It is very difficult to find the words to express our gratitude to everyone who supported our family during this difficult time. I was finally able to read the blog recently and was so comforted by all the wonderful reflections about the life of my husband, Mario. We knew him in a different light….as a husband, father and grandfather. Mario was a very humble man and seldom spoke of his accomplishments. We only knew that he received many awards, which usually ended up somewhere in his stacks of papers. He appreciated every award but was not one to boast or hang them up for others to see. I attended some professional meetings with him and heard many accolades about his contributions. The family traveled to quite a few launches at the Cape and witnessed the fruits of his labor.
Mario loved what he did….it wasn’t a “job” but an “adventure”. He would come home from work, eat dinner and retire to his back room where he continued on with this “adventure”. Our family learned a lot about Mario that we weren’t aware of through your reflections on the blog and your wonderful cards.
We will miss him dearly. He was our godfather and the cement that held our family together. He always had time to fix whatever needed repair, to give advice and was always there whenever we needed him for anything. The best gift of all was the college education that he gave to each of his children. He felt very strongly about education and had set up funds to help educate the grandchildren.
I always wanted to retire to Ocean Pines where we had a beach house. But, in the back of my mind, I knew that Mario would never leave Goddard and his career that he loved. However, we were able to spend many wonderful family weekends there. Mario designed and loved this house and relaxed and enjoyed himself whenever he was there. One of his favorite things to do was to fill the bird feeders and watch the birds through his binoculars.
The family is trying to get on with their lives…..Mario would have wanted it that way. To all his friends, c0-workers and family I cannot adequately express my feelings, except to say that our family will be forever grateful to each and every one of you for your support, kind words and generosity. Mario will always be our hero and remain forever in our hearts. God bless you ALL……