Daniel S. Marzilli – Obituary
Daniel S. Marzilli transitioned from this life on Tuesday, August 11, 2021 after a short battle with cancer and fight to beat the illness that surprised and shocked everyone who knew him.
Daniel was the son of the late Victoria (Hernandez) Marzilli (later, Matte) of Dartmouth, MA, and Daniel H. Marzilli, of Providence. His grandparents, Henry D. and Eileen Marzilli, provided guidance and unconditional love. He spent many hours talking with his grandfather who instilled in Dan a deep appreciation for his Italian heritage. His stepfather, Robert Matte, of Dartmouth MA, owner of the former Matte Orchards, piqued Dan’s interest in all things that grow on this earth.
His sister, Nora Tarr, and her husband, Steven Tarr, survive Dan. Although Dan regretted not spending more time with his nephews, Jackson D., Samuel W., and Charles H. Tarr, he did enjoy watching them grow up, and “reveling in their accomplishments”. He had hoped, as many of us do, that there would always be more time to spend with family.
He was grateful to have found love with his life partner, Karen Lareau, who not only was his closest friend, but provided love, comfort, care, and emotional support. He was especially fond of his Boston Terrier, Piper, whose loyal companionship he thoroughly enjoyed, especially during his final days at their Woonsocket home.
Dan grew up in Massachusetts, graduated from Taunton High School, and later pursued his education in Internet Technology. He possessed an old-fashioned work ethic which served him well while working for over 10 years with a family trucking company and later during his career as an IT professional in which he took great pride.
Dan was an avid amateur astronomer and photographer, horticulturist and fastidious groundskeeper, phenomenal cook, and timeless tinkerer. He enjoyed music, was a terrible tap dancer as a child and was delighted when his mom let him move on to other things. He would often build space-scapes and had models of the Moon landings, the details on which he meticulously and tirelessly worked.
He enjoyed every moment he could be outdoors, especially in caring for his lawn and grounds, always seeking his ultimate goal of “having the nicest yard in the neighborhood”. Many fond memories were made on excursions to scenic Newport watching the waves crashing at Bretton Point and simply appreciating the beautiful Moon shining over the ocean, for which he had a particular reverence.
At Dan’s request, there will be no formal services. Arrangements for his cremation are entrusted to the Berarducci Funeral Home & Cremation Care Center in Providence. His ashes will find their way to various spots where he most enjoyed his short time on this earth.
Dan would like his “migliori e più divertenti amici” (best & most enjoyable friends), cousin Steve Hachadorian, cousin Steven Rogers, Gregg & Cheryl Camacho, and others to whom he was close to forever remember to love, dance, sing, and always tell the ones you love how you feel every time you see them; “il nostro amore continua” (our love goes on)!
We are heart-broken over his passing, but as he had been fascinated with “what was out there” in space, he is on his final travels to a plane to which we will need to wait to ascend to join him at another time. But for now, it is time for one final and farewell toast: “Salute”!
In lieu of flowers, please plant something in your yard, close your eyes, feel the energy of this world around you, and enjoy life. If you prefer, memorial donations to the Jimmy Fund or Taunton Animal Shelter would be appreciated.