Dominic R. Marian Sr.
Dominic R. Marian Sr. lost his courageous battle with cancer; surrounded by family and love, February 14th, 2014. Dick as his family and friends most lovingly called him was the Patriarch of his vast family.
Dick's earthly journey began June 17th, 1927. He was born in Fayette County Pennsylvania. The first born son to a first generation Sicilian Father, Pasquale and second generation Sicilian Mother, Lorenza. Dick spent most of his first 20 years in Bitner, a small "coal mining patch," only a few miles from Uniontown.
Growing up he was an adventurer. Strapping, strong and lean his entire life he found his niche early. Spending countless hours in the woods, he could be found climbing trees, clearing paths or swimming in nearby rivers. His love of woods and climbing "anything" that lent itself to it followed him well into adulthood. He worked on and off always doing some kind of work from the age of about 9. He delivered milk at only 10 years old. Growing up during the depression, as a teenager he worked to supplement family income.
He was a proud man. He had a strong sense of family and responsibility. Dominic was a "Mans Man". Tradition was paramount in his life. He loved his family. Each and every holiday he expected to be surrounded by all of his family. He was forever the last one to arrive to an event and the last one to leave.
He recently shared that "his life was filled with memories that were good". More often than not we heard familiar stories of days gone by with smiles and laughter as he recollected.
At the age of 20 in 1947 after the passing of his Father; Dick assumed the role of "Man of the House". He moved to Cleveland that year and secured a job as a truck driver with Lyons Transportation Lines. He joined Teamsters Union Local 407. He left LTL for a time to serve in the U.S. Army. He returned to LTL after his service. He could almost recant each day of his career driving his truck. Seemed each time he was on the road he could point out formerly owned LTL trucks and trailers that were still rolling on "the Pike". He could describe his rigs in elaborate detail as well as stops and people he met. His career with LTL spanned 42 years. He retired in 1989.
Dick was married to his soul mate Martha A. Valentine for 47 years. Dick and Martha opened their home to many family members and friends over the years. At any given time there were one or more additional plates on the dinner table. Seated at that table were persons who came to venture into a new career and life path. Dominic and Martha enjoyed family, friends, and vacations throughout their marriage. They were separated only by her passing in 2000.
Dominic was preceded in death by his Parents, his wife Martha, son Keith, sister Virginia, brother Philip and brothers in law, Martin Romano and Richard Blend.He leaves to share his memories, stories and love; daughter Debbie (Tom) Campana, son Dominic (Sharon), daughter Linda Blacksmith. Brothers ; Patsy (Patricia), Joseph (MaryAnne), James (JoAnn), Sister Rose Romano, Sister in law Patricia, 8 Grandchildren, 19 Great Grandchildren, 2 Great Great Grandchildren and many special nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be forwarded to
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Service at the Funeral Home on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM. Entombment at Brooklyn Heights Cemetery Mausoleum, Cleveland. Friends may call at the BUSCH FUNERAL HOME, 7501 RIDGE ROAD, PARMA FROM 5-8PM SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15 AND FROM 2-4 AND 6-8PM SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16.
Published in The Morning Journal on Feb. 15, 2014