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Father of Patricia ’67, Veronica ’70 & Rosemary Pinciotti ’74 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on October 22, 2017

Don Pinciotti Obituary

Don Pinciotti, born in Carey, Ohio October 25, 1922 passed away on October 3rd, 2017, just weeks from his 95th birthday. “Pince” is remembered as a generous, hard-working, and influential force in the lives of his family and friends. He is survived by his wife Cheryl of twenty-two years and her son Marty Toukonen, as well as Don’s brothers Frankie and Gabriel (Lucy Ferrara) and sister Carmela (Frazier). He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Alma (Mantini), siblings Anthony, and Theresa (Calmes) and grandson Dominic Pinciotti.

Don graduated from Central Catholic high school (1940), and was an all-city standout in baseball and football. He was named first team All-City in football and played in the Ohio All Star game. He wasinducted into the Central Catholic Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004. Don received a full scholarship to the University of Dayton earning six varsity letters in football and baseball. As a Dayton Flyer, Don was selected to the “All-50 Harry Baujan Team”, All Ohio Catholic All-American team and chosen as Most Valuable Athlete in 1947.

In WWII, Don served as a second Lieutenant and physical education instructor at Fort Benning, Georgia before joining a troop ship in the Pacific. With the 8th Army, he escorted Japanese POW back to Japan. In Yokohama with the 8th Army football team he played in the Tokyo Bowl as the game captain and was selected as MVP. After the war, he was promoted to first Lieutenant, serving as 8th Army athletic director managing and playing on troop baseball teams.

He returned to UD and graduated in 1946 with academic honors, All-Catholic, and All-American distinctions. He was offered a contract with the Detroit Lions and Chicago White Sox organizations. Don chose to play baseball with the Chicago White Sox and the Memphis Chicks for five seasons. Don was inducted into Toledo’s City League Hall of Fame’s all-time greatest athletes in 2000.

Don married Rita Clarahan in 1948 and returned to Toledo with a growing family to work at Willys Jeep in 1953. Don worked as an UAW International representative and was instrumental in bringing the “Kaiser model” of health care to all United Auto Workers in Toledo. Don believed athletics, nature, and creativity were important to a well-lived life providing this opportunity for thousands at Local 12 Summer camp. “Pince” was an entrepreneur, a Toledo Recreation department commissioner, and developer for Outdoor Resorts of America. He was a sports enthusiast, collector, and a CYO coach. A natural storyteller and life-long Democrat, Don loved debates about politics and sports.

Belief in a college education, hard work, and athleticism were passed on to his children and grandchildren who survive him: Patricia (Howard Rappaport), Rocky (Joan Glase), Veronica, Dennis (Anita), Rosemary (Michael Quaranta), Philip (Kris), Dino (Lisanne), and Frank. Don often bragged about the interests and individual athletic/academic accomplishments of his grandchildren — Zak, Nikki, Jesse, Gabe, Andrew, Christopher and Rachel, Michelle, Jaclyn, Dan and Lindsay, Kevin, Caitlin, Dean, Ben and Mandy, Andrea and Ryan, John Paul, Tori, Livy, Mimi, Mike, Julia, and Lauren and was overjoyed about his great-grandchildren, Bailey, Dean, Vincent, Luke, Sadie, Elliot, and Harley. Borrowing from Lou Gehrig, Don “considered himself the proudest father on the face of the earth”.

The family will be receiving guests Friday, October 27, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home, 4752 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo (419 381 1900). There will be a Military salute at6:45 p.m. followed by a scripture service.

A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, October 28, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church, 4201 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo (419 381 1540).

In lieu of flowers his family requests donations be made in Don’s name to the Toledo Diocese Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) – 1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo, Ohio 43604.

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View the online memorial for Don Pinciotti

Published in Toledo Blade on Oct. 22, 2017

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