SALEM - John R. Borrelli, 69, of Salem, passed away after a long illness on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Circle of Care in Salem.
John was born in Salem on Feb. 7, 1944, the son of the late Tony and Dorothy (Rogers) Borrelli.
He was a 1962 graduate of Salem High School where he excelled in basketball. He attended Bowling Green University on a basketball scholarship and returned to Salem to teach and coach basketball as an assistant coach under the late John Cabas. He later opened the Salem Sport Shop, which he operated for over 40 years. John was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Salem. He enjoyed golfing, and loved anything to do with sports, especially basketball. For many years John attended local high school basketball games, the regional basketball tournaments, and the high school basketball state finals in Columbus.
Survivors include his son, Samuel Joseph Borrelli of Salem; a daughter, Ann Elizabeth Borrelli of Las Vegas, Nev.; and his former wife, Linda Borrelli of Salem. He is also survived by a brother, David (Lorna Rae) Borrelli of Salem; two sisters, Toniann (Pete) Ramos of Foster City, Calif., and Connie Borrelli of Salem; one niece and three nephews.
A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Salem with Father Stephen Wassie officiating.
Friends and family may sign the guest register online at www.brownfhonline.com.
Arrangements are by Brown Funeral Home, Salem, Ohio (330) 337-6363.