MOUNT CARMEL – Joseph "Jazz" Diminick, 86, of 335 West Ave., Mount Carmel, passed away Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at home surrounded by his family.
Born at home on Oak Street, Kulpmont, on Aug. 25, 1927, he was a son of the late Joseph J. and Gertrude (Paskevich) Diminick.
Jazz was a lifelong resident of the Kulpmont and Mount Carmel Area.
He graduated from Kulpmont High School in 1946. Boston College in 1950 and received his Master's Degree from Penn State University.
On Oct. 7, 1950, in St. Edward's Church, Shamokin, he married the former Ann Louise C. Reichwein, who survives. He was a member of Divine Redeemer Church, formerly St. Peter Church, Knights of Columbus, Elks and the Holy Name Society.
Jazz began a career as an educator, coach and PIAA sports official that spanned 55 years. He was best known as the head football coach at Mount Carmel Area from 1962-1992, where he compiled 287 victories, making him the winningest football coach in Pennsylvania history at that time. He also coached basketball, track and field and baseball. He was inducted into the Pennsylvania Football Coaches Hall of Fame, Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, Boston College Sports Hall of Fame and the National High School Federation Sports Hall of Fame. His greatest football achievement, however, was sending over 200 boys away to college, mostly on full scholarships.
He was blessed with six sons and daughters-in-law, as well as 19 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He had great pleasure in coaching all of his sons in both football and track. All six sons played football in college.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Gary, his wife, Patricia (Basso), Essex Junction, Vermont, and their children, Dr. Noah and his wife, Lindsay, and their daughter, Lucy, Erin McGaughnea and her husband, Chris, and Sean, Dr. Kenneth, his wife Lori, Lemoyne, and their children, Joseph, Alyssa, Michael and Kiersten, Joseph, Orlando, Florida, and his children, Tyler, Lauren and Carolina, Edward, his wife, Elizabeth, Kingsport, Tennessee and their children, Bradley, Chad and Matthew, John, his wife, Kristin, Mountville, and their children, Luke, Conner and Paige, Dr. Michael, his wife, Katie, Lynchburg, Virginia, and their children, Hunter, Spencer and Taylor; a sister, Alma Mannello and her husband, Charles, Kulpmont; his niece and nephew, Cindy and Charles, and their families.
Jazz is well known for his contributions to the athletic community, however, his family will remember their Pap best for the great joy he received from being with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchild, whether it was the holidays, at the beach or just together "on the Avenue."
Pap was always the coach not only in athletics but in all aspects of life. He taught us humility, patience, respect, hard work and the importance of family. He gave us the gift of witnessing true love in his relationship with his best friend, and love of his life of 64 years, our Nana. We are truly blessed and grateful for all he has given us and for having him as the "head coach" of our family.
Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Divine Redeemer Church, 300 West Ave., Mount Carmel, with the Rev. Martin O. Moran III, officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Kulpmont. Viewing will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday with a prayer service at 8 p.m. in the Mt. Carmel Jr. Sr. High School - Richard F. Beierschmitt Memorial Auditorium, 600 W. Fifth St., Mount Carmel. Anyone wishing to attend the funeral mass should meet at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at Divine Redeemer Church, 300 West Ave., Mount Carmel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Ed Romance Chapter Sports Hall of Fame, Jazz Diminick Scholarship Fund, UNB Bank, 1 N. Oak St., Mount Carmel, PA 17851; or to the Divine Redeemer Church, 438 West Ave., Mount Carmel, PA 17851.
C.J. Lucas Funeral Home Inc., 27 N. Vine St., Mount Carmel and C.J. Lucas IV, supervisor, is handling arrangements.
To send condolences to the family, please visit www.cjlucasfuneralhome.com.