John Joseph Piacentine, 87

John Piacentine passed away peacefully on Aug. 2, 2013, with family at his bedside, in Longwood, Fla.

John touched many young lives as an art teacher and golf coach and was beloved by his family and friends. His sense of humor and compassionate spirit remained with him until his death.

He was born Feb. 18, 1926, in Milwaukee to Hilda and John Piacentine.

John honorably served with the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee before beginning teaching art in 1950, first in Mellen, then Portage and lastly Milwaukee. Mr. P taught at Lincoln, Walker and King high schools before he became head of the art department at Madison High School, where he also coached the golf team.

He was married to his beloved wife, Shirley, for 59 years, and before retiring to Florida (1987) they lived for many years at their home on Big Cedar Lake.

He is survived by family in Florida: two sons, Gary (Margie) Piacentine and Dale (Sherree) Piacentine; two grandchildren, Todd (Stephanie) Piacentine and Kelly (Patrick) Piacentine Young; and one great-grandchild, Grace Young. He is also survived by two sisters, Ruth Barr of Columbia, Mo., and Doris Spors of West Bend. John was predeceased by his wife, Shirley (2008), and one sister, June Moran.

Graveside service will be held Oct. 14, 2013, at 11 a.m., at Calvary Cemetery on Bluemound Road in Milwaukee.