Charles J. Chic­cino of Malvern

1937-2016

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OBITUARIES -

Charles J. Chic­cino “Chic”, “Coach”, “Poppy”, 79, qui­etly, com­fort­ably passed away at Paoli Hos­pi­tal Novem­ber 12, 2016. He was born Fe­bru­ary 13, 1937 in West Chester, PA.

He was a mem­ber of St. Pa­trick’s Church in Malvern.

Chic grad­u­ated from Tredyf­frin-East­town High School with the Class of 1955. He was a three year var­sity let­ter win­ner in foot­ball, basketball and base­ball as well as Class Pres­i­dent and mem­ber of the National Honor So­ci­ety. His 1954 T-E Bull­dogs were Ches-Mont Champs in foot­ball. He re­ceived nu­mer­ous awards; among them was the Pur­ple Heart Foot­ball Award for the Out­stand­ing Player in the Ch­esMont League.

Chic was so proud to have played full­back and line­backer for the great W. Glenn Killinger at West Chester Univer­sity. He grad­u­ated with a de­gree in Health and Phys­i­cal Education in 1959. Chic served in the U.S. Army in Ger­many from 1959 to 1961. He re­ceived the Out­stand­ing Trainee Award at Fort Jack­son, SC.

Most of his teach­ing ca­reer was spent at Down­ing­town High School where he taught Health and Phys­i­cal Education and was depart­ment chair for 25 years. He coached many sports and was ad­vi­sor to sev­eral fac­ulty and stu­dent or­ga­ni­za­tions. After his first year as Head Coach of the Whip­pet foot­ball team and a suc­cess­ful 7-4 sea­son with many up­set vic­to­ries in­clud­ing a five-game win­ning streak at the end of the sea­son, Chic was cho­sen Ches-Mont Coach of the Year.

Again in 1976 after lead­ing his team to a co-cham­pi­onship for the Ch­esMont league, he was cho­sen Coach of the Year. The most re­ward­ing part of his coach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence was the won­der­ful friend­ships he forged with so many young men. They con­tinue to keep in touch with cards, calls, vis­its and din­ners. Chic was in­ducted into the T-E/Con­estoga Old­timers Hall of Fame, the WCU Killinger Foot­ball Foundation Hall of Fame, the Delaware County Chap­ter of the Penn­syl­va­nia State Hall of Fame and the Chester County Sports Hall of Fame. He was a char­ter mem­ber of the Chester County Sports Hall of Fame and a board mem­ber of the WCU Killinger Foot­ball Foundation. Very ac­tive in the T-E/Con­estoga Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (for­merly the Old­timers), he served two terms as Pres­i­dent and six years as trea­surer and Chair­man of the Board.

Chic mar­ried High School sweet­heart Peggy Fil­lippo in 1961. After a short bout with pan­cre­atic can­cer, Peggy died in 1994. Chic re­cov­ered from suc­cess­ful esophageal can­cer surgery in 2003. He mar­ried Anne McGee in 2005. He is sur­vived by his daugh­ter San­dra Bar­row, her hus­band Greg and their two chil­dren Jack and Ryan and his son Chuck and his wife Molly. He was pre­ceded in death by his daugh­ter Sharon.

There will be a view­ing Wed­nes­day evening, Novem­ber 16 from 6 to 8 at the All­eva Funeral Home in Paoli. Thurs­day morn­ing, Novem­ber 17, there will be a view­ing at St. Pa­trick’s Church, 104 Chan­ning Street, Malvern from 9:45 to 11:15. The funeral Mass will fol­low at 11:15. In­ter­ment will be at Philadel­phia Me­mo­rial Park.

In lieu of flow­ers, please make con­tri­bu­tions to the T-E/Con­estoga Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion Schol­ar­ship Fund, 244 Swedes­ford Road, Malvern, PA 19355

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