The death of Silvio Cella brings to mind the city as it was in the era when the Silvio Cellas of this world were coming of age, competing on the athletic field and attempting to make something out of themselves during a time when the city was a far different place than it is today.
Cella, Revere’s legendary coach and sports administrator for the public schools, was a true one of a kind.
He wasn’t just an athlete but a student and athlete, and he wasn’t just those things, but he was a Marine veteran of World War II – a tough, fair, talented guy, a family man who came out of this city when it sent onto the athletic fields great winning teams.
Generations of students and athletes knew Cella. They played for him. They respected his strength and knowledge. They came to view him as a maker of winners.
He will rank as one of the greatest coaches in this city’s long history.
He had many lifelong friends here.
He loved growing up here, competing here, coaching here – and to him – Revere was a great place to live, to work and to live out one’s dreams.
Our condolences go out to the family of Coach Cella.
He was a good man whom others always respected.