John Anthony Pierantozzi
1940 - 2021
BORN
1940
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Rone Funeral Service
1110 East Chestnut Avenue
Vineland, NJ
John Anthony Pierantozzi

Vineland - John Anthony "Coach" Pierantozzi, 80, of Vineland, NJ passed away on August 11, 2021 at Cooper Hospital in Camden after an extended illness. John was born in Philadelphia to John and Blanche Pierantozzi on November 24, 1940. He was a standout athlete and member of Sacred Heart High School, Class of 1958. He went on to earn his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University in 1962. While at Rutgers he was proud to have worn the uniform of the Scarlet Knights in both JV baseball and football. He later earned his master's degree from Villanova University.

He returned to Vineland after graduation from Rutgers and began a teaching career that spanned over 40 years. After five years teaching and coaching at Sacred Heart High School, he moved to Memorial Junior High School and then in 1969 he became a Physical Education teacher at Vineland High School and remained there until his retirement in 2005, serving as department head for the last ten years. John was an icon in the South Jersey sports scene as both a coach and an official. He began his coaching career as the head varsity basketball coach at Sacred Heart, coaching several talented teams with many great players, including his younger brother, Anthony. He then moved to Memorial Junior High where he coached basketball and football, also serving as an assistant with the Vineland High School team. He was elevated to head football coach in 1982 and led The Fighting Clan to seven winning seasons over the next nine years. His teams qualified for the state tournament in six of those nine years and won two CAL champions. They were the only two championships won by Vineland football in the last 43 years. John was proud to be a part of the Vineland-Millville Turkey Day Rivalry, especially when competing with his great friend Tony Surace. He was elected to the South Jersey Chapter of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 2017. He always quick to give credit for his success to his players and his dedicated and loyal assistant coaches. He was also a highly successful golf coach at both Vineland High and St. Augustine Prep. John was known throughout the state as one of the premier basketball officials. His knowledge and demeanor allowed him to bring a calm to even the most intense contests. Over his 50-year career in IAABO, John worked thousands of games all over New Jersey, including eleven state finals. In 2001, he was named NJ State Basketball Referee of the Year, and in 2005, he was inducted into the IAABO Hall of Fame. In 2014, he was the first referee to be inducted into the Carino Basketball Club Hall of Fame. His love for officiating was further enhanced by the comradery he enjoyed with the coaches, athletic directors, and his fellow officials. He was happy to work any level game, from CYO to college ball, especially when he could work with some of his long-time partners. His mentorship of the cadet program has influenced many of the officials on the courts today. John never had a meal that he didn't consider "fantastic" and he loved to tell stories, especially while golfing at Buena Vista, walking the promenade in Sea Isle City, sitting in a South Jersey gymnasium, or solving all the world's problems with "The Bagel Boys" at Bagel U. The family would like to thank all of the friends who literally and figuratively lifted John up over these past few trying months. The heartwarming visits and phone calls from so many who knew and loved Coach through his various commitments, activities, and passion bolstered his spirit tremendously - know that he felt that love and care, that it frequented "made his day". He also loved the City of Vineland and was proud to serve on both the planning and zoning boards even up to his passing. John's life was made complete by his loving family. He is survived by the love of his life, Bunny, his wife of 59 years, and their daughters, Beth Ann Catalana (David) of Vineland and Dr. Barbara Pierantozzi-McCaughey (Richard) of Fallston, MD, with whom he spent so many special events and holidays, especially at their summer home in Sea Isle City. John was "Pop Pop" to his five grandchildren, Taylor Catalana, Jordan Catalana, Garrett Catalana, Collin McCaughey, and Erin McCaughey, of whom he was so proud. He is also survived by his sister Pat Hambleton and brother Anthony Pierantozzi (Joyce) of Cape Cod, MA; sister-in-law Bonnie McLaughlin of Mays Landing; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents John and Blanche Pierantozzi, in-laws Ottavio and Rena Carletto, and brothers-in-law Richard Hambleton and Bill McLaughlin. Funeral home visitation's will be on Sunday evening, August 15th from 5pm to 8pm and again on Monday morning, August 16th from 9am to 10:30am followed by a funeral service at 10:30 am from Rone Funeral Service, 1110 East Chestnut Avenue, Vineland. Final disposition will be private. The funeral home requires everyone to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of John may be made to: The Red and Gray Gridiron Group, P.O. Box 81, Vineland, NJ 08362

