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“A fine person and geat colleague at Puma, Just learned of his pasing and am saddened, God Bless to a good friend! Toby Smith ”
1 of 24 | Posted by: Christopher Smith - Ponte Vedra, FL

“I am 75 now and was in high school when York played at UNC from which I later graduated. I attended the game in which he made 21 straight free throws...Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: Sam Smith - Elizabeth City, NC

“I came across the news about York just recently. He was my boss in the 80's at PUMA in Framingham. He was a wonderful man and I have some great...Read More »
3 of 24 | Posted by: Jeanene Vounatsos (Stevenson) - MA

“York and I were "hall mates" in Winston Dorm at UNC during 1959. We had fun times together including the time my co-rec partner defeated York and his...Read More »
4 of 24 | Posted by: John Corbett - Greensboro, NC

“I was a 12 year old fan of York and UNC in 1960. He was by far may favorite player. I extend my sympathy to the entire Larese family at this time. ...Read More »
5 of 24 | Posted by: Danny Daniels - Goldsboro, NC

6 of 24 | Posted by: Danny Daniels - Goldsboro, NC

“He lit up every room he entered. At Converse he made me feel welcome. He was blessed with incredible basketball skill, but his greatest asset was...Read More »
7 of 24 | Posted by: A friend

“My condolences to the family. Just heard of York's passing today. So sorry Kim and Karen and family. ”
8 of 24 | Posted by: jennifer roselle - huntington, NY

“I was a freshman basketball player at UNC when York was a senior superstar. He took me aside at a practice and told me how to shoot a basketball. I...Read More »
9 of 24 | Posted by: charlie burns - Isle of palms, SC

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. So sorry to hear of your loss. York was truly one of the great players at UNC. ”
10 of 24 | Posted by: Doug Moe - San Antonio, TX

“York Larese: You were a mentor and a friend to me, and I'll never forget your kind words and helpful hints on shooting form, and consistency.....I...Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: Bill Chamberlain - Raleigh, NC

“The best grandfather anyone could ask for.He tought me a lot about life like you shouldn't hold on to o things if their gone. So now I let him go but...Read More »
12 of 24 | Posted by: Gabrielle Larese - Mount Laurel, NJ

“I worked with Yorkie for many years at Carolina Basketball School in Chapel Hill. What a great guy....I looked forward to him coming to town every...Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: Archie Shaw - Wilmington, NC

“Growing up in North Carolina, York Larese was my basketball hero. I was there as an 8 year old boy when York made 21 straight free throws against...Read More »
14 of 24 | Posted by: Jim Holmes - Winston-Salem, NC

“Rest in Peace.Will always be remembered as one of the best.From an old friend, who remembers your kindness and friendship at UNC.Bill Galantai ”
15 of 24 | Posted by: A friend

“Rest in Peace.Remember the old days.One of the best for all times.From an old friend.Bill Galantai ”
16 of 24 | Posted by: A friend

“While watching York play on the black and white tv in the late 50's and early 60's, I never imagined that we would become friends at the UNC...Read More »
17 of 24 | Posted by: Larry Sipe - kings Mountain, NC

18 of 24 | Posted by: Keith

19 of 24 | Posted by: Keith

“Safe journey home to a gentle man. My condolences to all of you. He will surely be missed. I never could thank York enough for the sharing of all...Read More »
20 of 24 | Posted by: Julia Steele - Amityville, NY

“York, we will miss your energy and strong spirit. You were a fighter. You absolutely lived an amazing life. From your basketball career to your...Read More »
21 of 24 | Posted by: Vivian Figueroa - Pawtucket, RI

“I am so sorry, Barbara. I know you loved him dearly. I hope you can bear this loss with the strength and dignity that I have seen you display...Read More »
22 of 24 | Posted by: joan kellerman - sharon, MA

“Dear Barbara,I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
23 of 24 | Posted by: Linda Going - North Chelmsford, MA

UNC Hoops circa 1960
24 of 24 | Posted by: H Donohue

York B. Larese of Medford, MA, passed away on February 6, 2016 at age 77.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Trockman, sons Keith and York Larese, and daughters Kimberly and Karen; stepsons Blaine, Jeffrey and Scott (late) Trockman, grandchildren: Rajeshwari, Samudra, Gabrielle, Anabel, Luca, Anthony and step-grandchildren Emmitt and Gabrielle.

