Alfred Francis PISANO Jr.

PISANO, Alfred Francis Jr. 74, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, formerly of Tampa, passed away on April 9, 2014, after a long and courageous battle against leukemia. He was born on Dec. 24, 1939 in Brooklyn, NY to Alfred and Georgianna. He was an All-American lacrosse player at SUNY Cortland from which he graduated in 1961. He then earned his master's degree in Education from Penn State University in 1966. Al's illustrious career included coaching lacrosse at his alma mater as well as the United States Military Academy in West Point where many of his players earned All-American honors. He then went on to teach and coach at Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania. Al spent the last 30 years of his distinguished career at Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa where he served as head football coach, athletic director, co-director of the Upper Division and Dean of Students until his retirement in 2010. He was inducted into the SUNY Cortland Athletic Hall of Fame, as well as the Berkeley Athletic Hall of Fame, and he was an honorary alumnus of the Berkeley Prep Class of 2010. Al is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 53 years, Peg; daughter, Laura (Skip) Lyshon and their children, Megan and Steven; son, Michael (Mary Susan) and their children Jasper and Helena; son, Ronald (Angela) and their children Christopher and Nicholas; and son, Alfred III (Jean) and their children Samuel, Peter and Louis. He is also survived by his sister, Leonore Glodowski; great-grandchildren, Michael and Isabelle; several cousins, nieces, nephews and other close relatives. Al was predeceased by his parents, his sister, Joanne Avazis, and his brother, Stephen Pisano. Al will be remembered fondly as a devoted husband, loving and caring father and grandfather, and an inspirational mentor, teacher, coach and school administrator. He was a communicant at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in Fort Pierce and his enduring faith gave him much comfort throughout his life. He was a gentle man with a kind heart who will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Moffitt Cancer Center or the Berkeley Preparatory School Alumni Scholarship Fund in Tampa. Visitation will be on Tuesday, April 15, from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm at Blount & Curry Funeral Home, 605 South MacDill Avenue, Tampa. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 16, at 2 pm at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 5525 N. Himes Avenue, Tampa, Florida. The guestbook may be signed at

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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Apr. 13, 2014