World War II vet, Boston College national champ Threadgold passes at 92

Jeff Giuliano joins Giles Threadgold as Boston College celebrated the Frozen Four title on April 12, 2010 (photo: Melissa Wade).

Giles Threadgold, a World War II veteran and former Boston College player, passed away on Dec. 18 in Georgia.

He was 92.

Threadgold, a native of Auburndale, Mass., fought at the Battle of The Bulge and came home with a couple of Purple Hearts.

After playing on the Boston College national championship team during the 1948-49 season, he graduated from BC and picked up an MA in social work from Boston University while working as a counselor at the Dennison House. He later distinguished himself as a collegiate hockey, football and baseball official, working the plate at the College Baseball World Series in Omaha, the line of scrimmage at the Army-Navy football classic.

“He truly enjoyed the many people he met through the years while on occasion suffering the slings and arrows of fan abuse at more local, regional and national high school and college hockey games than even he could recount,” read his obituary.

Threadgold later coached at Charlestown High School in the 1960s, where his teams were a perennial City League presence in the state high school hockey tournament.

He leaves behind his wife of 30 years, Sheila Threadgold, her three daughters, family and grandchildren. His previous marriage to Mary Dougherty produced five children of his own – Mary Anne Threadgold, Kevin, Kathy and Rick Hulme, Kim Threadgold and Billy Threadgold. His grandchildren are Sawyer and Madison Hulme.

All are invited to attend a burial service at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at the Massachusetts National Cemetery.

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