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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2005 > Little League Mourns the Passing of Two Longtime Volunteers

Little League Mourns the Passing of Two Longtime Volunteers

Joe Graziano, New Jersey State Little League Director
Joseph J. Graziano, New Jersey Little League Director, passed away on Dec. 3. He was 85.

A native of North Bergen, N.J., Mr. Graziano became a Little League volunteer in 1950, and was appointed as New Jersey Little League Director when the position was created in 1959. He served as a district administrator from 1956 to 1959.

The Englewood Cliffs, N.J., resident attended the first Little League Baseball Congress in 1956, and served on the Little League International Advisory Council from 1968 to 1988. He also volunteered time to various local Little League tournaments, receiving meritorious awards from Ocean Township (N.J.) Little League and North Bergen Little League, while also being a recipient of the Little League Congressional Service Award.

Mr.Graziano was preceded earlier this year in death by his wife, Josephine, and is survived by his son, Paul, who has volunteered at the Little League Baseball World Series, in Williamsport, Pa., for many years, serving as a press box announcer.

Alex Yawornisky, Former California District Administrator
Alex Yawornisky, former California District 57 Administrator, passed away on July 2. He was 73.

A native of Linden, N.J., Mr. Yawornisky served as a district administrator (DA) for 15 years. Before becoming a DA, the Livermore, Calif., resident was an assistant district administrator, served on the Little League Western Regional Tournament Committee in San Bernardino, Calif., and volunteered time to Little League tournaments played at the Little League European Leadership Training Center in Kutno, Poland.

Mr. Yawornisky is survived by his wife Helen, and two sons.