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“Bill, Today is your Birthday and I'm very sad you are not here to celebrate with all of us. I want to thank you for always being such an incredible...Read More »
1 of 32 | Posted by: Lisa - VA

“All my thoughts and best wishes to Marti, Miles, and the whole Morano family. Bill was a force that left us too soon. His spirit will be missed and I...Read More »
2 of 32 | Posted by: Dave Fabris - Mt. Vernon, NY

“Our thoughts & prayers are with the entire Morano family at this very sad time. May Bill's fatherly love to Miles, his passion for music, and...Read More »
3 of 32 | Posted by: Nina M. Curtis - VA

“Aunt Lee and Family, We are so sorry to hear about Bill's passing. Paul, Becky, Adrienne and Michael ”
4 of 32 | Posted by: Paul Piazza and Family - Penfield, NY

“My heartfelt prayers go out to Marti, Miles and Bill's entire family. I've had the pleasure of knowing Marti more than over 25 years and I know how...Read More »
5 of 32 | Posted by: Carla Saia - Arlington, VA

“To Marti, Miles and other members of Bill's family - my thoughts are with you at this time of loss. You will always remember him for the wonderful...Read More »
6 of 32 | Posted by: Linda Billings - Arlington, VA

“While I never met Bill personally, I had the pleasure of hearing about his life and struggle through one of his family members and the impact that he...Read More »
7 of 32 | Posted by: Genevieve Arens - Purcellville, VA

“My condolences to Bill's family. I knew Bill from school and sports. You knew you had a better chance of winning with Bill on your team. He liked...Read More »
8 of 32 | Posted by: Kelly Crittenberger - FL

“To the entire Morano family, I wish there was something I could do or say to ease your loss. The reality is there isn’t any. But may I suggest...Read More »
9 of 32 | Posted by: Tim Kelly - Woodbridge, VA

“I have had the good fortune of being a friend of the Morano family for almost three decades. The hospitality they have extended to me over the years...Read More »
10 of 32 | Posted by: Tim Kelly - Woodbridge, VA

“I am greatly saddened by the news of Bill’s passing. He and his family have been in my prayers and now that his suffering is over we can find...Read More »
11 of 32 | Posted by: Tim Kelly - Woodbridge, VA

“Leonore and family, We are sorry that we are unable to be with you at this sad time. Will remember Bill fondly, and he will remain in our prayers....Read More »
12 of 32 | Posted by: Paul and Mary Piazza - Rochester, NY

“"Because we don't know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens a certain number of times, and a...Read More »
13 of 32 | Posted by: Stephen - Vienna, VA

“Skilly, "The Original Sick Unit." You're my cuz, best friend, and teacher. Although there will be days I live without you, there will never be...Read More »
14 of 32 | Posted by: Scary Morano - Scranton, PA

“Great father husband son brother cousin. Bill was all of these but to me a great friend always there to help or just listen give a kind word or...Read More »
15 of 32 | Posted by: oscar gonzalez - ambridge, PA

“So sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers. Aunt Aggie & family ”
16 of 32 | Posted by: Debbie Leone-Miller - smock, PA

“My condolences to the Morano family. ”
17 of 32 | Posted by: Allyson O'Brien - Leesburg, VA

“I am so very sorry to hear this sad news. I am so glad though, that Marti had such a devoted loving husband and that Miles knew his dad long enough...Read More »
18 of 32 | Posted by: Lorraine James - Lovettsville, VA

“This is still so totally unbelievable to me, Billy is simply gone too soon. My heart goes out to Marti and Miles and all the rest of Bills family...Read More »
19 of 32 | Posted by: Kathleen Bowman - Blue Grass, VA

“It is said that the stars that die the youngest are the ones that shine the brightest. Billy had an amazing bright spirit that brought such a...Read More »
20 of 32 | Posted by: Edgar Morano - Pittsburgh, PA

“Bill and I worked at a couple of dealers together and he made the job interesting his humor and practical jokes made the job bearable he had a ora...Read More »
21 of 32 | Posted by: David K Fortney SR - simpsonville, SC

“May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept our sincere condolences. ”
22 of 32 | Posted by: Phil Salazar & Family - WV

