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Very sad to report the passing of a great man and a great bocce player. May he Rest In Peace.FAREWELL TO METHUEN'S BOCCE KING …
Mario Pagnoni, who spread his joy for and knowledge of the game of bocce both near and far, died yesterday at the High Pointe House in Haverhill surrounded by family and friends.
Pagnoni, 70, was a former Methuen grammar school and high school teacher for 32 years as well as a Methuen High varsity baseball coach, a youth basketball coach, and a baseball umpire and mentor. But it was bocce – a sport open to everyone, where balls are rolled toward a target (the pallino ball) – that was his true passion.
Considered a national expert, Pagnoni authored several books on bocce including “The Joy of Bocce,” which Newsweek called “the definitive guide to the sport.” The fifth edition of that book was recently released. He loved teaching the game – whether on the Nevins Library lawn with Methuen kids, in Revere at the annual Bocce on the Beach event or with older athletes via the Ken Waldie Senior Sports Circuit.
Pagnoni was part of a team that brought nationally sanctioned bocce courts to the Methuen Sons of Italy, where he was a member. As a result, the SOI hosted the U.S. Bocce Nationals in 2015 – the first time the event took place on the East Coast and in New England.
“(Mario) helped design and build the courts here and at houses, hotels and corporations. He traveled all over the country teaching bocce,” noted Methuen Sons of Italy President Marguerite Sciuto, who had Pagnoni as a 7th-grade math teacher, then re-connected with him when she joined the Sons of Italy. “It’s a loss to the city of Methuen, a loss to the bocce community and huge loss to the Sons of Italy.”
Featured in MethuenLife many times through the years for his sports affiliations and charity work, Pagnoni, according to ML Sports Blitz writer John Molori, was a "Renaissance Man, a multi-talented guy whose heart and mind were without peer. His enthusiasm was inspirational."
Pagnoni leaves his beloved wife Carmela, who has been his devoted caretaker through his stroke and dementia battles, and sons Jimmy and Joey.
MethuenLife will share funeral service information when it is released.
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