The soccer family is mourning the passing of Richard Filippetti of Shrewsbury at the age of 59 after a bout with cancer. Rich is best known as referee assignor for MAPLE and State Cup.
Rich totally believed in what he was doing for referees, and for the game. He always held his head high and did what he felt was right. He raised three beautiful children and all of them took up refereeing. And they were good too!
His acceptance speech of this year's Flannery Award is frozen in the minds of everyone in attendance. His body was weakened by then, and many did not recognize him when his wife Terri wheeled him into the banquet hall. When it was time to receive his award, Rich pushed himself out of the chair to stand and address the audience. And what was his message?? That he was still around and expected referees to call him when in need of help or tutelage. Could it possibly get any better than that?!
Rich Filippetti has made an impact about things that go way beyond the game. We are forever happy to have known him, and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Condolences may be sent to the Filippetti Family, 21 Winslow Street in Shrewsbury, MA 01545.
Visitation will be held at the Britton-Shrewsbury Funeral Home located at 648 Main Street in Shrewsbury, from 5-8pm on Wednesday, December 29th, with a funeral service the following morning at 10am. Details and directions to the Funeral Home can be found here. Referees planning on attending either service are encouraged to wear USSF formal attire.