Hank Cisco, professional boxer, police officer, and Norristown’s beloved “official ambassador to the world,” died on Tuesday morning aged 97, writes Justin Heinze for the Patch.
“He was a great man who grew and developed as a man throughout his life and contributed to the community with consistent passion and care,” reads a statement on Cisco’s official Facebook page.
Cisco was born Frank Ciaccio in 1923. He changed his name as a young boxer to be able to better market himself in fights.
During his years in boxing as a competitor and referee, he trained alongside the notorious Rocky Marciano, refereed an early Joe Frazier fight, and once kicked Muhammad Ali out of the ring.
As a referee, he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame in 1983 and Montgomery County’s chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame four years ago.
After boxing, he had a long and respected career as a Norristown police officer and then as a decades -long producer of the Hank Cisco Show on NASDtv.
During this time, he was also named Norristown’s official ambassador to the world at a municipal council meeting, a role he held until January 2019.
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