Dan Marino Sr., father of famed NFL QB

posted 2008-12-08 07:54:59 by grendel

Dan Marino Sr., the father of former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino Jr., died yesterday at his home in Weston, Fla. He was 71

Mr. Marino, who died of cancer, has been described by his son as a "hero" who taught him to throw a football. His father, Dan Marino Jr. told University of Pittsburgh graduates at this year's commencement, also taught him that "the core values of life and success remain the same: hard work, passion, integrity, and most important, family."

Dan Marino Jr., a Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, played for the University of Pittsburgh and for Central Catholic High School in Oakland. He grew up in Oakland on Parkview Avenue, where his parents lived until his father retired as a Post-Gazette newspaper carrier in 1993 and the couple relocated to Weston, Fla.

In Florida, a mass of Christian burial for Mr. Marino will be held at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Davie on Tuesday at 10 a.m.

In Pittsburgh, visitation will be held at the John N. Elachko Funeral Home on Dawson Street in Oakland on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Regis Church on Parkview Avenue in Oakland on Friday at 9:30 a.m., followed by burial at Cavalry Cemetery on Hazelwood Avenue.