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the Michaels Cup award for best state large school athletic program.
Ronald J. “Rick” Merancy, longtime Nau- gatuck resident, died peacefully on January 25, 2020 at home with family by his side at the age of 63.
Ron was born on June 21, 1956 in Derby, CT a son of the late Edward S. and Yvonne JoAnn (Boyne) Merancy, Sr. Ron graduated from Naugatuck High School in 1974 and earned a degree from the Univer- sity of New Haven. He coached the Naugatuck High School girls’ basketball team.
Jack Bryan, former Stamford girls’ volleyball coach, died recently. He was a member of the Stam- ford Board of Education, a leader in the Stamford chapter of the NAACP and a man universally recog- nized by his community for his caring ways he helped Stamford students. Jack was a deacon in the Faith Tabernacle Missionary Baptist church.
Fernand Sylvio Tetreau, 95, of Fairfield, passed away peacefully on March 29, 2017. He was known to all as “Coach.”
Fern was the husband of the late Rowena Tetreau, who died on June 4, 2013. He is survived by his sons Michael and Jack of Fairfield; Jack’s partner Chrissy Brzoski; daughter-in-law Cheryl of Zionsville, PA, and grandchildren Marielle, Taylor, and Paul. He was pre- deceased by his son Bill.
His family was the center of his life. He was a de- voted husband to Rowena, an amazing father to Mike, Bill and Jack and a doting grandfather to Marielle, Tay- lor and Paul. His love and generosity showed when he and Rowena opened up their home to include Roberto “Chico” Rodriguez in the family.
Fern was born May 21, 1921 in Sanford, Maine. His football skills were demonstrated early as he achieved All State recognition at Sanford High School. HeenteredSpringfieldCollegeinSpringfield,MA,on athletic scholarships, and left after the attack on Pearl Harbor to join the US Navy Air Corps. After returning from military service, he graduated from Springfield College in 1948. He began his coaching career at Bishop University in Canada. He returned to this coun- try to get married to Rowena Shattuck. They moved to Staten Island, NY while he obtained his Master’s Degree in Education from Columbia University. He and Rowena then moved to Brewer, ME where he took a head coaching position at Brewer High School.
At Ludlowe, he also served as Assistant Coach on the 1955 New England Basketball Championship
team. Fern moved to Andrew Warde High School for their initial football season in 1956. In just his third season, he coached the 1959 Andrew Warde football team that went undefeated and tied for the mythical State Championship. He also handled responsibilities as Athletic Director and Head Track Coach.
In addition, Fern helped out as Assistant Director at the Wakeman Memorial Boys Club in Southport. He was active in the founding of the FCIAC and was Presi- dent of the Connecticut High School Coaches Associa- tion from 1965-66.
Coach Tetreau helped start the Fairfield Giants Pop Warner program in Fairfield in 1966 and was induct- ed into the Connecticut State Coaches Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2008, he was also inducted into the FCIAC Hall of Fame. In 2006, the Fairfield Warde HS football field was named Tetreau Davis field and dedicated in his honor.
Peter Richard Zaneski, 64, of Waterford, CT, passed away on January 19, 2019, at his home. Born on March 28, 1954 in New London, CT, he was the son of Clara Smith and the late Bruno Zaneski. He was the loving husband of Laurie Moyer Zaneski. Peter attended Waterford Public Schools and was a graduate of St. Paul School in Bristol, CT class of 1972. He attended Southern Connecticut State University be- fore transferring to Central Connecticut State University (CCSU).
He competed as a football player and track and field athlete graduating from CCSU in December 1977. Peter was an educator, impacting students at many schools in Southeastern Connecticut. In 1995, he found his home at New London High School, recently moving to the New London Science and Technology Magnet High School, retiring in 2018.
Prior to 1995, students at Griswold High School, Ledyard Middle School, Lyman Memo- rial Junior and Senior High School in Lebanon, Mount St. John’s School for Boys, and Montville High School were lucky enough to be in his class. Not only did Peter touch the lives of students in the classroom, he touched the lives of athletes as a foot- ball coach, girls’ basketball coach, and track and field coach.
His coaching included youth programs and high school programs for the schools where he taught, as well as Norwich Free Academy. He was also fortunate enough to coach his own son, son-in-law, and grand- sons in youth football.
Fern was active outside of coaching helping estab- lish the Special Olympics in Fairfield and was recog-
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