Lincoln E. "Linc" Cavalieri, 94, joined our Lord in Heaven on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, peacefully in his home in the presence of his loving family. Mere words cannot describe his life. To simply say he was kind, generous and loving does not do him justice. Linc was a man who had an extraordinary ability to positively impact anyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. Lincoln was born Feb. 28, 1918, in Hamden, Conn. He is the beloved son of Alberto and Romilda Cavalieri, and is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years, Margaret; his sons, Robert L., Richard E. (Jody) and Lincoln J. (Geria); and his daughter, Carol A. Powrie (Gregory). Linc was a kind and loving grandfather who revered his 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
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A veteran of World War II (U.S. Army), Linc spent most of his celebrated sports and entertainment career as the executive vice president of Detroit's Olympia Stadium and Joe Louis and Cobo Arenas. He promoted major entertainers too numerous to list, including Elvis Presley and the Beatles, created one of the nation's premier college hockey tournaments, the Great Lakes Invitational, helped launch the career of boxer Tommy Hearns, and conceived of and built the first-ever private suites in an arena at Olympia Stadium. Simultaneously, Linc served as vice president of the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings.
Linc will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of his company. In lieu of flowers, it is suggested memorial donations be made to the
. A memorial service beginning at 11 a.m. will be Saturday, Jan. 26, 2012, at Faith Lutheran Church, 935 Crystal Glen Drive, Lecanto, FL 34461. www.faithlecanto.com.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Dec. 9, 2012