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man team. But it was his excellence in basketball under Coach Sal “Red “ Verderame, that Dom became known as the “Little General.” As point guard, he brought Wilbur Cross to league and state championships and was named MVP. Dom was also named to the Class A First Team All- State. He always felt his greatest accomplishment as a player was directing Cross to an undefeated season, cul- minating in defeating Sommerville, MA, at the Boston Garden, to win the New England Championship in 1958. After graduation from Wilbur Cross High School, Dom attended Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, CA. He transferred to the University of Bridgeport, CT, continued to play basketball for the Purple Knights, and graduated with a BS degree. Dom received his Masters degree from Central CT State University. Dom began his teaching career in Ridgefield, CT. Dom’s love and expertise for basketball naturally brought him to coaching. In 1966, Dom was named Athletic Director and head varsity baseball and bas- ketball coach at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, New Brit- ain, CT. During his 6 year tenure, he twice led the basketball team to the State Championship Finals, putting Aquinas on the map as a basketball powerhouse for years to come. Dom also coached the New Britain Nets of the New England Basketball Association semi-pro team. After Aquinas, he coached at New Britain’s Pulaski High School for 6 more years and led the Generals to a State Championship Final game as well. Dom was the first high school coach in CT to bring two different teams to the State Championship finals. Well known for his team’s defenses, and as a program build- er, Dom was recruited to Windsor, CT, where he coached for 11 years. Dom continued teaching, took some time off from coaching, and then resumed coaching at Wolcott High School, then as a volunteer assistant/consultant to Stan Glowiak at New Britain High School, and then finally with Herb Kenney at Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, for 4 more years. Dom has received great recognition over the years. He was a member of the CT. High School Coaches Hall of Fame (CHSCA). In addition, Dom is a member of the New Britain Sport Hall of Fame, the Wilbur Cross High School Hall of Fame, the New England Sports Hall of Fame and the New Haven Tap-Off Club Hall of Fame.
MICHAEL A. MUDRY, 79, of Bea- con Falls, the beloved husband of Jeanette Tosolini Mudry, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, at Yale New Haven Hospi- tal. Mike was born in New Haven on Oct. 11, 1941, the loving son of the late Michael G. and Helen Merkow- itz Mudry. He graduated from Anso- nia High School, class of 1958. He
attended Ithaca College and after graduation, he continued
his studies at the University of Bridgeport, where he earned a Master’s Degree in education. He was appointed athletic director at Seymour High School in 1985 and served in that position for 14 years, before retiring in 1999. Under his direction, many of Seymour High School’s athletic teams qualified for the state tournaments and were successful in winning several. Mike was the head baseball coach at Seymour High School from 1983-1986, and in his first year he guided the Wildcats to a quarterfinal contest. His teams qualified for the state tournament in two of his three years as head baseball coach, with a compiled record of 25-16. He also served as an assistant football coach at Seymour Junior High and High School for 10 years. In addition to his beloved wife Jeanette, his loving family includes his son Michael K. Mudry of Newington; his daughter Michelle Lipar and her husband David, of Simsbury; five cherished grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
ROLAND H. CHINATTI of Warren Turnpike Road died November 10, 2020. He was the loving and devoted husband of the late Dorothy Louise Atterbury Chinatti. Coach Chinatti may be remembered for a loud whistle and a soft smile. He was a beloved coach for athletes and a guidance counselor to students for many years. He was sought after by
many during stressful times. He conditioned athletes so they would “leave it all on the field.” As a father, grand- father, and great-grandfather, Roland was active, devoted, warm, giving, and playful. Roland was born on June 10, 1927, in Thamesville, CT. He was the son of Italian immigrants, Carlo and Lena (Donati) Chinatti. Roland was their youngest child. He was predeceased by his wife Dorothy, his parents Carlo and Lena, as well as his siblings Luciano, Henry, Beatrice, Mary and his grandson Christopher L. Koutsoukos. The attack on Pearl Harbor urged him to enlist as soon as he could. Consequently, at age 17, before graduating high school, Roland joined the United States Navy during WWII. He was stationed on a troop transport ship, USS Gen. R.M. Blatchford, to bring troops home from the Pacific Front. While ported in Nagasaki he witnessed the atomic bomb’s devastation. Upon returning from service he became the first in his family to graduate from high school, Norwich Free Academy, CT. With the help of the GI Bill, Roland went on to be the first in his family to graduate from college, the YMCA’s Springfield College, MA. He received his M.Ed. from the University of Hartford, CT. He worked on a PhD. at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO. In Greeley he worked with immigrant children helping them acclimate to their new environment. Roland was an educator from 1951 to 1994, 44 years. He taught at ‘Iolani School, Hawaii,
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