Raised in New York City's Greenwich Village, York was a first generation Italian-American.  His parents, Valentina (Frigo) and Osvaldo Larese, came from Auronzo di Cadore, a small village in the Italian Alps.  As a child, the West 4th Street Courts were his playground, and his natural, undeniable talent for basketball propelled him from the marble, checkered floors of church basement gymnasiums to basketball's famous Tobacco Road.
As a 6'4" standout guard at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he was a three-time All-ACC selection from 1959-61 and a second-team All-America as a senior.  Nicknamed "the Cobra," for his singular style of shooting free throws, he shot the ball, with no pause, as soon as the official handed it to him. He was timed taking anywhere from 0.8 to 1.1 seconds to let it fly.

One of the best pure shooters in the school's history, he made all 21 of his free throw attempts in a victory over Duke on December 29, 1959, setting a single-game record that still stands today.  He shot 86.8 percent from the free throw line in 1959-60 which was the single-season UNC record for 25 years.

Though eligible to be drafted after his junior season, he remained at UNC to finish his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.  At that time, he also married his childhood friend, Vivian Chirico.  Vivian had a Master's Degree in Education and taught third grade at a Durham school, as York finished out his senior year.

York was drafted by the NBA in the second round (20th overall) and played with the Chicago Packers and the Philadelphia Warriors in the 1961-62 season.  On March 2, 1962, in Hershey, PA, he played a role in the historic Wilt Chamberlain 100-point game, passing to Wilt for the assist on his 98 point.

From there, he played several years in the Eastern League.  Also during this time, keenly aware of his own humble beginnings, York would often head up to Dobbs Ferry, NY, just outside New York City and hold free basketball clinics at The Children's Village, an organization that supports children and families in the metropolitan New York City area.  He delighted in teaching the art of shooting a basketball ("Watch your follow through!") and seeing basketball played for passion of the sport and nothing else.
His playing and teaching led him next to coaching, and in the 1969-1970 season of American Basketball Association, he served as a head coach of the New York Nets.  It was a milestone season for the franchise, as York led the team to their very first full playoff series.  Attendance to the games soared and broke records and despite the defeat, the Nets, as a team, had "turned a corner" that season with a new enthusiasm, excitement and respect.

He coached the Nets for one season and by then was the father of Keith, Kim, Karen and York.  He desired a steadier career and more time with his family on Long Island, and for the next 20 years, worked in sports promotions.  He began with Converse, in New York, overseeing Sales and Promotions.

Years later, York moved to Boston to work with Puma as the Manager of National Promotions.

During that time, he met his future wife, Barbara Trockman. They moved to Winchester, MA, where Barbara began her medical practice and York worked as a scout for the Indiana Pacers.

Throughout all these years, York always set aside two weeks in the summer to go back to Chapel Hill and teach at the UNC Basketball Camp, sharing his knowledge and love of free throw shooting. He did that for over 45 years and the precision of his foul shot never diminished.

His #22 honored jersey hangs in the rafters of the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill.

Whether he was giving a clinic at the Michael Jordan Fantasy Camp in Las Vegas, or playing a pick-up game with the neighborhood kids, he did so with patience, enthusiasm and joy.

His extraordinary passion for basketball was only rivaled by his devoted love for his family. Indeed, he will be especially missed at holidays and celebrations where his unfaltering pride and delight, his reassuring presence and kind spirit were always shared so generously and effortlessly.

York left an indelible mark on the hearts of all who have had the privilege of crossing his path, both on and off the court.

A Funeral Service Celebrating York's Eternal Life will be held at the Barile Family Funeral Home, 482 Main St. (RT 28) STONEHAM Saturday, February 13th, 2016 at 5:00pm. Family and friends are cordially invited to gather and share memories with the Family prior to the service from 2-5pm in the Funeral Home. Parking attendants and elevator are available.