John A. Marabello, 95, of Naples, FL. formerly of Concord, MA peacefully passed away of natural causes on July 1, 2021 at his home in Florida. His loving wife, Marion, and son, John, were with him. John was born in Concord, MA, the third of three children to the late Lena and John Marabello. John attended Concord Public Schools. He was a 4-H member awarded a future Farmer of America. He loved animals, often bringing home strays much to his Mothers dismay. He loved the outdoors, was a Boy Scout and explored all aspects of Concord. As an Eagle Scout, he traveled to the NY Worlds fair in 1939. He was a Concord tour guide to the historical sites and received fifty cents per person per tour. As a teenager, he had the opportunity to spend a summer in Vermont, which began his life-long love of visiting the Green Mountain State. He enlisted and served in the US Navy during World War II. He saw active duty on the destroyers USS Livermore and USS Herbert C. Jones in Algeria, Oran, Africa, Italy and Asia. These destroyers escorted troops, carriers, and convoys to protect our servicemen and ships from enemy fire. The destroyers were under heavy fire from German planes, ships, and submarines. During one of these conflicts, John was badly wounded. In 1945, he received an honorable medical discharge from the US Navy for sustaining major injuries; his rank was Petty Officer. After the war, he returned home, married Marion and settled down. They built greenhouses on their property and grew many different flowers under glass that started Marabello Florist. John attended Karl Rittners Floral Design School in Boston, MA. There, he learned many different styles, techniques and approaches to create floral designs. John was active in the Concord business community for over 60 years as the co-owner with his wife and business partner, Marion, of Marabello Florist in the 1950s and 1960s, which expanded to the Marabello Tree and Landscape Co. from the 1960s-2000s. They grew flowers, vegetables, trees and shrubs that they sold in their shop. Many of their own flowers were used in floral arrangements and also sold in bouquets. They supported the community with their beautiful flowers and arrangements in happy times (birthdays, graduations, proms, engagements, weddings, and anniversaries) as well as sad times (sickness and funerals). During the 1960s, they ran a successful marketing campaign on Fridays, bouquets a $1.00 per dozen. This enabled anyone to enjoy beautiful flowers at little cost. John was one of the first in the area to grow tomatoes "under glass" (in the greenhouses year-round). Each year, prior to Christmas, John made a trip to his land in Vermont to cut greens and trees. Each tree was cut by hand-axe. He made certain to replant more trees than he cut. During the Christmas Holidays, he hand-made each balsam wreath, roping, and Christmas decorations from the greens he cut at his Vermont property. As the town of Concord grew in population, the number of houses being built increased and many of those were landscaped and maintained by Marabello Tree & Landscape. The company expanded to Barretts Mill Road where greenhouses were built to grow organic vegetables and flowers as well as on the farmland. The vegetables were also sold to local merchants in Concord, Carlisle, Acton and Bedford. An honor system was created for customers to select and pay for the vegetables at the farm stand. John served the Town of Concord in numerous ways. He volunteered on the Concord Police Department as a special policeman for several years during the 1970s. John was elected to two consecutive terms to the Town of Concord Board of Selectmen 1980-1986, and Chairman for 1983-1984. He was the first American of Italian ancestry to hold this position in town government. He brought a unique perspective to this position, as he was one of a few on the Board who was born and raised in Concord. He was a small business owner in town and he helped other Board Members understand the features, benefits, and consequences of policies, procedures, or decision-making from a small business owners perspective. Plus he was easily available to speak to townspeople regarding current issues and concerns as he interacted daily with his customers. John was instrumental in saving Concord High School and the Hunt Gym to be repurposed - Emerson Umbrella, recreation, and senior housing now occupy those buildings. He also helped save the Minuteman Statue at the North Bridge from being recreated in other national parks, keeping it unique to Concord. He was elected as the Grand Marshall for the April 19th Concord Parade. John was an associate member of the Concord Independent Battery. He was a lifetime member of the Concord Elks. John was an usher for St. Bernards Parish (now Holy Family Parish) for many years. John enjoyed vacationing in quiet rural Vermont and Florida. In Vermont, he enjoyed being involved in caring for his Holstein dairy cows. He was very active in his Florida condo community. He was elected president from 2001-2003 of the condo board, and throughout many years he actively participated on numerous committees. His business acumen saved the condo community time and money and increased the beauty and market value of the real estate. In Florida, he bought land where he farmed numerous varieties of lemons, oranges, bananas, grapes and mangoes. It gave him much satisfaction to give away these fruits he grew. In retirement, he enjoyed growing many varieties of orchids that enabled him to give away to friends and neighbors. John will be remembered for his ability to grow just about any type of plant or tree. John is survived by his beloved wife, Marion, to whom he was married for almost 70 years, his son John A. Marabello, and daughter Gail Lyons, son-in-law Jim, and grandson Jeff, his sisters-in-law, Susan Connell and Amy Connell, and numerous nieces and nephews. His brother Joe, and sister Mary Beckwith predeceased him. Family and friends will gather for visiting hours on Tuesday, July 13th from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm at the Dee Funeral Home, 27 Bedford Street, Concord, MA. His funeral will be held on Wednesday, July 14th at 9:30 am from the Dee Funeral Home, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:30 am in Holy Family Parish, Monument Square, Concord Center. Burial will follow with U.S. Navy military honors at St. Bernards Cemetery in Concord. Concords Town Flag will fly at half-staff on Wednesday, July 14th in honor of Johns dedicated service in the Navy, and as a former Selectman for the Town of Concord. A memorial service will be held in Naples, Florida at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Wounded Warrior Project
) or other organizations supporting our US veterans such as Disabled American Veterans
) or Homes for Our Troops. Arrangements are under the care of the Dee Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Concord. To share a memory or to offer a condolence in Johns online guestbook, please visit www.DeeFuneralHome.com
Published by The Concord Journal from Jul. 13 to Jul. 14, 2021.