John B. Sorrenti to enter hall of fame

WEIRTON – John B. Sorrenti has been accepted as a member of the Class of 2013 of the Weirton Hall of Fame in the category of public service.

Sorrenti, although not born in Weirton, proved in his lifetime that you don’t have to be born somewhere to make an impact in the community. He spent his life in Weirton serving to the betterment of those around him.

Sorrenti moved to Weirton from Morgantown in 1938 to play baseball in the Weirton Steel League and work in the Mason Gang. Weirton became his home and ultimately his passion. The 60 years he lived in Weirton were filled with community service, new ideas and helping his fellow man.

Among some of his accomplishments were establishing and serving in various positions for the Steel Works Employees Federal Credit Union in 1939; Troop 134 of the Boy Scouts of America in 1941; City of Weirton Fireman’s Civil Service Board in 1947; Weirton Community Concert Association in 1947; Weirton High School Key Club Advisor in 1948; Weirton Auto Club in 1949; charter member of the Msgr. D.P. Murphy Knights of Columbus Council 3734 in 1953; Weirtonian Lodge No. 183, I.S.D.A. in 1954; Starvaggi Industries Inc. 25-year Club in 1961; founded the Weirton Kiwanis Club Radio Auction in 1962; Greater Weirton Junior Achievement, Inc. in 1964; advisor for the Madonna High School Key Club in 1978; advisor for the Weirton Junior High Builders Club in 1984; and Weirton Kiwanianne Club in 1986.

Sorrenti also served on the original planning committees for the construction and dedication of the Salvation Army Citadel, the Hancock County Children’s Home and the Starvaggi Memorial Pool and Park.

Some of the other organization in which Sorrenti was a member include Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus; Weirton United Way Planning Committee; Dapper Dan Board of Directors; Weirton Hospital Committee; Friends of West Virginia Northern Community College; Fraternal Order of Police Associates; Loyal Order of Moose; St. Joseph Holy Name Society; Weir High and Madonna Boosters Club; National and Local AARP; and Four Seasons Senior Citizens.

Sorrenti was also presented with several awards and honors for his service which included and annual citation by the United States Treasury Department during World War II for achieving 100 percent participation by Starvaggi Co. employees in purchasing U.S. savings bonds; Good Neighbor Award for Outstanding Public Service by the Greater Weirton Area Service Council in 1952; Distinguished Civic Service Award by Weirtonian Lodge #183 I.S.D.A. in 1965; Distinguished Service Citation from the Hancock County Historical Society in 1968; Distinguished Service Award by Kiwanis International in 1972; Outstanding Public Service by the City of Weirton in 1963, 1970, 1974 and 1978; Commemorative Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign War in 1976; commissioned as an Ambassador of Good Will by the State of West Virginia in 1978; Civic Service Award from the Weirton Junior Women’s Club; appointed life member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, Weirton Board of Parks and received a Special Leadership Award from then Governor John D. Rockefeller III in 1980; Greater Weirton Area’s Citizen of the Year in 1981; Key Club District Charles McAllister Award in 1984 and Dapper Dan’s McKelvey Award for Outstanding Community Service in 1987.

The fifth-annual Weirton Hall of Fame induction ceremony is set to take place at 2 p.m. on Aug. 4 at the Knights of Columbus.

Tickets are available through July 31 for $25 each at the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce, Marsh’s Pipe and Supply, R.E. Saxon Jeweler and the Weirton Municipal Building. Approximately 250 tickets are being sold and will not be available at the door. The event is open to the public.