Patrick Michael Nicolosi
April 08, 1948 ‒ September 03, 2021
Patrick Michael Nicolosi, age 73 of Marion, Ohio, died at 2:15 PM, Friday, September 3, 2021, in Marion General Hospital following complications of an illness.
He was born April 8, 1948, in Marion to the late Anthony J. and Betsy May (Watson) Nicolosi. He graduated from Marion Catholic High School in 1966, where he excelled as an athlete. Pat was the kicker on the football team as well as an offensive lineman. He was a member of Ohio’s Class A State Football Champions team during back-to-back championships in 1965 and 1966 under legendary coach, Max Ross. He was also on the track team and held the Ohio High School pole vault record of thirteen feet in 1964, which stood unchallenged for years. Pat was also a member of Boy Scout Troop 50, under the leadership of Scoutmaster Walter Kraft.
He attended Midwestern University in Dennison, Iowa, before returning to Marion. Pat loved being with other people. He helped create a coffee house at King’s Mansion so young adults could gather. He was an excellent dancer and also excelled at roller-skating, executing many a flip and spin at the Hy-Way Rollerena. He was a great grill master, serving up great chicken and burgers for many a family gathering.
Pat’s career was multifaceted. As a youth he would sell the Sunday Columbus Dispatch and Cleveland Plain Dealer outside St. Mary Church. He worked for local factories on summer breaks to earn money for clothes and cars. He embarked on a financial career working at Fahey and Society Banks, and other institutions. He had a gift for home remodeling and repairs and maintained his own renovation business for many years.
As an adult, Pat’s love of sports never waned. He loved the Buckeyes and served as a Redcoat for The Ohio State University football games. As a referee for the Ohio High School Athletic Association, Pat was the arbiter of high school football, basketball, softball and baseball, and junior high volleyball, softball and baseball games.
Pat was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Michael Anthony.
He is survived by two sons: Jason (Joanne) of Maumee, OH, and Matthew (Kylie) and three granddaughters, Saige, Whitley and Maisy of Delaware, OH; five siblings: James F. (Carol) of Knoxville, TN, Anne Marie Reames of Delaware, OH, Jan Nicolosi-Fischer (Dr. Rick Fischer) of Worthington, OH, Angela Nicolosi (Rev. Rick Kesler) of Mt. Prospect, IL, and Robert Nicolosi of Delaware, OH; nephews James Jr., Jonathan, Marcus, Christopher (all Nicolosi) and Aaron Reames. The family offers a special thank you to Bill Keuchler, Pat’s buddy, who always looked out for Pat’s best interest and well-being. Thank you to the friends of Bill W. for your love and support of Pat. You meant so very much to him.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, September 10, 2021 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 251 North Main St., Marion at 10:30AM with Fr. Kyle Tennant officiating – live streaming of the service may be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/GunderHallSFH/; burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the following in Pat’s memory: Marion Area Counseling Center, 320 Executive Drive, Marion, OH 43302 or Ohio High School Athletic Association, 4080 Roselea Place, Columbus, OH 43214
The Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel is honored to serve the Nicolosi family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com