ARRANGEMENTS are under the supervision of Rone Funeral Service, 1110 East Chestnut Avenue, Vineland, NJ 08360. To send online condolences please visit our website at www.RONEFUNERALSERVICE.com





Published by The Daily Journal from Aug. 12 to Aug. 14, 2021.
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Dear Bunny & Family: We are so deeply saddened at the passing of John. Please accept our sincere sympathy on this profound loss. John was an exceptional man who made such a difference in the lives of so many, and his contributions to the education of thousands of students and to the community-at-large will remain an indelible part of his legacy.
Arleen & Rich Flaim
Friend
August 24, 2021
Beth and Family, I'm so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. He was really a special person.
Randy
August 24, 2021
Thank you John for giving me the opportunity to be a basketball referee and believing in me. May you Rest In Peace in Heaven!
Mary Doherty
August 15, 2021
My condolences to friends and family on the passing of John Pierantozzi. As a former member of IAABO Board 196, Mr. Pierantozzi was the instructor of the Cadet class I was a part of for two years. He was very helpful and had a few tips on how to be the best basketball referee I can be. I am grateful to him for that advise. I have been a referee now for 14 years, and it's because of the instruction of Mr. Pierantozzi. He will be missed.
Bob Dowling
August 15, 2021
The sad loss of a coach who has touched thousands of lives in a positive way. May he Rest In Peace.
John Quinn
August 14, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Bert Echevarria
August 14, 2021
Bunny, Beth & Barbara, There isn't a person in the area that doesn't have a story. I will NEVER forget when John gave me a fake technical foul during a basketball game. Everybody was in on it but me!! Cost me $5 and a memory for a life time. All my love and prayers!! Patty Olive
Patricia A Olive
August 14, 2021
Our deepest sympathy. Lost a friend and classmate. John was a great person and educator. He related to Players, coaches and parents always made people feel like they were special. Rest In Peace.
Dolores and Larry Digiovanni
August 14, 2021
Prayers and condolences to the Pierantozzi family as you mourn the transition of your loved one, sadly I received the news. John was a good man who had a unique quality that would inspire all those around him. I hope you find comfort in knowing how he mentored and lived as an example to so many people along his journey. May God bless your family and grant you solace and peace as you grieve. R. I. P. John
Robert K. Brown, Sr
August 14, 2021
Johnson School Staff, Nahant
August 14, 2021
god has a great coach and person at his side
Louis or Michele Gigliotti
August 14, 2021
The IAABO family sends it heartfelt sympathy to John's family. I attended John's Life Membership induction in 2014 and he represented himself and the family very well. His service to IAABO was typical of those that loved the game and respected what it did for our youth. May he rest in peace.
Barry Fuller, President IAABO Inc.
August 14, 2021
John was dedicated to the students of Vineland High School. During my youth he was involved in all the youth sports in Vineland. As my offensive line football coach he was loved and respected by the tight unit he created. He kept things in perspective so the game was fun. I hope his family finds some peace in knowing his life was well lived and he was respected for his efforts.
Tim Curley
August 13, 2021
South Jersey has lost an icon. He was a model for every teacher, coach and official to emulate. He will be greatly missed by everyone in the athletic community. My family would like to express our sincere condolences to his wife and family. RIP John. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Bob Briles
August 13, 2021
RIP, Coach. My sincere condolences to the family. May God enfold you in His grace and bring you peace and comfort, in your time of need.
Carl Schuster
August 13, 2021
Beth and family, sending our sincere condolences and keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers in this sad and difficult time.
Mark & Veronica Glogau and family
August 13, 2021
Great man. Great coach. Great person - Highest respect. He taught not only sports - but life. My sincerest condolences to the family.
Donald Forcinito
August 13, 2021
At our families request, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Red and Gray Gridiron Group PO Box 81 Vineland, NJ 08362
David Catalana
August 13, 2021
God got a amazing person he taught us kids how to play many different sports u will be missed rest in peace
Jamie
August 12, 2021
My deepest sympathy Bunny to you and your girls. Your husband was a fantastic person. You and John made a great pair. I will miss his great personality. Love Bunny
Deborah Lillie
August 12, 2021
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