James Vincent Marcolivio, 89, of Hermitage Hills Blvd., Hermitage, died peacefully at 4:08 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011 in Nugent Convalescent Home, Hermitage, with his family at his side.
Mr. Marcolivio was born July 6, 1921, in Ridgway, the son of the late Giuseppe and Michalina Lemongelli Marcolivio.
He was a standout athlete at Ridgeway High School and was the captain of his senior high baseball, basketball and football teams. He also attended Kiski School, an all-boys college preparatory boarding school in Saltsburg, where he was also a three-sport letterman. He earned his bachelor of science degree in education from Lock Haven University in 1949. He also earned his master’s degree in education from Westminster College.
Mr. Marcolivio worked in the West Middlesex Area School District for 32 years, where he taught health science, physical education and general science, and held the position as guidance counselor for 13 years. While teaching at West Middlesex, he coached several sports teams, including the 1953-54 Big Red basketball team that is still the only West Middlesex team to win a state title. He coached his team to a 74-58 victory against Mount Joy in the state title tilt and brought the first state championship trophy home to West Middlesex High School. He also assisted Kennedy Catholic’s Golden Eagles football team in 1985 as a defensive back coach.
In 1982, Mr. Marcolivio was inducted into the Mercer County Hall of Fame for all of his great sports achievements. After retirement, he simply enjoyed spending time with his family and he also was a well-known face at Tam O’Shanter Golf Course in Hermitage, where he worked as a starter. He was an active member of the Church of the Good Shepherd, West Middlesex, where in past years he belonged to their men’s club and was one of the founding members of the parish. Some of his former memberships included the Pennsylvania State Education Association, the National Education Association, the Italian Home and its Wednesday night men’s golf league, and the Italian American War Veterans (ITAM). He also was a volunteer for a number of years at what was then the F.H. Buhl Club, Sharon.
A decorated war veteran, he served with the United States Navy Air Corps in both the European and African theaters and was honorably discharged with several medals and commendations.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former Louise McRoberts; a daughter, Kathleen L. Lewis of Volant; a sister, Molly Zimmerman of Medway, Mass.; a brother, Anthony J. Marcolivio and his wife Joyce of North Carolina; three grandchildren, Meredith A. Eaton and her husband Rocky, Susan L. Sippola and her husband Jason, and Donald G. Lewis; and five great-grandchildren, Isabella and Brooklyn Eaton, Hannah and Zachary Sippola, and Braden Lewis.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, James and Vincent; a brother, Nicholas Marcolivio; and four sisters, Lena and Anna DeCarlois, Genevieve Stenta and Victoria Cole.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday for James Vincent Marcolivio.
In lieu of flowers, Jim’s family suggests that memorial contributions be made out to the Good Shepherd Education Fund and sent to Church of the Good Shepherd, 3613 Sharon Rd., West Middlesex, PA 16159.