"We mourn the loss of Angelo Correale, a great player and a longtime coach for us at Springfield College," said head coach Mike DeLong. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Coach Correale was loved by all of us in the football family."
A veteran of the United States Army WWII, Mr. Correale was born April 27, 1927 to the late Angelo and Jennie (Bialecki) Correale. An Amherst High School graduate, he attended Boston University and obtained his BA and M.Ed from Springfield College where he was affectionately known as “The Sunderland Ghost” when playing football and is regarded as one of the top running backs in the College’s storied football history.
“Angie” was a standout outfielder on the baseball team, hitting .480 in 1949, a record that still stands and was subsequently inducted in the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002. He was a past president of the Springfield College Alumni Council, recipient of the school’s prestigious Edward Norris Tarbell Medallion for his service to his alma mater. Mr. Correale was a teacher, football coach and athletic director at East Longmeadow High School, an assistant principal at Birchland Park Middle School, principal at Center School, Pleasantview School, Mountain View School and Meadow Brook School in East Longmeadow.
He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Elizabeth (Stadler) Correale; devoted sons David Correale and his wife Deborah of West Chester, PA and James Correale and his wife Helen of West Wareham, MA; five beloved grandchildren: Jennifer, Stephanie, David, Rachel and Kevin as well as many other family members. Mr. Correale is predeceased by his daughter Nancy and brother Herman Correale.
Mr. Correale’s funeral will be held Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 12:45 PM at New England Funeral & Cremation Center, LLC 25 Mill Street, Springfield, MA. Burial with military honors to follow at Hillcrest Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11:30 AM until the time of service.
For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, 110 Cherry Street, Holyoke, MA 01040. Please visit www.nefcc.net