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IN MEMORIAM 2014 As Chronicled by Harry Chaykun in the Delco Times Jan 1, 2015
Each year, Delaware County loses many individuals who at one time played a big role in making this county such a special place in which to be involved in athletics.
The year 2014 was another in which the list of those who will not be with us to welcome in 2015 was significant in that it includes not only those who garnered the biggest headlines, but also those who worked behind the scenes to make Delco a better place for its athletes and those who loved the games they played.
In January, we learned of the passing of local softball player Steven J. Giffin; former Interboro High swimming coach Ed Smith; James P. Stahl, a Darby native who coached youth baseball and soccer in New Jersey; Henry R. Blynn, a founder of the Delmont Youth Hockey Club of Villanova; Thomas E. Grugan, one-time Darby Township High football and baseball coach and member of the Chester Chapter of PIAA Football Officials; and Dante Desimone, an Upper Darby High and Neumann University lacrosse player.
Among the others who died in January were John W. Boyd Jr., the Yeadon High football, basketball and baseball standout who played basketball at Duke University and coached the sport at Ocean City (N.J.) High; David P. Dewan, who competed in football and wrestling at Springfield High; Terry Mann, the St. James High baseball player who became a professional baseball and tennis umpire; William C. “Butch” Bryce, former Eddystone High basketball and baseball player; and Paul H. MacIntyre, who played ice hockey Marple Newtown High.
In February, we lost Anthony H. Capasso, a Lamokin A.C. semipro football player; Rodney “Rock” Rothwell, who was a Chester High football player; Robert C. Hannum Sr., a member of the Greenhalgh Pipers championship softball teams and a founding member of the Chester Chapter of PIAA Football Officials; former Interboro High athlete Michael Salomone; George “Chubby” Panarello Jr., an Upper Chichester High football player; Hayden P. Machamer, who was sports editor of the Interboro News and a founder of the Prospect Park Swim Club; William Edward Floyd, a Chester High graduate and Black Athletes Hall of Fame member; and John J. Dougherty, former Swarthmore Recreation Association Volunteer of Year.
Others who left us in February included Daniel Hammond of the Holy Cross CYO track and field program; former Media High field hockey captain Shirley VanZant Metsger; Jeremiah “Jerry” Desmond, a Chester High football captain, who became a teacher and coach at Trainer School; William “Cooney” Davis, a local softball pitcher and martial arts instructor; James E. Condon Sr., former Interboro High boys basketball assistant coach; Steven R. Bales, who was a local softball player and Glenolden Boys Club coach; Doris M. Thompson, who was involved in the Parkside Little League and Chester Suburban Teener League Ladies Auxiliary; and Albert R. Marchetti, who played football at Darby High.
In March, we mourned the deaths of Sue Bernardo Marchesani, a Ridley Park High field hockey and basketball player; P. Dennis Serina, who played football at St. James High and Temple University; former Penncrest High tennis coach James Frederick Baillis Sr.; Charles W. Toy Sr., an Eddystone High football player; Thomas F. Corbett, former Blessed Virgin Mary CYO president; Joseph Gricco, who played baseball for Tinicum A.C.; Prospect Park youth football coach Walter “Wally” Sieminski ; and Brandon J. Hamm Jr. youth football coach in Darby Township, Colwyn and Aston.
March also was the month in which John J. Peoples, Springfield High and Sun Valley athletic director, baseball umpire and basketball official; Vernon L. Cottman, a Chester High graduate and former semipro football player; ex-Little League coach Anthony J. Puliti; Chichester High athlete Valera Thorpe; Clayton R. Schroeder, who coached baseball at Lansdowne Boys Club; and John E. Sherry, a Drexel Hill native who played football and basketball at Penn State, passed away.
In April, we learned of the passing of Dr. Jack Ramsay, the Upper Darby High graduate who coached basketball at St. James High, St. Joseph’s College and in the NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers and Portland Trailblazers, with whom he won a playoff championship; local baseball player James J. “Lefty” Massey; Theodore F. Cramer, retired Penn-Delco School District educator and administrator who was president of Wallingford Swim Club; Paul J. Schraepfer, a Sharon Hill High football and basketball player; and Herbert T. Williams Jr., who played football at Chichester High.
