Patrick “Pat” Marchioni, 57, of Newark, Delaware passed away suddenly on February 3, 2023.
Pat lived in Delaware since he was six years old after he and his family moved from Steubenville, Ohio where he was born to Ann (Barnum) and Ronald Marchioni. He graduated from Christiana High School and Marquette University before earning master’s degrees from West Chester University and the University of Delaware. He worked for MBNA before pursuing his true calling as a special education teacher. He taught for over 15 years at the Kent County Elementary Intensive Learning Center at W.B. Simpson Elementary School in the Caesar Rodney School District.
A devoted husband, father, son, brother, and friend, Pat loved spending time with friends and family, and was always quick to help a neighbor in need. Whether it was playing volleyball, riding his bike on the trails throughout White Clay Creek State Park, or just tossing a ball in the back yard for his dog, Duke, Pat enjoyed being active, particularly outdoors. He loved gardening and working outside in his yard and around the neighborhood. The sunflowers he grew were a sight to behold and known by all who passed by his yard on Alton Road. He especially enjoyed spending his summers at the Drummond Hill Pool and volunteering each summer for more than a decade at Kay’s Kamp, a camp for children with cancer. Some of his favorite times were spent at Myrtle Beach with his entire family.
Pat is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Elizabeth “Lisa” (Watson) Marchioni; their children, Brian and Kevin Marchioni; his parents Ronald and Ann (Barnum) Marchioni; his brothers, Ron, Tim (Amy), Andy (Cindy), and Matt (Erika) Marchioni; brothers-in-law, Jim (Beth), John, and Joe (Sara) Watson; 19 nieces and nephews; and two great-nieces.
Visitation will be held Thursday February 9 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. with a service immediately to follow at 7:00 p.m. at McCrery & Harra funeral home, 3710 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19808. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Kay’s Kamp in his memory at www.kayskamp.org.