John Cardano


John W. Cardano was a son, brother, father and friend. Born Feb. 4, 1947, in Springfield, Mass., he died unexpectedly at the age of 70 in his home on Dec. 15, 2017, in Marlboro Beach, Maine. John loved life and lived in the now.

He was a member of the wrestling team and a graduate of Cathedral HS in Springfield, Mass. Drafted by the Army in 1968, he served as a translator for the Vietnam War. He attended the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif. He was severely wounded in the war, hit with shrapnel and directly sprayed with Agent Orange. He received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, among other awards.

After four years in the service, he met his former wife, Gloria Butler (now of Seal Cove), in a music appreciation class in Holyoke, Mass. He graduated from UMass-Amherst, where he majored in Asian culture and thought, with a focus in Japanese language. He and Gloria moved to Mount Desert Island on their honeymoon in 1974.

In the mid-1970s, John was an elver/eel fisherman and enjoyed diving for scallops. He was a small business owner out of Portland in the 1980s-’90s, running his Maine Coast Smokehouse, which had delicious smoked mussels, trout, salmon, pates and more.

Chronic pain from combat wounds pushed him to research and study holistic modalities throughout his life. He held a practice of Bioenergetic Art in NYC. He experienced gradual growth of cancer up to stage four bladder cancer due to his exposure to Agent Orange. Surgery and recovery through continuation of his holistic practice allowed for an enjoyable quality of life.

He was the author of “The Fabric of Health”; “Pain, Cancer and Personal Relations,” “Natural Relations” and “Little Wild Horse Canyon.” A teacher on the awareness and benefits of breathing and directed breath, John understood that we are multidimensional beings. We are a spiritual being having a physical adventure, with a mental ability and an emotional power system.

He was known as Happy by his granddaughter, friends and loved ones. John held a vitality and joy for life that he shared with everyone. He was a Certified Laughter Yoga Instructor.

He is survived by his mother, Theresa Cardano of Springfield, Mass., his brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Marilyn Cardano of Monson, Mass., his sister, Georgette Cardano of Cromwell, Conn., his daughters Nicole Cardano, Iris Aripotch and granddaughter Evangeline Meister of Mount Desert Island. He was predeceased by his father, Anthony Cardano.

A celebration in honor of John will be held in the spring of 2018 in Maine.

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