Among the others who died in April were Richard J. Miller, a Glen-Nor High basketball player and member of the school’s Hall of Fame; Richard L. Tierney, an assistant coach with the Upper Darby Sharks semipro football team and Archbishop Prendergast softball team; Frank Budd, the former Villanova and Olympic team sprinter and Eagles wide receiver; Christopher F. McCann, a basketball coach and clock operator at Big 5 and 76ers basketball games; Rony Antoine, who played football at Upper Darby High; and Tony DiEmidio, ex-Upper Darby High and West Chester State football player who was a member of the Kansas City Chiefs team that played the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl I.
In May, we lost Little League coach Francis A. Blissick; John H. Ratliff Sr., a Ridley Township Softball League pitcher; Lillie May McMaster, Ridley Park High field hockey player; Carole Ann Wakefield, former editor of Lacrosse Magazine; Upper Darby High athlete Bradley Scace; Joseph F. Schiazza, who played football at Clifton Heights High; Dorothy Sheneman Halloran, ex-Ridley Park High basketball player; and George “Bill” Shade, a Trainer Little League coach.
In June, we mourned the deaths of Darby Little League manager and umpire William T. Berchtold; George McKernan, a starter/referee at DeLaSalle Swim Club; William D. Morris Jr., former Colwyn Comets football coach; Frank C. Videon Jr., an Upper Darby High football player and former member of the Suburban Philadelphia Football Officials Association who was a member of the Eagles chain crew; Jack Devine, a Villanova basketball player and assistant coach who coached a championship team at West Catholic High; Anthony L. June, an ex-Media High football and baseball player and Chester Control Pitch Softball League player; Juan A. Queen Jr., who played football at Chester High; and Daniel M. McCray, a Sun Valley football player and former Brookhaven Babe Ruth coach.
In July, we learned of the passing of Cardinal O’Hara High football coach Danny Algeo; Bertram Wallauer, a Folcroft Boys Club coach and former Del Val Men’s Softball League president; Albert H. Stephey, a founding board member of the Colwyn Swim Club; former Glenolden Boys Club football coach James E. O’Doherty; ex-Interboro High football player Vince McHale; Dennis Bregande Jr., who played baseball at Penncrest High and the Broomall-Newtown Babe Ruth League; Robert M. Boyd Jr., a Drexel Hill Babe Ruth coach; Lillian C. Cornish, former St. Robert’s CYO volleyball coach; and Stanley B. Lindner Jr., ex-president of the Nile Swim Club of Yeadon.
Among the others who died in July were Edwin J. Poplawski, a founding member of the Briarcliffe A.A. and Briarcliffe Swim Club; Louis “Red” Klotz, a Villanova basketball player who became player/coach of the Harlem Globetrotters’ long-time opponent, the Washington Generals; Samuel J. Venuto, a Haverford High Hall of Fame member who was a running back with the Washington Redskins and football coach athletic director at Salem (N.J.) High; Francis J. Cunningham, ex-Drexel Hill Little League president; Frederick J. Orsini, who played football at Chester High and St. Robert’s High and was president of the Chester Central Little League; Eva O’Brian, an Episcopal Academy field hockey, lacrosse, and track athlete; Robert F. Rossiter Sr., ex-St. Thomas The Apostle CYO basketball coach; former Springfield High tennis and baseball coach John P. Zappacosta; John P. Olinick, who competed in football, basketball and track and field at Eddystone High; and Alice Gray, an Edgmont Country Club golf pro and instructor.
In August we lost Eugene A. Ferraiolo, UDHL Babe Ruth and Monsignor Bonner High baseball coach; Matthew R. Battinieri of the Chester East Little League; Frank A. ‘Bud’ Perri from the Briarcliffe Father and Son Athletic Association; Swarthmore A.A. baseball coach John R. Mills Jr.; John McCann, a founding member and past president of the Collingdale Swim Club; and James E. Dyson, a Glen-Nor High football and basketball standout and Delco Baseball League all-star pitcher.
Others who left us in August were Joseph M. Muratore Jr., a Westbrook Park football and baseball coach and Holy Cross CYO football coach; Michael J. Glade, who played football at Springfield High and Widener University; local softball player Maureen J. Higgins; Dwight W. Speaker Sr., a Sharon Hill High athlete who competed in football and track and field at Gettysburg College; Anthony Crispino, ex-Folsom Boys Club baseball coach; and George W. Covert, who was active with the Sharon Hill A.A. and Sharon Hill Ramblers football program.
