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Walter A. "Pete" Antimarino, 91, was peacefully called to the Lord late Saturday evening, May 13, at his home in Pitcairn. Pete was preceded in death by his father, Anthony "Tangy"; mother, Tillie; and brother, John. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Katy; two sisters, Mary (Frank) Witkowski and Boots (Marvin) Starkey; his son, Pete (Judy); and daughters, Linda (Sam) Santangelo, Vicki Antimarino and Mary Kay (Derek) Morel. Pete had a very a special relationship with his six grandchildren, Katy (Paul) Soroka, Amy Antimarino, Molly Antimarino, Maddy Morel, Hannah Moreland Hayden Morel. Pete was born in Pitcairn and graduated from Pitcairn High School in 1943. Pete participated in football and baseball in high school, and was co-captain of the 1943 undefeated football team. In 1943, with our nation at war, Pete joined the Air Force and served his country for two years. Upon his return to Pitcairn, he joined the legendary Pitcairn Mohawks. For two consecutive seasons, he quarterbacked the formidable Mohawks to two consecutive undefeated seasons. In 1948, Pete followed his high school coach to the deserts of New Mexico to attend New Mexico Highlands University. Pete starred in football and baseball at Highlands while earning his degree in education. In 1952, Pete proudly accepted a teaching and coaching position in his hometown of Pitcairn and became the head coach in 1954. When Pitcairn and Monroeville merged to form the Gateway School District in 1958, Pete accepted the head football coaching positon and began a 32 year run, filled with many accomplishments that helped galvanize the Pitcairn-Monroeville community. Pete's coaching style was about discipline and execution, on and off the field, with a commitment to old school beliefs, especially team work. Pete's coaching accomplishments at Gateway included 236 wins and a 72.5% winning percentage, 28 out of 32 winning seasons, 5 undefeated and untied seasons, 18 section championships, 31 WPIAL playoff appearances winning 19, losing 10 with 2 ties, 7 Trips to the WPIAL Championship, and winning 5 Championships. The 1972 and 1986 Gators were voted PA State Football Champions and the 1986 Gators ranked no. 3 in USA Today's Final Poll. Once retired from coaching, Pete was able to spend more time on his favorite passions: faith, family, gardening, playing the accordion and wine making. At St. Michael's Church, he served through his late 80s as Father's "right hand man", handling whatever altar and lector requirements were necessary, including opening the church for daily mass. Pete would simply want to be remembered as a Servant of the Lord who did his best to do the right thing.
Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to noon, 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at St. Michael Church, 740 Wall Ave., Pitcairn. Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. on Friday. The WM.O. PEARCE FUNERAL HOME INC., Pitcairn, is assisting family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Pete Antimarino Scholarship Fund. Send donations to Tony Petrocelli, 103 Trotwood Drive, Monroeville, PA 15146.
Published in Times Express from May 16 to May 25, 2017
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