There will be an online memorial gathering via Zoom on 4:00 pm Sunday August 2, 2020.
Topic: Mark Fabiano's Memorial Zoom Celebration
Time: Aug 2, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Time(US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 881 9882 6309
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Mark Anthony Fabiano, age 60, died suddenly on July 11, 2020. He is survived by his daughters, Chiara Fabiano, of Powell OH and Carmen Martinez and husband Scott Coulter of Philadelphia, PA. He leaves behind 2 brothers, Michael “Tony” Fabiano and wife Karen of Alexandria, VA, Joseph Fabiano of Columbus, OH and sister Gina Fabiano and husband James Fischer of Lighthouse Point, FL. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews and great nephews: Anthony Fabiano and wife Kelly and 2 sons William & Henry of Castaic, CA, Maria Fabiano and Caz Finnegan of Washington DC, Michael G. Fabiano of Alexandria, VA, Camelia (Fabiano) and Kellen Seaman of Solsberry, IN, Angel Fabiano of Columbus OH and Michelle Fischer of Kettering, OH, along with many cousins and dear friends.
Mark was preceded in death by his Mother, Jean (Guarnieri) Fabiano and Father, Anthony “Tony” Fabiano of Canton OH; along with many beloved aunts and uncles, Mary & Phil Amendola of Phoenix, AZ, Joseph “Pap” and Annie Fabiano, Vincent “Chay” and Mary Fabiano, and Frank “Chi Chi” and Bobbie Fabiano of New Philadelphia, OH, Guy and Margaret Fabiano of Canton, OH, Joseph and Caroline Guarnieri of Canton, OH, Dorothy (Guarnieri) and Gilbert Swanson of North Canton, OH, Alda (Guarnieri) and Al Patete of Canton OH and John “Red” Guarnieri.
Mark grew up with a close knit Italian-American family of grandmother, aunts, uncles, and cousins which always included great food, inspiring and lively conversations, weekly get togethers, holidays and adventures. He attended kindergarten at Horace Mann School, elementary at St. Paul’s Catholic School, junior high at Middlebranch and graduated high school at GlenOak HS in 1978. He played sports and loved playing guitar. He found his niche in the creative arts and journalism at GlenOak.
He attended Ohio State University and graduated in 1982 with a BA in English. He joined the Peace Corp as a volunteer in Sri Lanka. This experience left an indelible mark on him and he loved the people and country, writing many articles and his first novel about the country.
After traveling throughout India, the Himalayan Mountains, including trekking to Kathmandu, and Amsterdam, he returned to the US. He received a full scholarship at Ohio University in Athens, OH where he obtained a Master of Arts degree in International Studies and Communications. He taught at many colleges and universities, started a communications and editing business and worked internationally. He lived and worked in Saudi Arabia for Lucent Technologies and traveled throughout the world to Hong Kong, Bali, China, and South America.
Mark continued writing and playing guitar, rock, jazz, salsa and classical. He had gigs in various coffee houses and venues in OH, VA and Washington DC. His published fiction received numerous awards, including best fiction from the Ohio Arts Council. Of note, he authored and was published in many journals, newspapers, articles and literary associations and conferences, including The Atlantic Fiction Edition and The Saturday Evening Post.
Mark also earned a Master of Arts in English at Wright State University in Dayton, OH and a Master of Fine Arts at George Mason University in Alexandria, VA all while working in Instructional Design and teaching at various community colleges and universities.
Mark was passionate about his craft and continuously editing and perfecting his work in his chosen profession. He was reaching out for a literary agent for his novels and continued to have his many articles published.
He was honored and thrilled to be attaining his lifelong goal of a PhD at SUNY Binghamton (Mark was posthumously granted his PhD from Binghamton University). He was an Adjunct Professor there and at SUNY Corning Community College. Mark was born to write and teach. He was creative, dedicated, passionate, an excellent guitarist, nature lover and a hopeless romantic.
Mark was also a political activist and liberal his entire life. Most recent activism included: January 2017, he attended the Women’s March on Washington, despite his knee scooter and boot cast with Gina and Mike Fabiano (siblings) and Mary Ann Angelo(cousin from Phoenix, AZ). Just this summer, he attended the Black Lives Matter March in Binghamton.
Mark had a huge heart, a boisterous laugh, and a passion for music, literature, writing, life, and adventure. He was multicultural and loved people. He wanted to impact the world and leave it a better place throughout his life’s journey.
Mark was a friend of Bill W. and in March 2020, he celebrated 30 years of sobriety. Being blessed to be a father to his wonderful daughters and finding Recovery were his MOST prized accomplishments.
Finally, Mark’s path had many peaks and valleys but he had reached the mountain top of his life’s voyage; writing, teaching, playing guitar, creating, and bringing his characters to life and working toward the realization of PhD in English at SUNY Binghamton.
So, while we are heartbroken, grieving, and mourning the loss of our beloved father, brother, uncle, cousin and friend, a life too short, we honor the life of Mark Anthony Fabiano. May he fly to the heavens, soar to the stars and may he rest in Peace & Love with our Father in heaven and all those beloved souls who have gone before.
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