Pasco 'Pat' Garramone played semi-pro football, was known as 'the Godfather of officials'
Pasco "Pat" Garramone, 83, of Drums, a retired physical education teacher and award-winning coach and referee, died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at Hazleton Hospital
Known affectionately as "the Godfather of officials," Garramone's prestigious career spanned nearly half of a century and touched the lives of thousands of children and aspiring young athletes on the football field and on the basketball court. A member of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, Northeastern Region, Garramone – also known as "Chick" – was considered one of the area's most respected officials in the PIAA.
Born in Philadelphia, Garramone grew up in Hazleton and graduated from Hazleton High School where he made his mark on the football field, both offensively and defensively. He played football at Auburn University for a year, then took a break to go into the Navy, before completing his education at the University of Scranton. He received pro football inquiries from several teams including the Pittsburgh Steelers and played semi-pro football with the Bethlehem Bulldogs, who at that time were affiliated with the Philadelphia Eagles.
He began his coaching career at Scranton, and his work included stints in Trenton, N.J., Mount Carmel and King's College. Garramone also served as head football coach from 1962 to 1965 at Liberty High School where he was on the teaching staff for decades. He also served as a water safety instructor for the Red Cross in the 1960s and 1970s, teaching thousands of children how to swim and inspiring many of them to then go and swim on the high school team, which he also coached.
He retired from teaching in 1990 but continued to referee and coach for more than a decade. He coached the men's and women's swim teams at King's College and the boys swim team at Hazleton High School.
( from The Patriot-News)