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BRIAN NORTON PERRY, 43, of Cheshire, passed away on Friday, November 20, 2020, due to complications of diabetes. He was the son of Phyllis (Norton) Perry and the late Thomas Perry. Brian was born August 3, 1977, in Meriden and was a lifelong Cheshire resident. He attended local schools and graduated from Cheshire High School, Class of
1996. After his graduation, he remained active at the high school for many years coaching Freshman Lacrosse and assisting in various aspects of the Cheshire High School football program as well as football at the junior level. He furthered his education at Quinnipiac University where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree.
DAVID ANTHONY D’ALESSIO of Madison, CT died on March 8, in New Haven CT at Smilow Cancer Hospital after a brief illness. He was born on March 17, 1964 in Baltimore MD. The son of Raymond and Patricia (Denver) D’Alessio, he grew up in Madison where he wrestled at Brown Middle School and Daniel Hand High School. He graduated from Southern
Connecticut State University with a teaching degree so that he could return to Madison to teach and coach the sport he loved. He . He received his Masters Degree and his 092 in Administration from Scared Heart University. He taught science in Madison for 29 years, and coached wrestling at Daniel Hand High School for the better part of 33 years, where he taught young men and women lessons for life as well as wrestling. He was inducted into the Madison Athletic Hall of Fame as an athlete and as a coach in 2015. He is survived by his beloved wife of 29 years Diane, his devoted children, Andy of Clinton, CT and Hailey.
JAKE SALAFIA Former longtime Cromwell boys’ basketball coach Jake Salafia has died. Salafia was 92. After growing up in Middletown, Jake received his Bachelors of Science in History from Central CT State University. While at CCSU, Jake earned letters in football and track. Jake began teaching in 1956 and began coaching cross country in 1958. Jake became the Cromwell
High School (CHS) head basketball coach in 1962, the same year he received his Master’s Degree from Springfield College. Jake coached basketball for 25 years, compiling a 445-118 record. Jake’s basketball teams won seven State Championships, five of which were consecutive years. Jake’s basketball teams made it to the State Finals eleven times. Jake’s 1970-71 basketball, track and cross country teams each won the Class S State Championship. Jake’s cross country teams won seven State Championships. Jake also coached tennis for four years and volleyball for three years. Jake was the Athletic Director at CHS for 20 years and was a co-director of the Fundamental Basketball Camp for 25 years. Jake has received many athletic awards: Connecticut Sports Writers Gold Key Award 2004-2005, Central Connecticut Alumni Association Hall of Fame 2000, New Haven Register Award for the first coach to win five consecutive CT Basketball Championships. He has also been inducted in the Middletown Sports Hall of Fame, the National High School Coaches Hall of Fame and the Connecticut High School Coaches Hall of Fame. The ultimate award was having the new Cromwell High School Gymnasium dedicated in his name. The Panthers made a total of 11 state finals under Salafia, who had a career record of 445-118. The gym at the high school is named after him. Salafia also coached Cromwell’s cross country teams from 1958-86, winning seven state championships. He also won a state championship in outdoor track and field the one year he coached the sport. He was also the school’s athletic director from 1967-92.
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