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Pasquale "Pat" Bisceglia, 78.

SHREWSBURY Pasquale "Pat" Bisceglia, Jr., 78, noted Shrewsbury resident and University of Notre Dame, All-American Football player, passed away Saturday, February 7th, 2009 in the home of his son John, surrounded by family and friends.

Pat's love of his life for 53 years Virginia (Notarangelo) Bisceglia passed away in July of 2007. He is survived by his three sons, his cherished son Dr. John "JP" Bisceglia DMD and his wife Tracey of Shrewsbury, Patrick Bisceglia of Shrewsbury and James Bisceglia of Russia; two brothers, Albert Bisceglia of Hyannis and Sam Bonanno of Worcester; two sisters, Yolanda Dagnello of Shrewsbury and Gloria Doerr of Grafton; four cherished grandchildren, Brianna, Bridgett, J.P. and Laura; many nieces, nephews and friends. Five brothers, Matthew, Anthony, Michael, James and Louis Bisceglia and four sisters, Marion Campaneli, Antoinette Morgo, Dorothy Downer, and Mary Pasquale all predeceased him. He was born in Worcester, son of Pasquale Bisceglia, Sr. and Angelina (Abruzzese) Bisceglia. He graduated from Commerce High school, where he was a standout in Football, Hockey and Baseball. He was considered the best athlete to come from Worcester. Pat then entered the U.S. Navy and served during the Korean War. Upon discharge in 1952, he entered college and earned his bachelor's degree in business from the University of Notre Dame in 1956 where he was an All American and Senior Captain of the Notre Dame "Fighting Irish" football team, playing is several premier football games such as the North-South Shrine Game and several New Year's Day Bowl games including the Orange Bowl. He then played professional football for over two years for the Canadian Football League Montreal Alouettes during 1956 and 1957 retiring due to shoulder injuries. Pat came home to begin his 35 year career for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management, Division Forests and Parks. Pat oversaw the Quinsigamond State Parks, Regatta Point and Lake Park. He then worked as director of the Young Adult Conservation Corps in Gardner, and then Division of Forests and Parks Bureau of Fire Control, retiring in 1992 as Chief of Fire Control. He also served as an assistant football coach for the WPI Football team for 17 years.

Over the years of his employment, Pat attended several colleges and training programs including The U.S. Department of Agriculture Management Training School and the Michigan State University School of graduate studies.

Pat was a member of St. Mary's Church. The disabled American Veterans Post #4 in Worcester, member and past president of the Columbus Civic Association, a life member of the Eastside Improvement Club, The former ITAM club, the Massachusetts Fire Chief's Association, the Blackstone Valley Forestry Association, and the Green Hill Golf Club. He was an involved member of the Shrewsbury Community. Pat served on the Parks, Recreation and Cemetery Boards for the Town and was instrumental in supporting the Shrewsbury Pop Warner Football program, all youth sports programs in Shrewsbury and installing lights in the parks for sports to be played at night. He would routinely attend every Pop Warner Practice and game for his grandson John and was known as "Grampa Pat" by all the players. He was devoted to his wife, his sons and daughter-in-law, but especially his grandchildren, whom he cherished. He enjoyed fishing, golf, spending time with family and watching football. You could find Pat on Saturdays in front of the television, watching the Fighting Irish football games.

The funeral will be held Tuesday, February 10th from the MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 370 Plantation St. with a Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, 640 Main St. Burial will follow next to his wife in Mt View Cemetery. Friends and relatives are invited to visit with the family, Monday, February 9th from 4 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shrewsbury Pop Warner Football Program, PO Box 442, Shrewsbury 01545.

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