Legendary Kennedy Catholic Baseball Coach Joe Faccone has passed away


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This week, Kennedy Catholic High School lost a legend when longtime head baseball coach Joe Faccone passed away.

Joe taught and coached baseball at the school for 37 years, and was beloved by many.

“Joe will forever be remembered for his grace, endearing personality and steadfast dedication to the Lancer family,” the school said in a statement.”It’s impossible to measure the loss we feel but we will forever be grateful for having known him.”

Mr. Faccone was the head baseball coach for the Kennedy Catholic Lancers from 1970-2007. He won 501 games, 7 league championships, 2 state championships, and 4 Coach of the Year awards.

In 1974, Mr. Faccone and his father, Dominic Faccone, led the project to design and construct the school’s baseball field. Along with many volunteers, they dedicated countless hours to build the field which has served as the Lancers home field since.

Joe coached and taught hundreds of students including young men such as Floyd Bannister, who went on to play professional baseball. He has touched the lives of thousands over the last four decades.

In 2014, the school’s baseball field was named in his honor – read about that here.

Here’s a prayer the school offered in Joe’s memory:

Into your hands, O Lord,
we humbly entrust our brother Joe.
In this life you embraced him with your tender love;
deliver him now from every evil
and bid him enter eternal rest.

The old order has passed away:
welcome him then into paradise,
where there will be no sorrow, no weeping nor pain,
but the fullness of peace and joy
with your Son and the Holy Spirit
forever and ever.
Amen.

The school will post information about services as soon as the information is available.

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