Joseph Dominic DeLise Sr., 85, of Boca Raton, Fla., formerly of Sharon and Farrell, passed away peacefully on Wednesday (Aug. 16, 2017) after a brief illness.
He will finally be reunited in heaven with his wife, Joy, who passed away in 2010.
He was born in 1932 in Sharon to Dominic and Dora DeLise. He was raised in Farrell, where he went on to become a star basketball and football player, playing for legendary coaches Eddie McCluskey and Tony Palekus.
From there, he went on to be an All American at what was Indiana State Teachers College (IUP). He still holds many records there. His total points in career and season were held for 40 years. Joseph scored 52 points in a game. He was 17th in the nation in scoring his senior year and led his team to the semi finals for the National Championship in Kansas City. Joseph was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995. He was also one of the early inductees into the Mercer County Hall of Fame in 1983 for his playing and coaching exploits at Farrell High School and West Middlesex High School.
Joseph's playing career was interrupted by duty in the Korean War. He was drafted into the Marines where he was a combat veteran and was involved in prisoner exchanges.
After spending five years as an assistant basketball coach at Elwood City, he moved his family back to Farrell and became head coach at West Middlesex High School. There he led the Big Reds to two District 10 titles and five Mercer County B Championships.
After retiring from education in Pennsylvania in 1986, he and his wife moved to Boca Raton. There he went on to work in education another 12 years as assistant principal at Loggers' Run Middle School. Joseph was an avid golfer throughout his life.
He leaves behind a daughter, Renee, and son, Joe Jr., both of Florida.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Joy, whom he loved so much.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Trustbridge Hospice.
Joseph Dominic Sr., 85, of Boca Raton Fla., formerly of Sharon and Farrell.
Service: Memorial Mass will be held in Florida. Visit www.Lorneandsons.com to view and sign Joseph's guestbook.
Burial: With military honors at South Florida National Cemetery.
Arrangements by LORNE AND SONS FUNERAL HOME, Delray Beach, Fla.
Published on August 17, 2017