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Thomas R. Marchegiano

THOMAS R. MARCHEGIANO SR., 77 Thomas Rocco Marchegiano Sr., 77, of Phoenixville, PA, died suddenly at home on Monday, April 23, 2012 . Born in Phoenixville, he was the son of the late Louis and Margaret (Petrillo) Marchegiano. While in high school, "Tommy" began boxing and training with Joe Rowan at the Santa Anna Italian Club. An alternate to the 1952 US Olympic Team, he won 21 out of 23 amateur contests. In 1952 he knocked out Carmelo Costa, winning the Eastern Golden Gloves lightweight title, during which he met and maintained a lifelong friendship with heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson. Tommy was both a standout amateur and professional boxer, compiling a professional record of 20-5-3, with five KOs. "Ring Magazine" featured him in their December 1953 Newcomers Section as "a cool operator, with a keen eye, who moved smoothly and was a sharp-shooter with both hands. His left hook was his favorite wallop." He twice fought at Madison Square Garden in 1953 on the televised Gillette Friday Night Fights. Following his active boxing career, Tommy participated in the Police Athletic League boxing organization. In honor of his contributions to the sport, he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame in 2011. Tommy worked at the Phoenixville Iron Company and then served with the Phoenixville Police Department. He later moved to the Schuylkill Township police force where he was a detective sergeant and later served as Chief of Police for 20 years until retiring in 1996. He was active in Phoenixville's Little League and Babe Ruth baseball leagues. He was enshrined in the Phoenixville High School Hall of Fame inaugural class in October 2011. A lifelong, active golfer, Tommy enjoyed the friendship of many at Meadowbrook Golf Club and continued a boxing regime of workouts until his passing. He was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Phoenixville. Surviving are son, Thomas Marchegiano Jr. and his wife Victoria of Herndon, VA; son John Charles (Chuck) Marchegiano and wife Lisa of Malvern, PA; daughter Leslie wife of Rick Casey of Collegeville, PA; four grandchildren Anthony Marchegiano; Adria Marchegiano; RJ Casey; Ryan Casey; one step-grandchild Michael Marchegiano; brothers Joseph Marchegiano of Phoenixville; Louis Marchegiano, Jr. of Coatesville, PA. He is survived by longtime beloved friend and companion Terri (Scarangi) Evans. Relatives and Friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass in St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, 212 Dayton Street, Phoenixville, PA on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Phoenixville. A viewing will be held at the Devlin Rosmos Kepp & Gatcha Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 517 S. Main Street at Fourth Avenue, Phoenixville, on Friday, April 27, 2012 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday morning in church from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Phoenixville Area Police Athletic League, P.O. Box 221, Phoenixville, PA 19460. Condolences may be given to the family at www.DevlinRosmosKepp.com.

Published in The Mercury on Apr. 25, 2012
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