Masciarelli, Mario D.
Binghamton: Mario D. Masciarelli, 24, of Binghamton, NY, passed away tragically on Friday, March 22, 2013. He is predeceased by his grandfather, Mario D. Masciarelli and is survived by parents, Anthony and Mirella Masciarelli; his stepfather, Terry Walsh; stepbrother, Benjamin J. Walsh; and his grandparents, Laura N. Masciarelli, Emiliano and Santina Tomassetti. His step grandmother is Jane P. Walsh. Other relatives include his uncles, Aldo Tomassetti, Sr., Mario G. Masciarelli; aunts, Adele Krolewski and Rosalinda O'Neill; first cousins, Aldo, Jr. and Jacob Thomassetti, Jessica and Joshua Krolewski, Stephanie and Jennifer O'Neill and Mariah and Dante Masciarelli. Everyone in Mario's life was amazed by his unrelenting energy, his fierce loyalty to friends and family alike and by his remarkable persuasiveness. He brought a vigor, vitality and total commitment to everything he did in a manner that inspired everyone around him. In short, he was simply a joy to be with. Mario was born in Binghamton on Mother's Day, May 8, 1988. A few years thereafter, as an active and persistent little tyke, he would insist on being awakened at 5:30 a.m. in order to watch Winnie the Pooh on TV. If his mother drifted off at all during the broadcast, she would be greeted with a stern warning: "Mommy, watch! Mommy, watch!" And watch she did, recognizing that Mario, even at that age, commanded her total and undivided attention. Later, Mario and his dad became a dedicated snowplowing duo. Every Sunday they would bond over breakfast at the Park Diner then head directly for that week's dirt biking event. Always pursuing a hearty meal, Mario also took great satisfaction in wolfing down burgers at Maria and Marty's home on Tuesday nights. By this time, his cousin Aldo, Jr. would come to have a big-brother influence on him -- one time protecting him from a nasty fall in the parking lot at Chuck E. Cheese's that served as an example of his closeness to Mario. Mario was a graduate of Susquehanna Valley H.S. and took particular pride in his class's reputation (that has become the stuff of legend) for creative mischief-making and age-appropriate pranking schemes. Unfortunately, this did not leave as much time for academics as they desired but demonstrated that their sense of humor was on very solid ground. Mario had some personal traits and habits that endeared him to everyone. He relished having every family member gather during every holiday -- especially at HIS house, where he would appear without fanfare, delight the assembled relatives for a spell then disappear without a soul noticing. His cousins all cherish memories of swimming in his family's pool, trips to Ft. Lauderdale over Easter and of simply experiencing the pleasure of being in his presence. Mario's good looks, physical fitness and fresh, weekly haircut were all of considerable importance to him, but the precious teeth that gave him that million dollar smile were the attributes that occupied most of his time and the things he obsessed most about. Mario was the president and sole proprietor of T & M Construction, Inc. -- a thriving enterprise that he took enormous pride in and whose success was the result of much guidance and encouragement from those he held close. Mario's attachment to anything that had a motor was uncanny, even beginning at the age of 2 or so, when he blazed across a stretch of macadam at breakneck speed on a 50cc racer with his mother in a state of maximum alarm and his father running close behind in full rescue mode. Motorcycles, four-wheelers and jet skis would later serve as vehicles for his free-spirited, accelerated approach to life. If a man can be judged by the quality of his friendships, Mario was incredibly blessed. He and his "posse"-- as his mother termed them-- were bound by a powerful and enduring link, supporting each other along the way always, and enjoying recollections of the good days past. They will miss him deeply. This past Christmas was an especially treasured time for Mario. He and his family and friends went to Cayman Island where he loved looking out over the ocean and reflecting on the many plans he had in mind. Touching memories, a touching time. We miss you, Mario, but you will remain in our loving hearts forever. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Friday, March 29, 2013, at 12 Noon at the Assembly of God Church, 255 Washington Street, Binghamton, NY, with Pastor Randy Eliason officiating. Calling hours will be at the Assembly of God Church Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Susquehanna Valley High School Dollars for Scholars, where an entrepreneurial scholarship has been established in Mario's name. The address is P.O. Box 382, Conklin, NY 13748.