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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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Anyone can become a member of the Order Sons of Italy in America and a member of the Watertown Lodge.

Once enrolled every member receives access to the Member’s Lounge during normal business hours as well as a copy of a monthly newsletter.

The downstairs Member’s Lounge is open Monday – Wednesday and Friday from 6:00pm until 11:30pm. Only OSIA members are allowed to use the downstairs lounge.

Members in good standing may invite guests. Guests are limited to three visits per month, prior to enrolling as a Regular or Social Member.

Beverages served at the downstairs lounge include an assortment of domestic and imported beer (the coldest beer in Watertown!), wine, liqueurs, cocktails, Italian drinks and sodas – all at a discounted member rate.

Members LoungeFor entertainment there are large HD flat screen TVs, including an 80 inch LED TV, with access to most sport channels and RAI the Italian channel, a full-size regulation pool table, foosball/biliardino table, dart board, wireless Internet, Italian and American cards (for Tre Sette/Scopa/Briscola/ Gin/Scala 40/etc) and a full service kitchen.

The Member’s Lounge and entire building is a non-smoking facility.

More importantly as a fraternal Order, the lounge offers a place to relax and socialize with fellow members.

All members of the Watertown Lodge also receive National and State benefits, as mentioned below.

National Benefits:

Free print & online subscription to Italian America magazine, members-only access to the
National website, discounts on wireless products and services, travel, health & wellness
services, genealogy research, language instruction, insurance, culinary products and more.

For more information visit: www.osia.org

State Benefits:

Free subscription to the Sons of Italy News, discount on home, life and auto insurance and
preferred eligibility for Grand Lodge scholarships.

For more information visit: www.osiama.org or download the brochure on the right. 

 

Membership BrochureThere are 4 types of membership for the Order Sons of Italy in America.

Regular Members:

Men and women who can trace their, or their spouse’s Italian lineage. They can participate in meetings, vote and hold office.

Regular Membership is $80 annually.

Social Members:

Individuals who are not of Italian descent. They may vote at meetings, however they may not hold office.

Social Membership is $60 annually.

At-Large Members:

People who cannot attend meetings or who do not live near a lodge. They receive all OSIA State and National benefits. They may not vote or hold office.

At-Large Membership is $35 annually, to become an At-Large Member visit: www.osia.org

Junior Members:

Young adults between the ages of 10-18 who have the same benefits as Regular Members.

 

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Become a member today and to be part of the largest Italian-America organization.

For more information contact us at 617-799-8819 or email us here.