Don A. Picciano, Sr., 69, of Port Orange, Florida, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 8, 2021, surrounded by his loving family, who will continue to honor his legacy.
Don was born in the Collinwood neighborhood and was the son of Domenic Picciano and Constance Meske. He grew up in Euclid, residing for most of his life in Mayfield Heights and Highland Heights, and retired in Port Orange, Florida.
He was a 1970 graduate of Euclid High School, ran track, and enjoyed numerous other sports. He went on to attend Kent State University for one year. Don was a devoted Cleveland Sports fan, particularly the Cleveland Browns, who provided much excitement and too much aggravation to his Sunday afternoons. One of his fondest childhood memories was attending the 1964 Championship Game against the Baltimore Colts. Don also enjoyed most leisure sports, such as bowling and golfing with friends.
After high school, he began his career at Faflik Shoes and then Bill’s Shoes, where Don managed three stores. In 1984, Don opened The Original Absolute (initially named Absolute Car Grooming, Inc), the auto detailing shop he and his wife, Rosemarie, owned for over 34 years. He was known to be very meticulous both in running his business and when lending a helping hand. He retired from the auto detailing business in 2017 and moved to Port Orange in 2018 to enjoy retirement. While living there, he worked at Summit Golf Range. Don was a member of Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church in Port Orange.
Don’s greatest commitment was to his family. On May 18, 1973, he married Rosemarie Seggio Picciano and together they raised two children, never missing a game or event. Rarely spending any moments apart, their marriage was a partnership and was based on great love and devotion. He took great pride in being a husband and father, and being a Papa to his grandchildren. He always looked forward to visiting with his grandchildren, watching them play sports, and taking them on outings.
Devoted husband of Rosemarie, with whom he made a life for 48 years. Cherished father of Lisa (Mark) Swinarski, and their children Avery and Marisa, and Don Jr. (Cara) Picciano, and their children Giovanna, Daniela, and Donny III. Brother of Debra Schmitz, and brother-in-law of Cathy Johnson (Carl), and Patty Santucci (Henry). Don was a loving uncle of many nieces and nephews, friends, and their dog Pariss. He was preceded in death by his parents, his father and mother-in-law, Joseph and Josephine, a niece Christa Johnson, and beloved dogs Angel and Gigi.
A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday November 20, 2021, 10:00 A.M. St. Francis of Assisi Church, 6850 Mayfield Road, Gates Mills, OH 44040.
THE FAMILY REQUESTS TO OMIT FLOWERS, AND ALL DONATIONS BE MADE DIRECTLY TO THE FAMILY