Serafine, dubbed 'Ice Man' by Hamilton, dies at 88

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Joseph Serafine, a member of the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame once dubbed "Ice Man" by Scott Hamilton, has died. He was 88.

Serafine died last Friday, according to U.S. Figure Skating.

A vice president of the organization, Serafine also was a national judge, referee and ice technician.

"Joe had a distinguished record of service and commitment to U.S. Figure Skating," said Ron Hershberger, president of the figure skating association. "He was a major contributor to the growth of figure skating in the Chicago area. Beyond those activities he was truly a gentleman, and he always placed the best interest of the skaters as his first priority."

Serafine was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1996. He served as a member of the U.S. Figure Skating Board of Directors from 1968-83; was the midwestern vice president from 1976-1980; a Hall of Fame elector from 1979-2005; and chairman of the competitions committee from 1980-1983. He was the president of the Chicago Figure Skating Club and the DuPage Figure Skating Club.

Serafine was presented the prestigious F. Ritter Shumway Award in 1992 that honored his dedication and significant contributions to the world of figure skating.

He is survived by his wife, Eileen, a U.S. Figure Skating judge; daughters Karen, a skating coach; Jan, a judge and current chairwoman of the U.S. Figure Skating Memorial Fund Committee; brother Daniel; and numerous grandchildren.