Patrick A. Vicarel, 82

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be services Tuesday at 8:45 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Boardman-Canfield Chapel and a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church for Patrick A. Vicarel, 82, of Paisley Avenue, who passed away suddenly Friday afternoon at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
He was born April 15, 1922 in Youngstown, the son of Dominic and Angeline DeMain Vicarel.
A 1941 East High School graduate, Mr. Vicarel was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran, having served with the 513th Fighter Squadron in the European Theater during WWII. He was a member of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.
An avid bowler, he managed bowling lanes for more than 38 years before retiring, first from Southway Lanes and Warren Bowl and later at McGuffey Lanes. He had started the area’s first high school league at Southway Lanes. He conducted the Ohio State Tournament at Southway Lanes in 1950 and hosted the Ohio State Women’s Association Tournament at McGuffey Lanes in 1970. These tournaments alone brought thousands of bowlers and dollars to the community. In 1972, he hosted the largest city tournament of its time at McGuffey Lanes, which included 404 teams, 581 doubles and 1,162 single participants. He was selected to serve on the Youngstown Men’s Bowling Association Hall of Fame selection committee, where he served two terms. From 1948 to 1970, Pat bowled in 11 different leagues with a 193 average. He bowled for more than 25 years with the YMBA with a career average of 186 and had bowled in seven national tournaments, 10 state and 25 YMBA tournaments. In 2002, he was named to the Youngstown Bowling Association Hall of Fame for his dedication to the sport.
Mr. Vicarel was known by many as the “Pepper King” for his love of growing peppers and sharing them with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Dolores, whom he married in October of 1964; a daughter, Pamela (James) Cofran of Marietta, Ga.; a son, James (Donna) Vicarel of Austell, Ga.; a stepson, Fred Reali III of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; a sister, Doris (Jerry) Luebnitz of Michigan; two brothers, Fred (Rita) Vicarel of Youngstown and Jack (Fritz) Vicarel of Struthers; and two grandchildren, Jennifer M. Driscoll and Cara Vicarel.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Dawn and Mary; and six brothers, Daniel, Ralph, Babe, Lou, Joseph and Bug.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.