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   A group of friends and family of the late Louis Petruzzello of Middletown (seated, center) are shown on the occasion of his wife, Deborah Petruzzello’s (at top right, in purple) mayor’s ball in past years. The longtime track coach won the Community Service Award.
Their son Tony is at far right.
He and the other gym friends would look out for Tony Petruzzello when his father was at the Y, calling the group his “adopted family.”
“He is loved and adored down there,” Cosgrove said of Tony. “He brightens our day.”
A couple of years back, Montalbano and Louis Petruzzello spent the day together taking in a Patriots game. It was there he got to know his friend better, said Montalbano, who admired Louis Petruzzello’s steadiness.
“What you saw is what you got. You could always rely on him and trust him. His word was his bond. If Lou said something, all you had to do was shake hands on it. You didn’t need to put it in writing. He was one of those people of character,” Montalbano said.
Cosgrove learned the news from McHugh, who was also close
with Louis Petruzzello. “I just dropped to my knees and just walked off the golf course. It was unbelievable. It takes the wind out of your sails.”
McHugh called his close friend an “unbelievable individual, great athlete, parent and husband.”
“While we have lost a ‘gentleman,’ let us learn to live by his character as a compassionate, caring, empathetic and genuine soul,” said photographer Sandy Aldieri.
Marc Levine, owner of Malloves Jewelry on Main Street,“He was a great guy. He would do anything for anyone. Whatever you needed, he would help you,” said Levine, who hung around the same crowd of great athletes.
Louis Petruzzello supported his son every day, taking him to sports events and concerts, introducing him to everyone,
cheering on at his kickball games and supporting his participation in Unified Theater.
Levine recalled Petruzzello as a “quiet guy who sat back and enjoyed life. He always had a nice thing to say about anyone. I never, ever saw Lou mad at anything.”
He was a patient man and father who was always even- handed with his son. “Even if Tony got him ‘crazy,’ he would never show negative emotions,” Levine added.
“To know Lou was to love Lou,” Cosgrove read after someone wrote a tribute to his good friend on Facebook. “That sums it all up.”
Editor’s note: The original version of this article attributed statements said by Marc Levine to Mark Cosgrove. Also, Cosgrove knew Lou Petruzzello since he was nine, when they played Little League together, not Levine.

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