The Joe Hand Boxing Gym is deeply saddened to pass on the news that Pete Papaleo, co-founder and manager of the gym and better known as “Petey Pop,” passed away Thursday, March 14. Pete, 68, was a wonderful friend to the Hand family for over 40 years and was their goodwill ambassador at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym.< “Pete was just a great guy, a great friend and well-known throughout the boxing community,” said Joe Hand Sr.
“Pete was the first to greet you at the gym with a handshake and smile and made sure everything ran to perfection. Whenever we had a request at the gym, we would say, ‘Go see Petey Pop,’ and he always took care of everybody.
“When we first moved into the (Northern Liberties) area, the neighborhood didn’t want us. After we received the OK, a few months later Petey Pop became the neighbors’ best friend. Continue reading