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JOHN A. DE CAPRIO, SR. of Branford passed away peacefully Monday, August 31, 2020 at Artis Senior Living of Branford. He was the loving husband of Judith La Vor- gna De Caprio of almost 60 years. He was also the most caring and supportive father and grandfather. John was born August 22, 1938 in East Haven, CT, son of the late Anto-
nio and Assunta Losio De Caprio. He was a proud member of the National Guard from 1954 to 1957. He was the first athletic director, football coach and basketball coach for North Branford High School. He later went on to become the high school principal. Growing up in East Haven, he was the first athlete to be named First Team All-State in football and basketball. He went on to play at Kan- sas State University and SCSU. In his senior year he was awarded the Football Scholar Athlete award. John was a longtime member of the CIAC Girls Basketball Commit- tee and served as its chairman for several years. Among his many awards were the Golden Football award from the state of CT, the Who’s Who of Principals in CT, Dis- tinguished Service Award for the CIAC Girls Basketball, New Haven Gridiron Club Hall of Fame, East Haven High School Hall of Fame, and the North Branford Hall of Fame. John is survived by his wife, children, John A. (Sarah) De Caprio of Guilford, Jeffrey D. (Annie) De Caprio of Texar- kana, TX, Jenine L. (Frank) Gesino of East Lyme, and Joseph M. (Dorothy) De Caprio of BDurham, as well as nine grand- children and three great-grandchildren.
BRUCE JAFFE, who spent nearly a half century as a legendary coach and teacher at Fairfield Prep, died on Sunday at the age of 76 Fairfield Prep announced. “It is with great sorrow that we share the news that longtime Fairfield Prep educator and Coach Bruce Jaffe entered into eternal life on Sept. 13. Bruce was a Prep Giant and a true man for others!”
Fairfield Prep stated. Jaffe, who resided in Fairfield, began his teaching career at Fairfield Prep in 1966. His started his career as a social studies teacher and, during his more than five-decade tenure at the all-boys Jesuit Catholic college preparatory school, he served as a highly successful boys’ swimming and soccer coach. While guiding the Jesuits’ swimming program, the team captured three CIAC State Open Championships (1998, 2007, 2012), two Class L titles (1980, 2007) and one Class LL championship (2012). Fairfield Prep was also a dominant force on the SCC swimming scene under Jaffe’s watch, winning the conference championship
on 10 occasions (1996, 1998, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012). While coaching Prep’s soccer squad, the Jesuits won the SCC Tournament in 2005 and claimed five divisional championships. Jaffe concluded his 46-year career as Fairfield Prep’s swim coach in 2012 style. The Jesuits swam to the State Open championship at Yale University that memorable March 17th day in 2012. The victory put the finishing touch on a 2012 season that also saw Jaffe guide Prep to the Class LL and SCC titles. “This young team gave this old man an incredible going away present,” Jaffe said after his squad won the State Open in 2012. I’ll always remember them.” In June of 2012, almost 200 friends of the Fairfield Prep swimming and diving community gathered for a celebration to honor Jaffe’s retirement from coaching after 46 years. The Jesuits, a perfect 12-0 during the 2011-2012 season, coach Jaffe was named Coach of the Year. Jaffe also dedicated his time helping organize the State Open Swimming Championships and numerous Class Championships each year each year.
CHRIS MANNER, basketball, track and cross country coach, passed away peacefully at age 56, in his home on Saturday, September 19. Chris was born in Hartford, CT to Dorothy and Francis Manner in 1964. As a young man, Chris joined the Connecticut National Guard Military Police Unit until he was honorably discharged after completing 6 years
of service. He then attended the University of New Haven where he graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice. Upon graduation, Chris was hired by the North Branford Police Department where he worked as an officer for 5 years and with the Branford Police Department where he worked as a patrolman. He was an active member of several clubs, such as Branford Elks, the Centurians and Club Napoli.
DOMINIC “DOM” FERRARA, star athlete and legendary Hall of Fame High School Coach, passed peace- fully in his sleep during the early hours of August 27, 2020, of Covid 19, at the age of 80, in Tucson, AZ. Born in New Haven, CT, to Elvira “Vera” and John M. Ferrara, March 21, 1940, he was preceded in death by his parents and his son, John Charles
Ferrara. Dom will be immensely missed by his loving wife, Maryann; his beloved daughter Kimberly (Billy Quealy); his daughter-in-law Noelle (Alan Bisson). Dom’s superi- or athletic abilities were honed in the playgrounds and parks of New Haven. While at Wilbur Cross High School Dom pitched a no hitter against the Yale University fresh-
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