Henry Mario Marino, Sr, 92, of Charleston, passed away Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Hubbard Hospice House.
born March 4, 1922, in Charleston to the late Cataldo Antonio (C.A.) and Maria Pallone Marino. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Juliet "Judy" Ann Marino Vicars; stepmother, Lovie Mae Marino; brothers, Louie, John, Frank, Pat, Joe and Albert; and sisters, Elena, Margaret and Josephine.
He attended South Charleston High School and was a member of the Basilica of Co-Cathedral of Sacred Heart, Charleston.
Henry was truly an entrepreneur in every sense of the word. He started working at a very early age and formed a strong work ethic that began with delivering newspapers in downtown Charleston at the age of seven. He later sold men's clothing and ultimately started his own business by opening a small "hat and tie" shop on Summer's Street in the early '50's. From this modest beginning he formed Henry's Men and Boy's Shop with locations in Charleston, St. Albans, Beckley and Montgomery, as well as a women's clothing store (Henrietta's) in St. Albans. Even after retirement, he enjoyed working with his son. Henry Jr. at Crown Pontiac Buick.
He took great pride in his involvement with Charleston Catholic High School when his children attended there. He supported the Boosters Club and served as president of the Athletic Club for several years. He enjoyed volunteering his time for many fund raising functions and was instrumental in forming the first ever band at the high school.
He was a hard-working man all of his life, however his family was always considered by him to be his most important and proudest accomplishment. He was blessed with a large extended family that loved him and held him in the highest esteem. As an avid golfer, one of his greatest enjoyments was golfing with his sons and sons-in-law. In his spare time, he enjoyed laying stone and planting flowers in his beautiful gardens.
Henry is survived by the love of his life, Ethel of 75 years; his children, Marylou (Mike) Albert of St. Albans, Henry Mario (Karen) Marino of St. Albans, John Antonio (Bronwen) Marino of Charlotte, N.C. and Michael Angelo (MarySue) Marino of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; brother, Sam Marino of Charleston; sisters, Stella Valle of Phoenix, Ariz., Mafalda Wheeler, Carla Saunders and Elizabeth Davis, all of Charleston; grandchildren, Michelle (John) Nester of Scott Depot, Brian (Connie) Vicars of Winfield, Debbie (Tom) Orrison of Winfield, Angela Potter of St. Albans, Chris Marino of Cross Lanes, Kara (Roy) Short of St. Albans, September (Paul) Maxwell of Monroe, N.C., Christina (Ray) Ernst of Indian Trail, N.C., Melissa (Emory) Sharp of Mount Holly, N.C., Michael (April) Marino of Lexington, Ky. and Patrick Marino of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; 15 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grand-children.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 9 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, St. Albans with Monsignor Fred Annie and Father Patrick M. McDonough officiating. Entombment will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park Mausoleum, St. Albans. Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans.
The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Mely Lim, the staff at CCU CAMC, Charleston and Hubbard Hospice House for the kindness and caring they provided. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com. Memorial contributions may be made to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Curtis Price Way, Charleston, WV 25311.