John Costantine

Date of Death: 
March 5th, 2020

John S. Costantine passed away on March 5, 2020at the age of 96. Beloved husband of the late Alfreda (nee Tumasz). Loving father of Karen (Mark) Pinero and Michael (Ruth nee O'Donnell) Constantine. Sadly missed by 6 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Born in Fairmount, John attended St. Francis of Assisi School and Central H.S. He then went on to serve in the US Navy during WWII, from Dec. 26, 1942-March 2, 1946. Stationed out of Little Creek, VA, he served on the USS Roselle AM-379. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Education. John played baseball during his time in the Navy. While attending Temple University, he enjoyed playing baseball and football. From 1957-1982, John was a P.E teacher, football coach, baseball coach, and swim coach at Lincoln H.S. He served as an umpire and official for many collegiate games. He officiated the first Liberty Bowl Game and was a linesman at the Army VS Navy Game. After retirement, he enjoyed traveling and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He always stayed involved with the football Thanksgiving Game at Lincoln H.S. Relatives and friends invited to viewing Thursday eve 6 PM - 8 PM Galzerano Funeral Home 9304 Old Bustleton Ave. Phila. Pa. 19115 and Friday Morn Maternity BVM Church 9 AM Funeral Mass 10 AM. Interment Our Lady of Grace Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in John's memory may be made to the VFW Post 810, 9151 Old Newtown Rd. Phila. Pa. 19115 logo

Memories and Condolences

My first gym class at Lincoln in 1958 was with Mr. C. He was standing in front of the class underneath the overhead rings. He did not say a word and jumped up and grabbed the rings holding on with just the INDEX finger of each hand. He then did 10 chin ups and jumped down. He then said to the class-does anyone want to "mess" with me? No one said a word! At my 50th reunion in 2013 he was an honored guest at age 90. I told the same story and said to him from the podium-I bet you could do 5 chin ups right now and he said no-I could do 10!!! Rest in peace Mr. C.

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