Westport resident Anthony Albert Marino, a World War II veteran and fashion illustrator, died Jan. 23. He was 87.
Husband of Nina Marino, he was born Jan. 7, 1924, in Washington, Pa., and graduated from Washington High School. When he was 18, Marino joined the Army and trained with the 11th Airborne Division.
He served in WWII from1942 to 1946, surviving combat in New Guinea and the Philippines, and later serving in Japan. His unit participated in the famous raid that liberated the Allied civilian internment camp at Los Banos, Philippines, on Feb. 23, 1945.
After the war, Marino attended the Ad Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He worked as a men's fashion illustrator at Pittsburghs Joseph Horne Co., where he met his wife. They were married in 1955. In 1959, they moved to Westport, where they raised three children.
For more than 20 years, Marino worked as a fashion illustrator for New York department stores and as a local artist painting watercolor landscapes and Westport scenery.
He was a long-time volunteer coach for the Westport Little League. He enjoyed watching baseball, fishing, good food and wine, telling stories and spending time with family and friends.
Marino was a member of VFW Post 399 in Westport and the 11th Airborne Division Association. He was often photographed as the only veteran in a full WWII paratrooper uniform to march in the annual Westport Memorial Day parades.
In addition to his wife, Marino is survived his children; Nancy Marino of Norwalk, Robert Marino of Pulaski, N.Y., and his wife, Janet, and Jenny Bryans of Shamong, N.J., and her husband, John; two grandchildren and his sister, Adeline Livingston of Washington, Pa. He was predeceased by his brother, Jeano Francis Marino.
A memorial service will take place Saturday, Jan. 29, at 1 p.m. in Zion Hill United Methodist Church, 470 Danbury Road, Wilton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, Westport, CT 06880.
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