Thursday, March 04, 2010
(WGN) March 4: Angelo Poffo passes away
----I would consider this man a Memphis legend. Our thoughts go out to the family.
ANGELO POFFO PASSES AWAY
We are very sad to report that passed away peacefully in his sleep this morning in Sarasota, Florida. He was 84.
Angelo Poffo was the father of Lanny Poffo and Randy "Macho Man" Savage.
He had been in poor health for some time and was being cared for by his sons right up until his death.
Poffo started wrestling in 1948 as The Masked Miser. During the 70's and 80's he wrestled as "The Carpet Bagger" for Emile Dupre's Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling in the Maritime Provinces of Canada. During his time in the Maritimes, his two sons, Randy and Lanny, were also major stars for Dupre's promotion. He also formed a heel tag team with Chris Markoff, called "The " and "The Graduates."
He made a few appearances in WCW in 1995 and was inducted into the .
Lanny Poffo has issued the following poem as a tribute to his father.
'twas back in 1945
On Independence Day
The Nazi's had surrendered
Japan was on it's way
My Dad was in the Navy
As history will tell
As he was bleeding through the mats
A World's record fell
He did 6000 sit-ups
With an extra 33
To glorify our Savior
Who died for you and me
And Robert Ripley's feature
Celebrated this event
Giving credence to "SUCCESS
IS NOT AN ACCIDENT!"
That's always been his motto
Through times both good and bad
He's a REAL Hall of Famer
And the World's Greatest Dad!
Posted by Brian Tramel at 10:57 AM