For­mer teacher and foot­ball coach Gio­vanni Pa­cione

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS -

Gio­vanni Mario Pa­cione, a well-known fig­ure in teach­ing, foot­ball and le­gal cir­cles in Dundee, has died.

Known in the city as Jack, he was born in 1935, the youngest of a fam­ily of 13.

Mr Pa­cione was ed­u­cated at Law­side Academy where he met his fu­ture wife Rose­mary, fol­lowed by two years of na­tional ser­vice, be­fore train­ing as a PE teacher.

Af­ter grad­u­a­tion, Mr Pa­cione re­turned to Law­side in the early 1960s, mov­ing with the school to its new lo­ca­tion on the fringes of Ardler.

He re­mained there teach­ing guid­ance and anatomy, phys­i­ol­ogy and health, along­side his PE du­ties, un­til his re­ti­ral from the pro­fes­sion.

Mr Pa­cione’s broth­ers Emilio and Sid both played pro­fes­sional foot­ball, for Dundee United and Hibs re­spec­tively, but it was as a coach Mr Pa­cione would ex­cel.

In the 1960s, as coach of Lochee Ren­ton, he mas­ter­minded two Scot­tish Ju­ve­nile cup suc­cesses, in 1964-65 against Ar­broath Sports Club and 1966-67 ver­sus Ruther­glen.

Ren­ton were the first Dundee team to bring the na­tional tro­phy back to the city.

Dur­ing his spell with Lochee United his club won nu­mer­ous lo­cal tro­phies, in­clud­ing the Courier Cup and the Cur­rie Cup, and in 1968-69 the Dundee Ju­nior League.

As a teacher Mr Pa­cione raised funds to send sick chil­dren to Lour­des. Out­side of teach­ing he was a mem­ber of the lo­cal Cate­ni­ans, and be­came a jus­tice of the peace in the 1980s and 1990s.

Af­ter re­tir­ing, he and Rose­mary moved to Strat­ford-upon-Avon, where he passed away ear­lier this month.

Mr Pa­cione is sur­vived by Rose­mary, son John and daugh­ter El­iz­a­beth.

Gio­vanni Pa­cione ex­celled as a foot­ball coach in Dundee.

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