Why we will all miss Chargers’ Hall-of-Famer George Pernicano


11-20-2005 Chargers vs. Buffalo Bills -- Minority owner George Pernicano, flanked by early 60s Chargers (only one I can ID is John Hadl, far right). Jim Baird / Union-Tribune User Upload Caption: George Pernicano
11-20-2005 Chargers vs. Buffalo Bills -- Minority owner George Pernicano, flanked by early 60s Chargers (only one I can ID is John Hadl, far right). Jim Baird / Union-Tribune User Upload Caption: George Pernicano
11-20-2005 Chargers vs. Buffalo Bills — Minority owner George Pernicano, flanked by early 60s Chargers (including John Hadl, far right). Jim Baird / Union-Tribune

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The San Diego Chargers suffered another setback this week when minority owner and member of the Chargers’ Hall of Fame, George Pernicano, passed away at 98.

Pernicano was an institution in San Diego, a one-of-a-kind individual who was cordial, cantankerous, kind, lively and the best of good friends. More than anything, he loved a good party and a good cigar, and he routinely joined … and entertained … San Diego staff, media and friends whenever and wherever he could — be it road trips, draft parties or home games.

George was always there.

In short, George Pernicano loved people, and columnist Nick Canepa of the San Diego Union-Tribune – a former Hall-of-Fame voter – captured what we loved and will miss most in Pernicano in Fridays U-T … and we have it here: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/chargers/sd-sp-canepa-20161006-story.html

It’s more than a terrific column. It’s the perfect tribute to an unforgettable figure.

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