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later, he finished his career still loving every day of teaching and working with kids. John coached for 38 of his 39 years, most of which he did at Middletown High School, where he coached baseball and football. John was a loyal supporter of the Connecticut High School Coaches Association. He was selected CHSCA Baseball Coach of Year in 1979, was inducted into the Connecticut High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 1992. He was inducted into the Middletown Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. In 2010, John DeNunzio Baseball Field was dedicated at the new Middletown High. In 2016, the CIAC Baseball Championships were dedicated in John’s honor. The Middletown Umpires Association recognized John for his devotion to “sportsmanship and fair play” over his long career.
JIM GUERCIA, 74 of Clinton/Kill- ingworth, died peacefully on June 22, 2020, at Connecticut Hospice in Branford. Jim graduated from Wil- bur Cross High School in 1964 where he was a student-athlete and leader in his class. Some of his high school achievements include all-state hon- ors and baseball, and the Gridiron Award. Jim’s accolades continued
into his college career at Southern Connecticut State Uni- versity where he helped lead The Owls to the NCAA Atlantic Coast Championship at Yankee Stadium and orchestrating one of the most iconic plays in Southern Connecticut State University’s football history. Preceding college, he began a 45-year dedicated career at Notre Dame High School of West Haven as a physical education teacher, football, baseball, and track and field coach throughout his years there. His passion for teaching and coaching left an everlasting impres- sion on decades of students, athletes, and peers. He has been inducted into The Hall of Fame for Wilbur Cross High School, Southern Connecticut State University, and Notre Dame High School. Many other organizations have honored him for his dedication and accomplishments during his lifetime. Jimmy was never someone to share the accolades he achieved. He was a humble, kind, generous, and compas- sionate man who lived to see others succeed. The friendships he held close remained for decades and were truly cherished.
DONALD A. PISATI, 75, passed away on Thursday, July 16, 2020 sur- rounded by his loving family. Don was born on October 19, 1944, the loving son of Antonio and Louisa (Villanova) Pisati. He was a proud, lifelong resident of Windsor Locks. Besides his family, Don had a passion for teaching, coaching, mentoring, and touching the lives of so many.
Don took this passion and pursued an education in the field, graduating from the University of Bridgeport in 1966 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. In 1967 he received a master’s degree from Fairfield University in Guidance and a sixth-year certificate in Administration and Supervision from Central Connecticut University in 1990. Don enjoyed a long career of 41 years teaching physical education at Carmen Arace School in Bloomfield. He also served for 10 years as the Athletic Director and Student Coordinator at the Metropolitan Learning Center. Coaching was a great passion for Don. He served as the head varsity basketball coach at Enfield High School for 10 years, along with coach- ing Bloomfield High School’s basketball team for 9 years, baseball for 19, and being the assistant coach of the football team for 5 years. Don also coached Junior Varsity soccer and baseball under great friend, Danny Sullivan at Windsor Locks High School. Don most recently was a proud assistant coach in the East Granby Travel Basketball program with his son, Andrew. In addition to his coaching accomplish- ments, Don has been a member of the Connecticut High School Coaches Association for 49 years. During that time he has served in numerous capacities. From 1985 – 1992 he served on the CIAC Boys Basketball Committee, serving as its chairman from 1989 – 1991. In 2005-2006, Don served as President of the Connecticut High School Coaches Associa- tion. In 2006, he received the CIAC Merit Award presented for many years of distinguished service to high school ath- letics in Connecticut.
FRANK BARRON Coaches at every level use many colorful four-letter words during games and at prac- tices. Over the last 30 years, Frank Barron was one coach who routinely used a four-letter word that certain- ly defined him as a coach and as a person — love. On several occa- sions he would give nearly the same response when asked what the rea-
son was for his success in sports, and in particular his lon- gevity and impact on the sport of lacrosse in Connecticut. “I love sports, I love coaching football and lacrosse, I love teaching and I love my family,” Barron would say. “But I just love people. I love being around people, doing what I can to help them, and when I can, make an impact on people on the field and off the field. I love having that connection.” On Saturday, Barron, who coached for nearly 40 years and was an icon on the Connecticut lacrosse scene, died at Con- necticut Hospice in Branford at age 69 following a lengthy battle with pancreatic and liver cancer. Branford assistant boys lacrosse coach Frank Barron died at the age of 69 fol- lowing a lengthy battle with pancreatic and liver cancer. In 1980, Barron was a junior varsity coach for the boys’ lacrosse
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