Felix Marino

September 15, 2018


Felix Marino was 20 years young when he died on Sept 15. His parents, Joyce and Paul, mourn the loss of a life not lived, but encourage all to remember Felix for his sweet and kind manner in the life that he lived.


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I was shocked to hear about Felix’s passing, I met him in high school, he was a very nice person, rest easy buddy

I was very sorry to learn of Felix’s passing. Nicole and I wish you great strength in the days that lie ahead, and the abiding memory of the good times you shared.

We had the pleasure of working with Felix at the Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club Sailing School in the summer of 2016 during which time he coached the children in the Learn-to-Sail program. We will always remember his polite, humble manner, as well as his slightly mischievous grin! Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends.
Leo and Joan Quigley

Dear Joyce and Paul,
I cannot find the words that could alleviate your pain. I don’t believe any exist, in any language. Felix will always be with us, as he and you have been since your move far north. My most sincere condoléances,

Paul and Joyce,
I am shocked and saddened to hear about Felix. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

Dear Paul and Joyce,

I am so heartbroken for you both, for your families, and for Felix’s friends and loved ones. I can only imagine how thunderstruck and crushed you all must feel. I will always remember Felix as a vibrant, happy, smart and fun boy with a terrific smile and ceaseless energy. Please know that you and Joyce are wrapped in my loving thoughts.

With leaky eyes and heartfelt warmth,
Deb Bidwell

Dear Paul and Joyce,
I was devestated to hear about Felix. Although I only remember Felix as a child, I remember what a sweet, kind and happy child he was. I know that the two of you raised Felix to become a fine young man. I can’t even begin to imagine the loss you must feel. Just know that all who knew you down here in Charleston feel your pain at this difficult time, and are pulling for you. Call anytime if you just want to talk, and share stories about Felix’s life….

My deepest condolences,

Dear Paul and Joyce,
I cannot imagine your grief and shock. Felix is so young and sweet and happy in my memories of him, running around your pool and laughing, running around the beach in NJ and laughing. Always running and laughing. I am so very sorry.

Paul, I am so saddened to hear this news, I’m so very sorry. You and your family are in my thoughts and will continue to be in the days and weeks to come.

Dear Paul and Joyce: This very sad news reached me this evening. You are in my thoughts tonight. May you find peace with the inevitable sadness soon. All the best. —John Spence

Paul and Joyce:

We coached the Jackrabbits with Felix this winter past, and Jeremy worked with him at Botanical Gardens this summer. He was very kind, dependable, and the kids loved him! It is a devastating loss and we are thinking of you and the rest of his family at this hard time.

Molly and Jeremy

Paul and Joyce:
I am so sorry to hear of your tragic loss…my heart aches for you. My deepest condolences.

We are deeply sorry for the tragic loss of your son. Felix was a wonderful, vibrant young man and a good friend to Jesse. Our sincere condolences.

Joyce and Paul, all of us at the Botanical Garden are devastated by your loss. He was a bright light, a special young man who made us all smile and was by far one of the best summer students we have every had at the Garden. We are all thinking of you.

Our deepest condolences on the loss of your son, Felix.
You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

My deepest condolences on the loss of your son.

May your beautiful memories sustain and comfort all.

Felix, bombing around the empty parking on roller skis, under the bright light, kids racing behind him. Felix, racing down the hill on skis, checking over his shoulder with a grin. Felix, sneaking up on Paul, who was teaching the Jackrabbits, delivering a snow dump to the head. Peels of laughter from the kids. And from Paul, “Felix!!!”

That is how I’ll remember him.

My thoughts and heartfelt prayers go out to you, Paul and Joyce, and to all your family. Your loss is felt by us all.

We are deeply saddened to hear of your son’s passing. You will continue to be in our thoughts as you deal with this devastating loss.

I am so sorry for the loss of your son . My daughter , Erin , knew him since high school .
I cannot imagine your grief .

Dear Paul and Joyce, no words can offer consolation after the cruel and devastating loss of your son. You are two genuinely kind people and you clearly raised Felix to be the same. Paul often spoke with such admiration and quiet pride of his son’s gifts – athletic, musical, intellectual – and his only challenge seemed that he had too many paths to choose from. The only small solace is that Felix’s short time was full and he woke up every day knowing he had two loving parents and close friendships.

