Andrew Francis Scrivani
March 28, 1917 – June 1, 2015
Andrew Francis Scrivani, 98, of Wall, NJ, passed away on Monday, June 1, 2015 at the Veterans Hospital in Lyons, NJ. Andy was a former boxing Olympian, highly decorated WWII hero and a professional boxer. He was born in Chicago and grew up on the West Side where he joined a boxing group at the local CYO and was coached by Packy McFarland. In 1934, he qualified for the Golden Gloves Team with Joe Louis. He later went on to win the Golden Gloves title and qualified for the Olympic Team along with Jesse Owens and Louis Zamparini. He boxed in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, making it all the way to the quarter finals.
After the Olympics, Andy came home and turned pro under George Blake, one of the most famous managers of his era. Andy was rated in the top 10 lightweight fighters in the country, fighting Cecil Hudson to a draw who later defeated Jake Lamotta, aka the Raging Bull.
During the rise of his boxing career, Andy was drafted into the United States Army into World War II and once again returned to Germany. There he earned the Bronze Star for heroism after saving another soldier’s life, and the Purple Heart for being shot in the leg on the front lines, which saved his life as the war ended while he was in the hospital.
When he returned from the war, Andy settled down to raise his family in Miami, FL where he trained his son at the World Famous 5th St. Gym with many championship fighters, including Cassius Clay. He also worked the wickets at several racetracks. Andy retired early at 60 and was able to enjoy the family house at Lake June, FL. In 1993, he moved to Las Vegas to teach boxing at Johnny Taco’s Gym. He recently moved to Wall to live with his son. Andy was an all-around outstanding man, role model and father.
Andy is predeceased by his wife, Vivian (Ryan) Scrivani; his grandson, Michael Robert Scrivani; his 5 brothers, Bob, Tony, Richard, Emil and Melvin; and his sister, Mary. He is survived by his son, Robert Scrivani of Wall, NJ and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 from 4-8pm at the Neary-Quinn Funeral Home, 39 South Street, Manasquan, NJ. A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 10:30am at St. Catharine’s Church in Spring Lake. Interment will follow at Brig. General Wm. C. Doyle Veteran Memorial Cemetery in Arneytown, NJ.
Donations can be made in Andy’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis TN 38105 or online at www.stjude.org.
- Visitation Tuesday, June 9, 2015
- Funeral Mass Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Andrew Francis Scrivani
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February 4, 2016
I just saw this, I'm sorry for your loss. I knew your dad in Las Vegas in the 1990s. I was not a boxer, but he kept me enthralled with his stories and his philosophy on life and boxing. He made an indelible imprint on my life, and to this day I'm surprised how often I think of him. Thank you for sharing him with the world and with me.
September 14, 2015
Bob so sorry on the loss of your dad. He will be missed. Cousin Rick
July 29, 2015
Bob, It was good seeing yesterday at the library. I was sorry to hear about your father. Having read his obituary, I can see that he really was an accomplished individual. I hope to see you soon. Bob
June 10, 2015
After reading this obituary it would have been my honor to have known Mr. Scrivani. I wish I could have been there during his rise in the boxing world. He deffently left his mark on many a person, whether boxing, fighting for our country, or teaching boxing. My condolences to his family.
June 7, 2015
Uncle Andy you will be missed by all. Bobby my heart goes out to you in the loss of your DAD. God bless you for all you did to take care of your DAD.
Love your Niece and cousin Mary
June 7, 2015
Mr. Scrivani, what a life! God Bless Ya! May you Rest In Peace and thank you for your Service.
June 6, 2015
Sorry to hear about your dad. You often mentioned his boxing career but I wasn't aware how extensive it was. I haven't seen you around recently and didn't realize that your father had moved in with you.
Wishing you all the best from our family.