Stonington Borough, CT
Mystic Chamber of Commerce
Noank Historical Society
OCCUPATION Retired from Electric Boat as a dosimetry technician; in my 25th year as volunteer “Voice of the Westerly Bulldogs,” the football public address announcer; and PA announcer for the Westerly Community Credit Union Holiday Basketball tournament.
BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN Born in Westerly, raised in Pawcatuck and Watch Hill.
FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME On the beach by the carousel in Watch Hill, where I’ve been going since 1946, and watching football games — college, high school and pee-wee.
PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT Helping my wife Jane raise our two children, Brian and Ginny; being president of the Providence Gridiron Club; being instrumental in raising funds to put lights at the WHS athletic field; and being named outstanding citizen in support of education in Westerly.
WHAT I HOPE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR Being a kind person with integrity, for helping and being involved in local organizations, and for being a loving caring grandfather to our seven grandchildren.
TOP ITEM ON MY BUCKET LIST I’ve already accomplished it! I always wanted to see a Notre Dame home football game in South Bend, so last October, for my 75th birthday, my wife sent me, along with my son-in-law, David Fabianski. It was a dream come true and much more than I ever expected with all the pageantry.
ALWAYS IN MY POCKET A small No. 2 pencil.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP A professional football or baseball announcer.
PERSON OR EXPERIENCE THAT HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST My parents, Charles and Virginia, also known as Jessie, who instilled me with values, and my father-law, Paul Hogan, who taught me the real meaning of patriotism with his outstanding war record, and his dedication to his family and community.
FAVORITE AUTHOR Leon Uris
LAST BOOK READ “War Record: Dreams of a Stolen World,” by Mark Zaccaria, a friend of mine from North Kingstown. It tells the story of his father, an Italian immigrant who settled in East Boston, and fought in WWII, and of the horrendous treatment he received at the hands of the Germans.
FAVORITE SONG Any song sung by Vera Lynn during the World War II years: “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square,” “White Cliffs of Dover” and We’ll Meet Again.”
FAVORITE MOVIE “Casablanca.”
FAVORITE TV SHOW “Law & Order.”
FAVORITE PET Brandy, our daughter and son-in-law’s late golden retriever.
FAVORITE FOOD my wife’s pasta and meatballs.
AMOUNT OF TIME I SPEND A DAY ON FACEBOOK None.
TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE Loyalty and honesty.
PET PEEVE Disloyalty.
FAVORITE QUOTATION “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” — Vince Lombardi.
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD Beaches, live theater, sports, being able to have the same friendships for the entire span of our life.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT My wife and family.
LITTLE KNOWN FACTS ABOUT ME I have met three Medal of Honor recipients and one of the marines who put the flag up on Iwo Jima, and I am the only person to serve on both Westerly High School’s and Stonington High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame committees.
BEST ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED Listen to both sides of the story before making a decision.
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE Be true to yourself.
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD End all wars and hunger.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS Take care of my family, pay off the St. Clare Parish Center debt and establish scholarships.
I DRIVE A black 2011 Buick LaCrosse.
I WISH I DROVE A I’m happy with the car I have.
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE Coffee ice cream.
IF I COULD HAVE DINNER AND A CONVERSATION WITH ANYONE IN THE WORLD I WOULD CHOOSE Winston Churchill. He was in the first rank as a historian, journalist, author, writer, parliamentarian, international statesman, painter, soldier and a fighting wartime leader during WWII, as well as being a great wit.
— Interview conducted and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro.