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Vigil, Memorial Services Set For Legendary Eastchester Coach Dom Cecere

Dominic Anthony Cecere, 75, of Eastchester.
Dominic Anthony Cecere, 75, of Eastchester. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. --Memorial services and a candlelight vigil have been planned for Dom Cecere, the legendary varsity baseball coach at Eastchester High School who won the most games in state history.

Cecere died Saturday at age 75 of pancreatic cancer.

The Cecere Family will receive friends at the Westchester Funeral Home, Inc., at 190 Main St. in Eastchester on Monday, April 3 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m and Tuesday, April 4 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

A candlelight vigil in honor of Cecere will be held on the high school's baseball field at 9 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Immaculate Conception Church in Tuckahoe on Wednesday, April 5 at 9:15 a.m. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven.

In lieu of flowers, friends who wish may contribute to Dom Cecere Play for 10 Foundation, c/o John Doherty, 180 Lakeview Ave., Scarsdale, NY 10583 or EVAC, 237 Main St, Eastchester, NY 10709.

To sign an online guestbook, visit www.westchesterfuneralhome.com .

Cecere was the husband of Lyn Cecere, father of Thomas (Melanie), Dominic (Christine), and Michael (Laurie) Cecere, grandfather of Katelyn, Jack and Dylan Cecere, brother of Thomas (Cheryl) Cecere, uncle of Dr. Thomas (Julie) Cecere, Will (Katie) Cecere, and Leann (Kyle) Johnston and their families.

He graduated from Pelham Memorial High School and New York University where he met his wife and best friend Lyn. He retired as athletic director of Eastchester High School but continued coaching his beloved sport of baseball into his 53rd season.

Cecere was named by the National Federation of State High School Associations Coaches as one of its coaches of the year in 2016.

Long renowned among his peers throughout the state, Cecere coached at Eastchester for more than half a century.

Since taking over in 1964, Cecere racked up more than 700 victories to go along with 15 league title crowns. He was inducted into the New York State Hall of Fame in 2014 and also named to the Westchester Sports Hall of Fame.

Under his guidance, dozens of students advanced to college on scholarships.

Cecere, who stressed good sportsmanship, integrity and honesty, took great pride in seeing his young players develop, grow and succeed while encouraging them to grow as people both on and off the field.

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