Mario Francisco Cima

Mario Francisco Cima

February 3, 1953 - November 29, 2023

Mario Francisco Cima departed this life Wednesday, November 29 at Albert B. Chandler Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky at the age of 70, with his loving wife of 38 years, Janie Cima, by his side.

Mario was a uniquely special man. He loved life almost as much as he loved people, and he wasn’t shy about sharing that love. Anyone who was fortunate enough to cross paths with him was greeted with an earnest smile and a welcome ear.

He had the uncanny gift to make each person he met feel special, as if for the moments they spent together, they were the only two people who existed. He had a truly genuine light about him that will be forever missed.

Mario was a proud graduate of St. Camillus Academy and a member of the All Regional Basketball Team as a high school sophomore. He was a Kentucky Colonel, a life-long Corbin Redhounds fan and member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He also worked at U.S. Steel, TruSeal Technologies and played/coached basketball.

Mario was preceded in death by his parents, Armando O. Cima and Jesse Marie (Johnson) Cima; an infant sister, Bernadette Cima; a nephew, Aaron “Hank” Cima; and a grandchild, Dustin Waters.

He is survived by his wife, Janie Cima; his sons, Mario (Cayla) Cima, II, Nicholas Cima (Ashley Caudill), Timothy (Sarah) Waters, Dave (Carrie) Waters; his siblings, Giulio (Tracy) Cima, Julia C. Jones, Michael A. (Robbie) Cima, Maria (Ray) Disney, Gina M. (Dan) Valentine, Gino G. (Laura) Cima, Leonardo “John” Cima, Edmondo O. (Lisa) Cima, Carmen L. (Steve) Bohn-Lein, Armondo O. (Karen), Cima, II, and Jerome F. (Staci) Cima; and grandchildren, Coby Cima, Gavin Cima, Andie Cima, Mason Cima, Jonah Cima, Anna Kate Cima, Megan Childress, Ginger Waters,  Hannah Hunley, and Sophia Waters; as well as a host of other nieces, nephews, grandchildren and others who will mourn his passing.

Visitation will be held Sunday, December 3 at Hart Funeral Home, 1011 Master Street, Corbin, KY, 40701. Family will be accepted beginning at 5 p.m., with friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Rosary will be held at 8 p.m.

A funeral mass will be held Monday, December 4 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 703 Master Street, Corbin, KY, 40701 with Father Damian Anumba. Graveside burial services will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

  • Patricia Watkins Giertz
    Posted at 08:57h, 02 December Reply

    Sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for the family and friends. Even though I haven’t seen him for a while I will miss him. He was one of my favorite people. Rest in peace.

  • Karen Champlin Owens
    Posted at 16:27h, 02 December Reply

    Deepest heartfelt sympathy! Prayers for peace and comfort!

  • Rose Mullins
    Posted at 16:45h, 02 December Reply

    Praying for peace for family

  • Toni Roman
    Posted at 07:56h, 03 December Reply

    So very sorry for your loss. Praying for God’s peace to comfort you all. I haven’t seen him in many years but remember him always being kind and genuine at our family reunions.

  • Toni Roman
    Posted at 08:00h, 03 December Reply

    So very sorry for your loss. I haven’t seen Mario in many years but remember him being very kind and genuine at our family reunions. Praying for God’s peace and comfort to be will you all!

  • Susan Henderlight Lovitt
    Posted at 09:51h, 03 December Reply

    So sorry to hear this. Prayers for you and your family.
    He was a wonderful neighbor and friend to the Henderlight family.

  • Debbie Killion
    Posted at 18:25h, 04 December Reply

    Prayers for his family. Love to Janie.

  • Scotty Stanton
    Posted at 08:47h, 05 December Reply

    So so sorry to hear this ill be praying for the family need anything lmk🙏🙏

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