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It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Detachment Life Member Maurice "Kid Sharkey" Sposato on Friday, 13 May 2016 at the age of 98.
The funeral services were private, however Marine Sposato's friend Nick Delury of the Westchester Boxing Club will be holding a memorial service on Sunday, 22 May 2016 at the Westchester Boxing Club, 220 Ferris Avenue, White Plains, NY at Noon. All are welcome to attend.
Obit from Nashua Telegraph
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Maurice A. ‘KID SHARKEY’ Sposato
Maurice A. "KID SHARKEY" Sposato passed away on May 13, 2016, at Kindred Greenbriar Nursing Home in Nashua, NH. Maurice was born on May 22, 1917, in upstate NY. As a young adult, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. He was wounded in the Battle of Tarawa, losing two toes, and spent many months in a hospital convalescing, thus earning him a Purple Heart, the Presidential Citation, and a Gold Star for his war efforts. His injuries destroyed his dreams of becoming a professional boxer, but he never let it get him down. He would often tell people when life gets tough, you gotta "Keep On Punchin'."
Prior to joining the Marines, Maurice's boxing career consisted of a 59-9 record, scoring a draw to Sugar Ray Robinson. Upon returning to the states, Maurice enrolled in NYU, majoring in psychology. He later became a private detective. Maurice never gave up his love of the sport of boxing, and he found his way back into the ring as a trainer to many professional fighters. He could often be found in the corner as a cut man for many Golden Gloves boxers such as Archie Moore, Doug Dewitt, Buster Mathis, Jose Torres, Larry Holmes and Lou Savarese. Maurice encouraged many kids to get off the streets and into his gym, where they learned how to box but, more importantly, how to live an honest life through his gift of wisdom - wisdom that he bestowed upon us to his last day. .