David F. Stecchi, 76, of Dracut, retired teacher and coach at Dracut High School for over 35 years, passed away on January 7, 2012. He was the Dracut High head football coach from 1992-1997, the spring track head coach from 1964-1998 and a former football and track official. He graduate from the College of Holy Cross in 1959, and earned a master's degree in education from Salem State. A former Lieut. in the U.S. Marine Corp, he was inducted into both the Holy Cross and Lowell High School Athletic Halls of Fame.
Stecchi was inducted into the Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 2008. He was a three-year starter for the Crusader football team on both sides of the ball, playing tight end and defensive end. He led Holy Cross to an overall record of 16-9-2 from 1956-1958, including two victories over both Boston College and Syracuse. During his senior season, Stecchi led the team with 19 receptions for 331 yards and two touchdowns. He was named first team All-East and second team All-New England as a senior, after being selected first team All-New England as a junior. In addition, Stecchi received Catholic All-America honors from Extension Magazine following his sophomore season. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, he totaled 41 receptions for 687 yards and four touchdowns. Stecchi was also a member of the Crusader track and field team, competing in the high hurdles.
Husband of Dr. Janice M. (Horman) Stecchi. Father of David F. Stecchi, Jr. of Dracut, MA, William J. Stecchi of Hampton, NH, Joseph D. Stecchi of Portland, ME, and the late ThomasJ. Stecchi; a grandfather of Jack T. Stecchi of Hampton, NH; Haley and Drew Etskovitz of Ashland, MA; brother of Helen S. Carver of Dracut, MA; a niece, a nephew, several grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews and many cousins.
Friends may call at the O'Donnell Funeral Home, 276 Pawtucket St. in Lowell from 3 to 8 P.M. Tuesday. His Funeral Mass will be held at the Immaculate Conception Church in Lowell at 1 o'clock. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. Those wishing may make contributions inhis memory to the College of the Holy Cross Athletic Department, 1 College St., Worcester, MA 01610. E-condolences/ directionsat www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by O'Donnell Funeral Home - Lowell - (978 or 866) 458-8768.