6.23.13 Walsh Mourns the loss of Nick Pallotta
Men's Basketball, 2013-06-23
Walsh University is mourning the loss of their first basketball All-American with passing of Nick Pallotta on June 19 from complications of Alzheimer's.
Pallotta transferred from Loyola University in 1964, and was instant offense for the Cavs in his two years. He averaged 34.3 ppg as a junior and 25.7 as a senior and was named a Little All-American. The sharp-shooting Pallotta was the first Walsh player to score 1.000 points and finished his career with 1,279 points (17th all-time).
His transfer to Walsh gave the program, which was in its infancy, instant credibility. He would finish his career with a scoring average of 29.7 ppg, still tops in Walsh history. He is also first in career free throws (391) and career free throw attempts (514).
After graduating from Walsh, Pallotta served as the Athletic Director at the Canton Jewish Center for 45 years.
Nick was part of the first class to be elected to the Walsh Wall of Fame in 1983 and was named as one of the Top 50 Players of All-Time two years ago. He was also selected to the1960's All-Decade Team.
Pallotta is survived by his wife of 47 years, Drennia (Concatto); daughter and son-in-law, Nicki and Eric Smith; son and daughter-in-law, Todd and Allison; grandchildren, Kailey and Kiefer Smith, Alexandria, Jacob, Jaret and Lauren Pallotta; sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ann and Mark Carosello; nephews, Mark
(Rachel), Tony (Michele) Carosello, Joey Pallotta; stepmother, Pauline Pallotta and her children, Terry (Ted) Welsch, Paula Balcarcel and Rob McLaughlin; sister-in-law, Pauline (Steve) Ginella; brother-in-law, Joe (Linda) Concatto; nieces, nephew and cousins.
Friends may call on Sunday, June 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Rossi Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, June 24 at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony/All Saints Parish with Rev. Fr. Tom Bishop, celebrant. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Crossroads Hospice, 3743 Boettler Oaks Dr., Suite E, Uniontown, OH 44685.