“I have always been proud to call Angelo Poffo my father.” –Macho Man Randy Savage
By: Legacy Staff
6 years ago
When professional wrestler Angelo Poffo died in March 2010 at age 84, his son, wrestler “Macho Man” Randy Savage, told St. Petersburg Times reporter Andrew Meacham, “I have always been proud to call Angelo Poffo my father.”
Said Savage, “He is a great example of a self-sacrificing, hard-working man who always put his family first... He has always been my hero and my mentor, and the priceless gifts he gave I will have and cherish forever.”
According to Meacham, “Mr. Poffo stayed away from the fast life. He rarely drank and was devoutly religious. He stowed away his money and sent his two sons to college.”
Poffo also took on the wrestling establishment and broke away in the late 1970s and early 1980s to promote matches for his sons.
Although Poffo won the U.S. TV title in 1958 and was inducted into the World Championship Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1995, he never attained the superstar status of Savage or the success of his other son “Leaping” Lanny Poffo, who continues to wrestle in Europe.
“If anybody remembers any of my success,” Lanny Poffo said, “it will be because of my brother’s. And if anybody remembers his, it will be because of my father’s.”
Poffo’s obituary, which emphasized his role as father and role model, seems even more poignant after the death of Savage, who died in a car crash last month.
Terry Funk, who also came from a wrestling family, told Meacham that Poffo “knew where the quality in his life lies, and that was with his family. That’s the way he lived his life.”
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This post was contributed by Alana Baranick, a freelance obituary writer. She was the director of the Society of Professional Obituary Writers and chief author of Life on the Death Beat: A Handbook for Obituary Writers before she passed away in 2015.