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George Napolitano Sr., 96, dies

02:15 AM 12 Nov 2020 NZDT
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From right to left, George Napolitano, Sr., Joe Napolitano, George Napolitano, Jr. and Anthony Napolitano.
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2012 Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame inductees (left to right) Marc Aubin - George Napolitano Sr, Kathleen Dempsey, and Mel Turcotte
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Pompano Beach, FL  George Napolitano Sr., 96, passed peacefully at his home on Saturday (Nov. 7) after enjoying a life with horses for three-quarters of a century.

At the age of 12 and 13, he, along with his father, Joseph, broke mustangs as wagon pulling horses used for the delivery of fruits and vegetables. Married at the age of 17, George soon thereafter served his country in World War II and, upon returning from active duty, resumed his love affair with the horse community, becoming a Standardbred trainer in the mid-1950s at Roosevelt Raceway.

The patriarch of one the most successful racing families in Florida became interested in owning racehorses in the late 1950s when he and wife, Carmela, bought Flying Scotchman at a Yonkers sale. He was a member of the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association and the United States Trotting Association.

He was inducted into the Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association Hall of Fame in 2012.

George is preceded in death by his loving wife of 76 years, Carmela; and his only son, Joseph. He is survived by his four daughters, 15 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Services will be at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church, 1400 S. State Road 7, North Lauderdale, FL 33068 at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday (Nov. 12).

From the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association

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