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twice (’51-’53, ’61-’70), Bergenfield High School, NJ, (’53-’54) and Housatonic Valley Regional High School, CT, twice (’54-’61, ’70-’94). During various summers he taught at Wadawanuck Club, CT, Cream Hill Pond, Hotchkiss School, ‘Iolani No Ka Oi, and Falls Village Recreation Center. Roland served as a Coach, Teacher, Athletic Director (HVRHS’s first, ‘55), Principal of the Lower School, Dean of Students, and Head Guidance Counselor. Roland coached tennis, football, basketball, gymnastics, baseball, track and field, swimming, lifeguarding, snorkeling, and spearfishing. While at ‘Iolani, Roland was the only coach who coached with their legendary coaches, Father Kenneth Bray and later, Edward Hamada. At HVRHS he coached the 2007 Girl’s Varsity Tennis Team to the State Championships. Roland was known for teaching swimming to a great number of youths through out CT, in such places the open waters at the Wadawanuk Club in Stonington, the Lakeville Town Lake, Cream Hill Pond, and Hotchkiss School. He always emphasized good sportsmanship. As a talented athlete himself he always knew the fundamentals to help you improve, no matter the sport. In the community, Roland actively served in many roles in the CT’s NW corner such as Deacon for The Falls Village Congregational Church, on the Board of Housatonic Youth Service Bureau, The Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society, and the Falls Village Recreation Center. Humbly, Roland received many awards, too numerous to list.
DENNIS GUIMARES was a two-sport star at Hillhouse High School in New Haven and Providence College, where he played alongside Basketball Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens, future pro John Egan and the future mayor of Boston, Raymond Flynn. His relationships in basketball afforded him opportunities to rub elbows with greats Bill Russell and Oscar
Robertson, but Guimares built his legacy impacting countless young adults as a high school social studies teacher, mentor and coach in Middletown. He was jovial, approachable, always ready to gab and usually taught class and walked the halls with a 7-iron in one hand. Guimares died on November 16, in Venice, Florida, at age 82 after battling Parkinson’s disease. He is survived by Kathy, his wife of 50 years. Guimares was born in New Haven and starred for Hillhouse’s basketball and baseball teams, graduating in 1956. He went on to play both sports at Providence, but basketball was Guimares’ calling card. He was a 6-foot guard for legendary coach Joe Mullaney for three seasons and was part of the Friars’ 1961 NIT championship as a senior. Guimares had a job opportunity lined up in California after graduation, but the path changed when his draft notice arrived in the mail.
He joined the U.S. Army and served for two years in Texas and Georgia and two more of inactive duty before coming to Middletown in 1965. He worked in New Haven and then for Community Action for Greater Middletown before deciding to pursue a teaching career. His first job, in 1967-68, put him in front of a fourth-grade class at Hubbard School. Before long, he transferred to Woodrow Wilson High School, where he taught history and already had been coaching the boys’ basketball team a year earlier. “He played the game, lived the game and didn’t get ideas for drills from a book,” said Rick Romano, who played on the 1981 Wildcats team that reached the Class M final before losing to St. Thomas Aquinas by a basket. “He was a player’s coach. He knew how to get the best out of us. He coached to the strength of the team and was incredible with the X’s and O’s.” Guimares coached the Wildcats for 17 years leading up to the city’s merging of Wilson with Middletown High starting with the 1984-85 school year. Between Guimares and Middletown coach Tom LaBella, the job went to La Bella, but Guimares was kept busy with golf and soccer. Guimares coached both the boys’ and girls’ teams through the Wilson-Middletown merger until the responsibilities called for each program to have its own head coach. He stuck with the girls’ team. Guimares also was a respected and sought-after soccer official who worked primarily at the college level between 1970 and 2001. He retired from teaching in 1998 but continued to coach the Blue Dragons’ girls golf team.
CHARLES A. BURGHARDT, SR., 90, of Wallingford, beloved husband of the late Gladys (Harvey) Burghardt, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, at the Meriden Center, surrounded by his loving family. Charles was born on Aug. 31, 1920 at home in Wallingford, son of the late Frank and Julia (Straub) Burghardt, he graduated class of 1938 from Lyman
Hall High School, and later served honorably during World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He retired as a postal clerk in 1983, after over 38 years, and also was employed at Caplans Market. He was also a career musician, playing the saxophone, violin and was also a vocalist. Music was a huge part of his life and brought him great joy and he passed his love of music to his family, who continues that legacy. During his time off from the postal service he worked at Danbury Fair as a sergeant for Pinkerton Guards. He was a Redman, and a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Musicians Union. Charles was also a communicant of Most Holy Trinity Church in Wallingford. He also enjoyed gardening in his spare time and loved his pets. His greatest legacy was being a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.
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