Guerino Goody Petronelli, husband of the late Marian Petronelli, retired Master Chief U.S. Navy 1941-1969, and world renowned boxing trainer 1969-2012, died unexpectedly of natural causes Jan. 30, 2012, at his home in Sagamore Beach. After retiring from the Navy in 1969, Goody pursued his passion as a boxing trainer full time. Training some of the best fighters New England and the world has ever seen, his first full time protege, Tony Petronelli, fought for the World Title, Marvelous Marvin Hagler World Champ, Rockin Robbie Sims World Contender, Steve Collins World Champion, Drake Thazdi, Richie La Montagne World Champion, Kevin McBride. Very seldom did Goody ever have a legal contract with any of his fighers, including Marvelous Marvin Hagler, he always said if they want to train somewhere else let them. His relationships with his fighters were based on friendship and trust not legal contracts. Goody is survived by his three children, Joe Petronelli and his wife Kate of Florida, Carrie Petronelli of Middleboro and David Petronelli and his wife Denise of Middleboro. Goody was also survived by five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was also the brother of Teo Nick Petronelli of Brockton, Guido Petronelli of Hanson, Ronald Petronelli of West Bridgewater, Henry Petronelli of Brockton, Rose Clark of Hyannis, Eleanor Walsh of Bridgewater, Lorraine Santorro of Brockton, and the late Fredrick Petronelli of West Bridgewater, Pat Petronelli of Newton, Netta Derocher of Brockton, and Nilda Comstalk of Brockton. Goody was an inspiration to all who knew him. Live a clean life, work hard at your dream, dont quit, these statements were the foundation of Goodys life. Dont Quit. Visiting hours will be held Thursday, Feb. 2, from 6-8 p.m. in the Ashley Funeral Home, 35 Oak St., Middleboro. Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 3, at 10 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial will follow at Pine Hill Cemetery, West Bridgewater.
Published in The Enterprise on Feb. 1, 2012