Remembering "Jingles" Rubino

By Perry Russom

February 23, 2014 Updated Feb 24, 2014 at 4:56 AM EST

Port Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Whether you're a local professional or amateur sports fan, you've most likely come across Michael Rubino.

More commonly known as Jingles, he was a fan of every sport the area had to offer.

He died on Thursday at the age of 81 and is being remembered as a family man with a deep passion for sports.

"He still is a great father," said Jingles' son Michael Rubino.

Jingles often danced during the 7th inning stretch of the Binghamton Mets games.

"Every time he danced, he came down and we'd give him a rating," said Jingles' longtime friend Carlton Gaffney. "He didn't like some of his ratings."

Jingles was never afraid to let an umpire or coach know if they made a bad call.

"He got into sports when he was young and it never got out of his system," said Rubino.

Jingles' love for sports stretched beyond the professional level. For more than 30 years, he umpired youth baseball games.

When Chenango Forks and Chenango Valley played each other, he'd never miss a game.

"Kids loved my father," said Rubino. "They'd see him coming and they're like, 'Jingles, Jingles!' He would just wave and give you the thumbs up. That was him."

Jingles' funeral is scheduled for Monday morning at 9:30 at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Binghamton.