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In Memory

Thomas (Rob)Robin Mariani

Thomas (Rob)Robin Mariani

Thomas R. Mariani

Thomas R. “Rob” Mariani of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away peacefully at home April 24, 2018. Rob was born August 22, 1950 in Phoenix to Ray and Ann Mariani. He was the student body president at West High and graduated from Arizona State University with a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision. Rob had successful careers in teaching (Glendale American) and pharmaceutical sales, research and development. Over the years Rob could be found outdoors playing tennis, golfing, hiking, listening to Jazz in Sedona, cheering on the Sun Devil football and basketball teams, making soap, and riding on his Harley. Rob had a love of learning that extended throughout his life. He was an avid reader; always looking to expand his knowledge. In his retirement Rob became a Master Gardener, and truly enjoyed his time as a volunteer with the Maricopa County Master Gardener Program. Rob used his vast knowledge to research and write articles for various horticultural publications. Rob cherished traveling with his lovely wife, Cheryl, as well as spending time with his children Patrick and Gioia; his grandchildren Sophie (preceded in death), Liam, Olive, and Isla who he was very proud of; his mother Ann; and his siblings Deb, Pam, and Pat; and numerous nephews and niece. We will miss his sincere generosity, garden grown veggies on his wood fired pizza, dry wit, reflective conversations, and the sparkle in his eyes. A celebration of Rob’s life is being planned, please contact family for details. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The University of Arizona in memory of Rob Mariani for the Master Gardener Program @ Maricopa County Extension Office, 4341 E. Broadway Rd., Phoenix, AZ  85040-8807. Visit http://www.hansenmortuary.com for condolences.

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04/30/18 10:49 PM #1    

Gwen Hurst (Nielsen)

I’m so sorry to hear of Rob’s passing.  I know he was working on getting well after having had a double lung transplant & was looking forward to coming to our 50th reunion.  I was looking forward to seeing you again & catching up like we did at our 41st reunion.  R.I.P. My friend. 

05/01/18 11:54 AM #2    

Dr. Jeffrey Lynn Barnhart

I was sorry to hear of Rob's passing. Although I did not know him, it is always hard when you lose someone. My prayers and thoughts are with his family and friends. He is in a much better place and he will always be with his family and friends in their hearts.

May peace and God's blessing be with you now and help you through this time in your life.

Dr. Jeff L. Barnhart

05/01/18 12:10 PM #3    

Cheryl Jane Watson (Gazik)

To Robs family, 

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.  I didn't know Rob that well but when I saw him in the halls at West he was always sweet and smiling.  A genuine good person. And he had a funny bone.  I think we went to St Gregorys together.  Maybe CCD classes. (?)  It is hard to comfort someone who has lost a loved one but people try.  They just want to ease your pain a bit if they can with memories of your loved one.  May God Bless Rob's family.  RIP Rob  

05/01/18 02:31 PM #4    

Jan Hull (Oates)

I am sorry to hear of Rob's passing.  I was surprised when I read of his lung transplants and I am sure he fought the fight.  Condolences to his family and those who were close to him.  

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