Francis Mariano

MarianoFrancis (Frank) Mariano graduated from Canastota High School in 1942. Frank enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in November 1942 and underwent basic training at Parris Island, South Carolina. During World War II he served in military action on Enjwetok, Atoll, in the Marshall Islands, Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima. During the Korean War, he was recalled to active duty and served in a combat unit in Chosin Reservoir from January through September 1951. His service ribbons included the American Theater Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Medal and four battle stars, Presidential Unit Citation Medal (3 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (with Combat V award), Korean Defense Medal, Korean Service Medal with (1) battle star, International Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal. He was also the recipient of New York State’s highest military award, the Conspicuous Service Cross.

After Frank’s service duty was finished, he attended Syracuse University, Dale Carnegie School of Management, General Motor’s Hydraulic Motor School & Computer School and the Jamestown course in the mechanics of voting machines. Frank worked for 35 years at General Motors (Fisher Body Division) in Syracuse, retiring at the age of 57.

All through his life, Frank was involved in his church and community. He served as supervisor and a member of St. Agatha’s Cemetery Committee for a period of 30 years and on the Parish Council for 10 years. He also served as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister of his church.

Frank was actively involved with the Canastota Little League program as a coach, umpire andMariano Grad Assistant District Director for 10 years (1962-1972). He was Chairman of the American Legion Swimming Lesson Program for Youth in conjunction with the Canastota’s Recreation Board for 25 years. Frank was a Past President and a member of the Canastota’s Community Chest Drive for 10 years and a 20 year member of the Greater Lenox Volunteer Ambulance Service (GLAS) where he became a New York State Certified First Responder. From 1984-1994 Frank served as a Village Trustee and as Deputy Mayor of Canastota from 1990-1994. He was elected and served as a member of the Canastota School Board of Education for 5 years and was past president of that board. Frank also was elected and served a period of 10 years on the Madison/Oneida County BOCES Board of Education, and also served as Past President of this board. Frank was elected President of the Canastota Memorial Association. He was also a life member of the American Legion Charles Miller Post #140 (serving for 55 years) and served for two terms as Post Commander and served for 25 years as Bingo Chairman. Frank was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #600 as well as a member of the Marine Corps League, Leatherstocking Division, Oneida.

He exemplifies the very meaning of the American Legion’s motto, “For God and Country”. In 1981 Frank received the Canastota Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizens Award. In 1993, he was a recipient of the American Legion Charles Miller Post #140 Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award. The Canastota Area Association of Churches awarded their Community Service Award to Frank in 1999 and in 2001 he received the Canastota Rotary Club “Roses of the Living” award.