In September, we mourned the deaths Barry W. Bell, who was an Upland A.C. softball player and Brandywine Warriors football coach; Patricia M. Donahue, a Special Olympics coach; William J. Cassels Jr., a Delaware County Senior Olympic Games medalist; Mary Williams Mosley, a founder of the Media Girls Basketball League who coached in the Media Petticoat Softball League; Martin R. Stenson, Hero Bowl committee member who was active in the St. Francis of Assisi CYO programs; Interboro High football player and wrestler David J. Burke Jr., who coached wrestling at Lower Merion High; Dorothy E. Giachetti, a loyal Springfield High and Duke’s softball fan; Howard L. Boyer, a Delco Athletes Hall of Fame baseball player; and Gary Scattolini, a local football, baseball and softball coach.
In October, we learned of the passing of Gerard W. Geiger, a Darby Little League coach; Jesse Duke, a Chichester High athlete and Marcus Hook League softball player; Dominic “Sonny” Aurillo, who played football at Upper Darby High; Christopher J. Cerceo, ex-Clifton Heights PAL football, baseball and softball coach; Margaret M. Bergdoll, a former Notre Dame High (Moylan) basketball player; ex-Ridley Township High athlete Phillip J. Remington; Edward F. Crawford Sr., a boxer and Upper Darby Police Department Gym trainer; and Donald G. Jewitt, a Nether Providence Soccer Club coach.
Among the others who died in October were former Chester High basketball coach Fred Pickett; local Karate instructor Sean N. McCormick; Jack N. Manerchia, who played for and sponsored Marcus Hook softball teams; and former Haverford High soccer coach Jorge “George” Severini.
In November, we lost Brian Mulhern, the Sun Valley All-Delco football player and West Chester All-American who coached football at Chester High; Frances E. “Betty” Smith, who was the girls basketball coach at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School; Upland A.C. softball player Hudson B. “Huddy” Bethard; Ron Freeman, a Chester resident and loyal fan and photographer; Mario Scalora, manager for some outstanding football teams under coach Joe Logue at St. James High; and John P. Lacey, a Media Little League and Media Babe Ruth League coach who also coached ice hockey and middle school baseball at Delaware County Christian School .
Others who left us in November included Louis M. Peticca, former Chichester Crusaders and Oxford Golden Bears football coach and Oxford High assistant football coach; F. Raymond Shay, ex-69th Street Athletic Association president; John W. Scala, who competed in football, basketball and track and field at Media High and coached Rose Tree Colts football, Media Boys Club basketball and Media Little League baseball;Rinaldo J. “Renny” Pierangeli, a Cardinal O’Hara High and Comets AAU girls basketball coach; and Thomas J. Sherm Jr., ex-St. Louis CYO and Drexel Hill Raiders football coach and Yeadon Boys Club president.
In December we mourned the passing of Albert “Tink” Duranto of the Marcus Hook Softball League, a two-time Daily Times Tournament of Champions MVP; Michael P. Molinaro, a Clifton Heights PAL baseball player; John C. Gregory, ex-Lansdowne High athlete and Villanova football coach; Roy Dempsey, an Aston Valley Baseball League coach; Raymond J. Edelman, former Haverford High athlete and basketball coach at The Haverford School, Springfield High, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Oregon, and Penn State University; Daniel T. Sculley, a Chichester Crusaders football coach; Linda S. Lerro, former Collingdale High field hockey and basketball player; and Samantha J. Budnik, a Chichester Crusaders softball player.
December also was the month in which Harry Kollmar, a St. Andrew CYO football coach; Curtis Witherspoon, who competed in track and field at Lansdowne-Aldan High; Theodore R. Johns Jr., an ex-Collingdale High football player; Frederick Douglas Sr. of the Douglass Junior High basketball league; former Chichester High football player Clyde E. “Skeeter” Fry; William J. O’Neill, who coached a Del Val League champion football team at Darby-Colwyn High; Albert J. “Bunkie” Francis Jr., a loyal Chester High fan; Victor Michener, former Ridley Township High basketball player and amateur boxer; and Robert M. Waite, who played basketball and baseball at Interboro High and played for several local softball teams, passed away.
All made their mark in Delaware County athletics, and they will be missed.
“What greater gift can you give to people than great memories and a sense of what’s possible?”
– Dr. John Giannini