CLASS OF 2014
GENE COMELLA ‘65
Gene Comella was a 1965 Lyons High School graduate. During his high school career he earned eight varsity letters. He was a 3 year varsity football starter and he received the Benny Jelamono Football Award as a Sophomore. The team was 12-3-1 during his junior and senior years and Gene won the American Legion Football Award his senior year. He was co-captain in football and baseball his senior year and was named All-Wayne Finger Lakes Football. Gene was Co-Athlete of the Year in 1965 with Peter Patanzo.
After graduating from Lyons, Gene attended Bordentown Military Institute (BMI) in New Jersey which was a very prestigious prep school. He was starting fullback on an 8-0 team which won the Eastern Prep Championship in 1965. He was selected to the All-Prep Team.
After graduating from BMI in 1966, he chose to attend Boston College over Syracuse. He was awarded a NCAA Scholarship to Boston College. He was the starting fullback on the 8-2 BC team in 1970. He was awarded the game ball for rushing 125 yards in a win over the University of Pittsburgh.
Gene went on to be a very successful businessman. He was twice awarded District Manager of the Year for Chrysler Corporation in 1972 and 1973. In 1987, he was named Most Improved Sales Perfomer for Winthrop Financial. In 1988, Gene had the idea that Boston and the suburbs needed a family oriented food retailer where anyone could buy homemade Italian foods at a very affordable price. It has been very successful and today Gene and his sons run Comella’s Restaurant Group which has 12 locations in the Boston area.
Gene considers his four children his biggest accomplishment in life. Daughter Erin was a Division I soccer player at the University of Massachusetts and has run 12 marathons. Greg was the starting fullback for the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV. He was the first NFL player to graduate from Harvard Business School. Matt was starting fullback at Northeastern and was drafted by the New York Jets. JP was starting fullback for Boston College and drafted by the Arizona Cardinals. Gene says the best gift of all is his 13 wonderful grandchildren!!