|Death: ||Aug. 1, 1979|
Michael 'Mike' W. Scibelli, worked for the Massachusetts Department of Corporations and Taxation in Springfield as the office manager, and was an assistant football coach for Cathedral High School. He was married to Rita (Quinn) Scibelli, who was a homemaker. They raised their family on Somerset Street in the Forest Park section of Springfield, Massachusetts.
They had three children, Andrew 'Andy' Scibelli, who was a biology professor, and then Registrar at, and ultimately became the President of, Springfield Technical Community College (S.T.C.C.) in Springfield; Barbara 'Bonnie' Begley, an x-ray technician; and Michael A. Scibelli, a sergeant with the Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.
Rita was active in politics and hosted a backyard tea for Jacqueline Kennedy, when her husband John F. Kennedy was running for President in 1960. It was an exciting sight for neighbors watching long, black limousines drive up to that modest, well-kept home on a quiet residential street and seeing Mrs. Kennedy disembark and go inside.
Michael, who had an breathing condition was sitting on his porch one summer day in 1955 and saw Frank Adamski, a then five-year old childhood friend of his son Mike, and who lived diagonally across the street, trying to master bicycle riding without training wheels. Seeing that he was having difficulty mastering balance, he descended from his porch and offered to help. Holding onto the back of the bicycle seat to steady the bike, he ran along side the young boy going back on forth down the street, all the while offering encouragement and praise. He did that even with his breathing problem, and continued until Frank finally was able to do it without assistance,
That was not the last time that he assisted him. Much later he offered an employment recommendation which garnered that same young man a good job.
Michael was a good, honest man, husband, father and neighbor who was well-respected by his peers, friends and family and who's passing was mourned by many, many people.
We need more people of strength and character such as Michael Scibelli today.
Andrew P Scibelli (1883 - 1941)
Filomena C Scibelli (1889 - 1982)
Rita E Scibelli (1914 - 2006)*
Barbara F Scibelli Begley (1939 - 1996)*
Michael A Scibelli (1949 - 1995)*
Saint Michaels Cemetery
Maintained by: Frank R. Adamski
Originally Created by: Beckie Cross
Record added: Nov 17, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 44502689