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Lawrence A. Cirignano

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Lawrence A. Cirignano

AGE: 83 • Manasquan

Lawrence A. Cirignano, 83, of Manasquan, died Friday, December 16, 2016 at Sunnyside Manor in Wall. Born in and raised in Passaic, NJ,2nd Ward. Larry lived in Clifton from 1962-1991 prior to moving his family to Manasquan. He graduated Passaic High School 1952 and was always involved in neighborhood athletics while earning Varsity letters in football and basketball. Attended Panzer College of Physical Education in East Orange 1953-1954 participating in Varsity Cross-Country, Basketball and track, earning a silver medal at the NJ Colleges Athletic Conference relays. From 1954-1956, served in the US Army as an Artillery Specialist 3rd Class with the 96th Battalion Alaskan Command. After an Honorable discharge, he continued his college studies at Paterson State (WPU) earning a BA degree in 1961 and MA in 1970. While attending Paterson State, he met his beloved Magdalen Ann Klippel, a highly regarded reading teacher at Passaic High School. They were married for 52 years until Madi's passing April 8, 2014. During college summers (1958-1959) served aboard the Andrew Jackson as a Merchant Seaman traveling to England, France and Germany. Recipient of the 1961 Directors Award for his work (S&P Fraternity) Paterson State College, on behalf of yearly MardiGras Carnival Productions while serving as Historian (1958-1961). Larry held several NJ state educational certifications in elementary and secondary areas along with Principal and Supervision certificates. He was appointed PHS Cooperative Ed Dept. Chairperson in 1988 and retired in 1997 as Work Study Coordinator. Larry had a distinguished coaching career at Passaic High School including guiding the 1969 Cross Country team to a Passaic Valley Conference title as well as leading the Varsity boy's basketball team to several championship seasons. His 1971 team (22-4) captured the section 1, Group IV state title, Passaic County crown and the Passaic Valley Conference honors. His squad also captured 5 additional titles, appeared in 8 Passaic County finals, winning it all in 1971,78,79,82 and placing in the NJ state top 20 five times. In retirement, he led the Monmouth Regional Boys Varsity squad to a school record 22-4 campaign in 2008-2009. Upon entering the coaching ranks, he coined the phrase "a boy, a ball, a dream" and never wavered from that philosophy. Following numerous coaching awards, he was inducted into the Passaic High School Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Passaic City 2nd Ward Hall of Fame in 2000. Additional honors included the Paterson News, The Record, North Jersey and the Herald News Coach of the Year. One of his fondest honors was being selected by his coaching peers as Passaic County Coaches Assn., Coach of the Year in 1971, 73 and 78. Served as Paterson State College Sports Information Director in 1968, receiving the Passaic Jaycee Distinguished Service Award in 1971. Wrote award winning column "View from the Top" for the Passaic Citizen (1968-1984) and the Clifton Dateline Journal (1984-1988). Other awards included Paterson State College S&P Fraternity Alumni Award (1972) Passaic County Coaching Assn. Executive Committee Award (1982-1984). He participated in the County Coaches All Star selection and group seeding committees, was Passaic High School athletic historian and nominated the Passaic High Wonder Teams for induction into the NJ Sports Hall of Fame (1993-2011) served as basketball broadcaster on cable television as a color analyst for William Patterson University during 87-88 season. 1984 was inducted into NJ Interscholastic Coach Assoc. Hall of Fame at Rutgers. CEO and founder of the Ciro Foundation (1992) dedicated much of his retirement years to preserving the athletic legacy and achievements of the NJ high school athletes. He was known for the collages he created to preserve those legacies. They have been on display at Passaic high school, William Paterson University, Brookdale Community College, Rutherford downtown 2014 Super Bowl display and in private homes.

His happiest moments were the numerous family cross country trips along the Eastern seaboard to places "somewhere over the rainbow."

Mr. Cirignano was pre-deceased by his wife Madi in 2014, parents; Lawrence & Rose; siblings; Louis, Mary Ann Singale & Eleanor Lipari. He is survived by 2 sons, Lawrence Matthew (Helen)and Henry Christopher (Krista); daughter, Jeanne Marie Dempster (Brian); brother, John (Jane); 4 grandchildren, Vincent, Ryan (Joan), Mason Henry and Brian Jr;2 great grandchildren Ava and Abby and his niece Jody.

Visitation will be on Monday, December 19, 2016 from 5-8pm at the Neary-Quinn Funeral Home, 39 South Street, Manasquan, NJ. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 10 am at the funeral home. Entombment will follow at Ocean County Memorial Park in Toms River.

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Published in Asbury Park Press on Dec. 18, 2016
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