Former St. Louis star dies in a tragic car accident
By Danny Cup Choy
Tuesday, July 16 2002
The state of Hawaii mourns the loss of one of its brightest sons. John Siofele, the former St. Louis star and future Warrior football player, died on Monday when his car collided with a bus.
People around the state are not mourning the football player, because Siofele was so much more than that. He was a son, a brother, a teammate, and a friend.
"I feel so sick," UH receivers coach Ron Lee told The Honolulu Advertiser. "Why do these things happen? He's such a great kid, the nicest kid you'll ever meet."
Siofele excelled on the football field, but he was not just a football player. The 6-foot, 260-pound defensive lineman was the co-captain on the team that finished second in the state during the past season. He was a member of the track and field team at St. Louis, as well as a hard-working, gifted student. Siofele was one of nine recipients of the Lumanai Award, a prestigious scholarship given to those with Samoan ancestry. In addition to this, Siofele was a leader in the school's campus ministry department, as well as a group leader at his school's Emmaus Retreat, a program that helps students asses their relationship with God and their parents.
"He was more mature, he had a quiet leadership," Rev. Allen DeLong, St. Louis president, told The Honolulu Advertiser. "The boys looked to him as how to behave."
A life with so much potential was cut short on Monday. This is a tragedy for the Siofele family, the University of Hawaii football team, and for all those who had the pleasure of meeting John Siofele. We all must remember John Siofele as a man who brought joy into the lives of many, and he will be mourned and missed by all.