“I will always fondly remember the beach with my cousin Billy. Every summer when I was a little kid, I would beg all of my family members constantly...Read More »
23 of 32 | Posted by: Alyssa Morano Goldberg - PA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bill will always be remembered. Much love, Sherry & TK ”
24 of 32 | Posted by: Sherry & TK Ives - springfield, VA

“Bill was my musical soul mate brother. Bill Morano helped to shape the sound that my band has today. My friendship with him was one of the best...Read More »
25 of 32 | Posted by: Joe Keyes - westminster, MD

“So sorry to hear about Bill. Our love and prayers are with you all. ”
26 of 32 | Posted by: Dan Leone - Uniontown, PA

“Marti, Miles, Aunt Lee and Family, We are so saddened by Bill's passing. It is the great memories of family vacations at Ocean City & visits to...Read More »
27 of 32 | Posted by: Vassil Family - Dalton, PA

“I remember when I first moved to VA and my father was not available to help me with my car. Bill was so helpful by changing my oil a few times and...Read More »
28 of 32 | Posted by: Christine, Matthew, and Gabriel Peles - VA

“Morano Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. XOXO, Lisa, Tracy, Erin & Holly ”
29 of 32 | Posted by: Reaves-Beachum Family - Sterling, VA

“All the blessings this world has to offer to you and yours. Love, Candy ”
30 of 32 | Posted by: Candy - Martinsburg, WV

“To the entire Morano family, I am heartbroken to hear of Bill's passing. He fought hard, now his struggle is over and he's resting peacefully with...Read More »
31 of 32 | Posted by: Shelley Grimaldi Mattice - VA

“Billy I am sorry that you have left this corporal life...but we will remember you as the fun uncle, someone who all the kids could relate to...Read More »
32 of 32 | Posted by: Gene Jr. - Bluemont, VA


Beloved William Morano, 51 years old, is survived by his wife of 23 years, Marti, his six year old son Miles, his mother Leonore, his three brothers Carl, Tom, and Marc, and his two sisters Laura Jones and Lisa Weber. Bill's father, Carl Morano, passed away in 2011. Bill grew up in McLean, VA and attended Langley High School. He was an accomplished guitar player and attended Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music. He also studied under world renowned music theorist and educator Charlie Banacos, recorded with Parliament/Funkadelic leader George Clinton, and led several jazz and blues bands – most notably Grilled – that provided an opening act for world class artists like Al Di Meola, Johnny Winter, Mike Keneally and others. He taught guitar at Reston Music for many years and was loved by all his students. Bill was passionate about all of his interests – music, animals, movies, and sports -- and always tried to share his passions with others. All who knew him knew he was a true animal lover, from dogs and cats to snakes and turtles, and he rescued many animals in his lifetime. He successfully captive bred Macklot's pythons, an Indonesian species. Bill made it his mission in life to educate people about the beauty of reptiles, especially snakes, and his passion for all God's creatures changed the hearts of many. But Bill's greatest passion was his son Miles. Bill was totally devoted to Miles and was his primary caretaker while Marti worked. Bill and Miles shared an inseparable bond. Bill took Miles with him everywhere and spent every minute he could with him. Miles was his best friend, his inspiration, his heart. And Miles adored his father. Bill had countless friends who all knew that Miles was the light of his life. Bill touched the lives of so many people and will be missed by all of them. "A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others." If you would like to make a charitable donation in Bill's name, the following organization is one that Bill felt very passionate about. United States Association of Reptile Keepers (USARK) "An Education, Conservation and Advocacy Organization for Herpetofauna… Promoting Awareness, Responsible Care & Professional Unity" www.usark.org USARK is a science, education, and conservation-based advocacy for the responsible private ownership of and trade in reptiles. They endorse caring standards, sound husbandry, escape prevention protocols, and integrated approach to vital conservation issues. Their goal is to facilitate cooperation between government agencies, the scientific community, and the private sector in order to produce policy proposals that will effectively address important husbandry and conservation issues. The health of these animals, public safety, and maintaining ecological integrity are USARK's primary concerns. Send checks to: USARK Reptile Defense Fund 3650 Sacramento Drive San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

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