The North Rockland community will remember longtime football and golf coach and former high school athletic director Ralph Cordisco with a funeral Mass at St. Peter’s Church in Haverstraw on Jan. 30 at 10 a.m. A reception will follow the service at Philip J. Rotella Memorial Golf Course in Thiells.
The Mass, originally slated for this Saturday, was rescheduled due to the impending snowstorm this weekend.
Cordisco, who died last Sunday at the age of 97, was laid to rest on Jan. 16 at Swan Point Cemetery in Rhode Island, where his wife Rosie is also buried.
When news of Cordisco’s passing broke, hundreds in the community offered their condolences and shared memories of the Rockland County Sports Hall of Famer on social media.
“A sad day for for our NR family as well as the entire county. A great coach and an even better man,” wrote Bill Ashford, one of Cordisco’s former pupils. “I can remember him taking money out of his own pocket and buying groceries for some players and their families that needed help.”When news of Cordisco’s passing broke, hundreds in the community offered their condolences and shared memories of the Rockland County Sports Hall of Famer on social media.
“I didn’t have the honor of playing for the man, but he was around often enough for us to see firsthand what a class act he was,” Scott Mabry wrote. “A legend in the community — a man who had an positive impact on generations of NRHS football players.”
Cordisco coached the Haverstraw High School and North Rockland High School football programs from 1956 through 1979 and was a World War II veteran.