A tribute to Dr. Charles “Gino” Signorino
Saturday, September 1st, we were told our friend and one of our best Ring Doctors had suddenly died. Many who love boxing have little contact with the people who protect the ethics, safety, and integrity of the sport. Gino was one of those special souls.
Dr. Charles “Gino” Signorino utilized his medical expertise first as a General Surgeon with the Air Force for over 20 years, and subsequently as a Medical Administrator insuring adequate distribution of healthcare to those in need. I could talk about his countless accomplishments including those as a wonderful husband, father, humanitarian, and friend, but that is not the intent of this article.
Those who understand the inner workings of amateur and professional boxing understand fighters’ lives are at stake every moment they enter the ring. Few recognize what it takes to be a good Ring Doctor. I have had the privilege to travel to many states, meet many wonderful Ring Officials including Ring Doctors, but few of us could ever measure up to Gino.
Each of us involved in either amateur or professional boxing in Nevada and California benefited from working alongside such a skilled, intuitive physician. But Gino had so many more gifts than that when it came to being a Ring Official. He had a true unending compassion, as well as a great adoration for each and every fighter with whom he came in contact. You knew when you worked a fight with Gino that the fighters would be protected to the highest possible level. You also knew you had someone who respected his position, and appreciated every ringside task no matter how trivial. In fact, he would invent ways of improving safety at every turn, and stayed behind until each fighter safely left the premises.
I have a great deal of sadness for Gino’s family, especially his wonderful wife Sherry who came to every fight she could and loved the boxers as much as Gino. However, I can’t help but be selfish over this tragic loss for the sport, the State of Nevada, as well as every fighter who stepped into a ring who would have continued to benefit from his presence. On the other hand, for over nine years I was fortunate to learn from such a great man and moreover, I was able to call him my friend. If anything is to be gained from this point on, other than once again witnessing the fragile nature of our own existence, it is that each of us in the sport has to work harder to emulate the unrelenting good nature, loyalty, and skill of one Dr. Charles “Gino” Signorino.
Margaret Goodman, MD
Memorial Services to be held Saturday, September 7th, 10:00 AM at New Life Christian Fellowship, 26041 Cape Dr., Laguna Nigel, California 92677.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the United States Institute of Amateur Athletics (USIAA), 3040 Fairmont Ave., San Diego, California 92015. Please specify “Boxers for Christ.”