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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - WFMJ.COM will provide a live video stream of Tuesday's mass for Carmine Cassese, who passed away Friday at age 57.

The mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. at St. Dominic Church, Youngstown for the Mahoning Valley business owner who had strong ties to Youngstown State University football.

Cassese, the owner of Youngstown's MVR Restaurant  had been battling pancreatic cancer.

A graduate of Cardinal Mooney, Cassese became the third generation owner of the 86-year-old restaurant.

Cassese was also the equipment manager for the YSU Penguin football team for more than two decades.

Former sportscaster and current director of the United Way, Bob Hannon says many people don't realize that Carmine would work all day at the restaurant then in the evenings at YSU or vice versa.

"He was as much a part of those four national championships as every player or coach," Hannon says. "Any video or photos you see, he's always on the sidelines with Coach Tressel. He loved YSU football and they loved him back. He was a great person who was always giving and he really cared."

Hannon says, anytime the United Way asked for assistance, Carmine was always there. He says Cassese was one of the legends of Youngstown that had a tie to YSU Football for more than two decades. 

Tuesday's mass will be preceded by a prayer service held at 9:30 a.m. at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St., Boardman.

Friends may call on Monday until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will take place at St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Coitsville.     

Obituary information can be viewed here.

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