On Friday September 22, 2023 Eugene J. Marraccini (Big Eugene) of Versailles Boro passed away at age 76. Eugene was preceded in death by his parents Primo and Pearl Marraccini and granddaughter Nicoletta Ciampa. Eugene is survived by his beloved wife Sandra L Marraccini, sons Eugene and wife Tina, Damon and wife Andrea, granddaughter Melissa, and great grandson Sage Wright and his brother Eddie & Donna Marraccini.
Born in Clairton, PA, and later graduating from Clairton High School in 1965. After high school he went to technical school before being drafted for the US Army in 1966 during the Vietnam War. After leaving the army, he attended Robert Morris University and received a Bachelor’s degree in business.
After graduation, Eugene worked at Union National Bank and then Blue Cross as an auditor. In 1983, he fulfilled his dream of opening batting cages and a sporting goods store; Triple Play in North Versailles, which he operated with his wife Sandra until 2006.
While operating Triple Play, he served as the business manager at East Allegheny, Mckeesport, Brentwood, Avella, and Plum school districts.
Big Eugene was known for his work ethic. Often staying at Triple Play until 3:00 am to tie the nets and paint the fence. And when he was not working at the school district or at Triple Play he was an accountant doing personal tax returns or selling windows at Marraccini Window Co.
Friends and Family will be received on Tuesday, Sep 26, 2023 from 2 PM - 4 PM and 6 PM - 8 PM at Daniel F. Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory in 4504 Walnut Street, Versailles Boro, PA 15132. Blessing & Funeral procession will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday, September 27th at the funeral home followed by military honors & service at St Joseph’s Mausoleum in North Versailles. Arrangements made by the Daniel F. Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory (412) 678-3454 www.bekavacfuneralhome.com
Originally published September 24, 2023.