As I See It: Remembering Former WWE Referee Joey Marella

Finally, on this upcoming July 4th weekend, I'll repeat the motto I leave you with frequently: Be sure to treasure those in your own lives... for we are never promised tomorrow. My own father's passing this past February 20 echoes that fact in my own life each day.

"And now, I'm glad I didn't know...
The way it all would end...
The way it all would go...
Our lives are better left to chance...
I could have missed the pain...
But I'd of had to miss the dance..."

I once received a kind letter from Joey's sister Valerie regarding the version of this column that was published in 2002:

"I just happened to come across your article about Joey while I was at work, and I wanted to thank you. You really seemed to know alot about him, not just as a referee, because we both know he was so much more than that.

I am his younger sister, and in addition to Tony Chimel naming his son after him, I had twin boys 2 years after he died; and named one Joey after him, and named the other Gino after my father.

Thanks for making my day." an era when lives seem to mean a lot less, with deaths of Americans and others in foreign lands reported on the evening news as if scores in some obscene video game; we can remember Joey's passing in some manner similar to the way his sister did...and take time to remember those important in our own lives.

Take a minute to say a prayer for or give a thought to them, as well as all within wrestling who've left us too soon as you approach this holiday weekend; and remember to see human beings, and not just as anonymous performers when you watch RAW, Smackdown, TNA, or your local independent promotion...because some of those performers were and are remarkable human beings.

Until next time...

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