Nov. 3, 1935 – Dec. 6, 2016
NIAGARA FALLS – Frank P. Scaletta, a teacher and high school coach, died Tuesday under hospice care in his Niagara Falls home after a brief illness. He was 81.
Born in Niagara Falls, he was a 1953 graduate of Niagara Falls High School, where he won numerous awards as a football and baseball player. He attended the University of Buffalo, where he played fullback on the freshman football team, then earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana, where he played football and baseball and instituted bowling as a varsity sport.
He also studied at Brockport State College.
Mr. Scaletta, known to everyone as “Coach,” was an elementary school, junior high school and senior high school physical education teacher for 38 years.
He coached high school baseball and football at Trott Vocational High School, Niagara Falls High School and LaSalle Senior High School.
In 2002, he was inducted into the Niagara Falls Sports Hall of Fame. He was a member of the hall’s board of directors and received its Pep DeRamio Service Award in 2011.
He bowled in numerous leagues throughout his life and was a member of several championship teams. An avid golfer, he led a campaign to save the golf course in Hyde Park from being sold to a private company.
He was a member of Niagara Council 247, Knights of Columbus, and Niagara Falls Booster Club.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, the former Rosemarie Barone; a daughter, Susan Scaletta Gaffney; two brothers, Lawrence and Samuel; four grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday in Holy Family Parish at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 27th Street and Independence Avenue.