Mario’s founder Richard Harford dies at 79

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Mario’s founder Richard Harford dies at 79

The founder of Mario’s Pizzeria, Richard Harford, has passed away at the age of 79.

Harford, affectionately known as “Big Slice”, died peacefully in his sleep around 12.25 am on Friday at his family’s Fairways, Maraval home.

A release from his family said: “More than just the founder of Mario’s Pizzeria, he was a visionary, a beacon of inspiration, and a pillar of strength in Trinidad and Tobago’s culinary landscape. His larger-than-life persona was matched only by his boundless generosity, unwavering integrity, and profound kindness.”

“Richard’s dedication to his business and employees was unparalleled. His tireless work ethic, coupled with his meticulous attention to detail, ensured that every aspect of Mario’s operation reflected his unwavering standards of excellence. Despite facing formidable challenges, including competition from international conglomerates, Richard’s resilience and tenacity propelled Mario’s to unprecedented heights of success, with twenty-two thriving locations across Trinidad and expansion into Guyana,” it stated.

The funeral to honour the life of Richard Harford will be held at 9.30 am on Tuesday, March 26, at The Church of Assumption, Long Circular Road, Maraval.
For those unable to attend, the funeral will be live-streamed, with details to be given ahead of the service.

The business will be closed on this day.