother and his mother's house in Delco, his grandchildren, and he ended with a brief story from his playing days. Just before he hung up he provided me with a piece of advice "take your son to visit Fordham and meet my grandson. Don't let him choose a school based on a stranger's perspective of which university to attend."

I am blessed to have known, befriended and been mentored by John. My family and I pray for the entire Mariani family, his closest friends and anyone who ever had the pleasure of knowing John.

Webster Hughes

February 12, 2020

John was referred to me three years ago to handle a lawsuit. John took my case on a handshake and we never looked back. John has more great qualities than I can enumerate here. We have worked closely together and become great friends. My family and I are grateful to have had John on our team. John is a great man and inspirational in many ways. I give my deepest sympathies to John’s family.

Michael Miller

February 12, 2020

So sorry to hear of John's passing. I met John when I joined Cadwalader law firm in 1989 and we have stayed in touch over the last 30 years. He was both a mentor and good friend over the years that I will miss dearly. It was a pleasure and privilege to work with him on several legal matters in recent years and we had some great times talking college football over meals and cocktails. He was one of the most talented and honorable attorneys I have ever met.

don smith

February 11, 2020

Mariani Family....John, Big Daddy, The Judge is a significant , cherished friend with our family having spent many times in many places together with Pag, Andy, Sara, Pat, Tyler and Joey....it all started when St. Clare's was playing hoops at Wells Rec Center....from there it was to Sparky's French Connection , Cardinal Newman, Benjamin School, Union College, ALS Lou Gehrig's Golf Tournament, Armed Forces Appreciation Breakfasts, Rotary Club, Murphy's Restaurant, Saratoga....the list goes on and on as Carly Simon sung in Anticipation ......these ae the Good Old Days...yes we have those memories in our treasure chest of life moments.....God's Speed and Spirit To All......

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