We are all reminded that terrible, unfair things can happen to those who least deserve it. We can’t address your grief, but at least we can derive some meaning from this by having a renewed sense of patience, and appreciation for those closest to us.

From this painful aching left by Felix’s sudden passing, may you find a small amount of healing, meaning and peace.

Paul & Joyce,

Our sincerest condolences for the sudden and tragic loss of Felix. Know that you are in our thoughts.

Mark, Cheryl, Maxwell and Zea

Dear Paul and Joyce,
There are no words of comfort that I can give you during this time. Please know that you are in my prayers.

Paul and Joyce,

I cannot express how sorry I am that you are going through such a devastating time. I remember many meetings with Paul in the office when Felix was young, pushing toy cars around my feet. I am so sorry you are suffering such a terrible loss, you all deserved many more beautiful years together. My heart is broken for you. I hope you can find peace and strength from all of us who love you.

All my love,

I know Felix and his parents through the Avalon Nordic Ski Club. They were part of the club’s back bone. Good good people. Felix coached the children. He was reliable, respectful, humble. He was as gorgeous as he looks in this beautiful picture of him, but was seemingly unaware of this attribute, focussing instead on developing his good character. His sudden unpredictable death from natural causes has been a shock to all who knew him. But his parents! His girlfriend! My heart aches for you. How? Why? There are no answers. No words to console. I would just like to say: Paul and Joyce – say when and where. I will stand beside you when you need to be held up. Your loss is inestimable.

We are so sorry to hear of Felix’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. The Ireland Family

Paul and Joyce,
Our family was so saddened to hear of the loss of Felix at such a young age. Our deepest condolences to your family. Antonio in particular had a close friendship with Felix. We will all remember Felix fondly for the beautiful person he was. Peace to you and your family.

We are so sorry for your loss. Felix was a sweet young man. Our deepest sympathy to you both.
Scott, Denise, Nick and Julia Downton

YI had the pleasure meeting and working with Felix this summer. Quite shy young man at first,but once he got to know me,all was good between us.Felix was an excellent worker,the best that I had here at the Garden, hands down! He had all intentions on comin back next summer to work with me. I am so sorry for your loss

Paul and Joyce, the news about the loss of Felix has been devastating. We did not know him personally, but we know what a light he was in your lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Paul and Joyce,
My heart breaks for both of you as you try to navigate through this unimaginable and tragic loss. While I only knew Felix when you lived in Charleston, I remember him as a sweet, vibrant boy, running the halls in the science center. It looks like he grew into a wonderful young man. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Deepest condolences, Beth Meyer-Bernstein

My heart breaks for you all My daughter was a friend of Felix and she is so sadden by his unexpected death I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers RIP my sweet boy Felix

So sorry to hear the sad news about your son. Felix hung out with my son Josh and he had nothing but good things to say about him. Our deepest condolences.
RIP Felix.
Frank, Christine, Josh and Jared Power

Paul and Joyce:

Words fail us in times like this . We can only say that we are so sorry and saddened for you. Felix and our son , Nathaniel , were friends. Felix, in his short life, made an impact on others well beyond his years. We hope that brings you peace and strength on the road ahead.
The Johnson Family


Paul and Joyce, We were completely shocked to hear of your tragic loss. All our kids knew Felix and appreciated his lust for life and saw it either skiing, swimming, running or biking. His short life is a sharp knife that truly cuts deep. We send our sincerest sympathies during this extremely difficult time. May God bless you both, and give you the strength you will need.

Extending our deepest sympathy, to you both and your families, at this very painful time. We hope that comfort and peace may come to you. We have very fond memories of your beautiful son, Felix.
Niki O’Brien-MacDonald, Hannah MacDonald and family.

We are shocked and deeply saddened by your loss. Deepest condolences, from our family to yours.
Keith, Lana and family.

Paul and Joyce, I was so very sad to learn of your heart breaking loss. Don