Life is short and goes by fast,
and I find myself reminiscing about the past.
Late in the evening when I�m alone,
I often think of people I have known.
We were young and at loose ends,
which formed a bond for us as friends.
There were many fun-filled days,
and then we went our separate ways.
It was decades ago when our paths crossed,
but over time the contacts were lost.
Some must be forever gone, I am sure,
while others probably still endure.
I hope their lives have all been good,
as they deservedly should.
I long to know where they may be,
and wonder if they think of me.
(Acros B. Hylamnus, Crosby High Class of 1959 Poet Laureate)
If you are a member of the Crosby High School Class of 1959, I'm looking for you.
My work here is done, and your contribution is needed now for this site to grow. Help make this page an online cyber reunion experience - send your life profile, memories of life in Waterbury during the 1950s, and/or memories of your Crosby High experiences to me at firstname.lastname@example.org for posting on this page.
NEW on 11/11/08: Post your profile, memories of life in Waterbury during the 1950s, and/or memories of your Crosby High experiences on the Class Blog instead of sending them to me.
What was your favorite after school hangout? The Handy Kitchen on West Main Street was THE "in" place in the 1950s.
What were your after school activities? I (at left in photo) was a member of the Waterbury Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. We met weekly at the Naval Reserve Training Center on Huntingdon Avenue. Other class members in the squadron at the time included Harold Baker, George Blower, Brenda Larsen, Phyllis Poliks, and Eddi Zyko.
Did you have an after school job? I was a soda jerk at a drugstore three afternoons a week.
I also worked with Bob Primus (and some other class members) on some weekends in 1958 and 1959 doing supermarket and retail store inventories for the just established Count-Rite inventory services company. We sometimes went as far as Long Island to inventory some King Kullen Supermarkets. Count-Rite is now RGIS Inventory Services with a Waterbury office on East Main Street.
Were you one of the "howling mob" members involved in the "disturbance" at the YMCA in 1958?
Bob Janatiss and Len Marino probably have vivid memories of this 1959 "incident" at the Handy Kitchen. Classmate comments regarding this prank are at the bottom of this page.
Did you work at any of the Waterbury brass mills before they went belly up in the 1970s?
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Whether or not you send me anything, you should join the Crosby High Class of 1959 Group at Graduates.com, where you can post your profile and view other class members' profiles, and send them e-mail for free, which you can't do on Classmates.com unless you pay to be a Gold Member.
To see class member contributions I've received to date, look under my Briefs.
I�m just hangin' out in/of my Jockeys while waiting for the underwhelming volume of contributions I anticipate from fellow class members, so I've prepared brief profiles of more than 50 of them based on info I have gleaned from my network of contacts, snitches, and relatives during the past few years, and while doing research for this opus. There is a recent photo of many of them on the 2004 Class Reunion Photos website. If you know that any of this info is inaccurate or outdated, have info on any other class member(s), and/or are sickened by the photo on the left, please let me know.
Ron Abrahams is Chairman & CEO of Ergo Science Corp in Massachusetts.
Paul Babarik was appointed Vice President of Avaya Channel Sales at Veramark Technologies in New York in September 2002. Since joining Veramark in 1987, he has held several sales management positions, the most recent as Vice President of Sales from April 1996 to September 2002, and Director of AT&T Sales from 1989 to 1996.
Harold Baker was a Mathematics teacher at Litchfield High School and a Computer Science and Mathematics Instructor at Naugatuck Valley Community College and the UConn Waterbury campus. >>Joanne Berardi Bodenhamer lives in Bartlesville, OK.
Judith Block Solomon graduated from Brandeis University in 1963, and is a professional artist (sample left) living in Warren CT >>Norm Blondin lives in Southbury CT. >>Russ Bowen has retired from Aetna Life & Casualty in Hartford, and is on the Board of Directors of the Ice Center of Washington West in Waterbury VT. He lives in Waitsfield VT. Read more about him. >>Dave Brady was married to Anne Brennan, but they had divorced many years prior to his death. >>John Bunnell hosts the Solid Gold Rock & Roll Party on WATR Radio in Waterbury on Sunday nights from 6:00 to 10:00 PM. Listen to WATR now.
Dennis Collette is President & CEO of Newton Memorial Hospital in Newton NJ. >>Nic Coviello has been exploring the natural world � and bringing forth imagery filtered through his highly personal, technology-assisted artistry from his first exhibit at the New York World�s Fair to his retirement from Lecturer in Digital Design at the University of Pennsylvania. His work has been exhibited internationally as well as extensively in the U.S. >>Joe Cutrali was recognized for 30 years of service at Naugatuck Valley Community College in 2002. He passed away in 2006.
Tony Del Negro is on the Board of Directors of the Anderson Boys Club of Waterbury and lives in Southbury CT. >>Nick Del Rosso owns the Prospect (CT) Golf Driving Range. >>Kathleen Desmarais Ream is a retired registered nurse with 5 children, 15 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. She lives in Sun City AZ. >>Pat DiDomizio is President of the Board of Directors of the Anderson Boys Club of Waterbury. >>Justin Donnelly is the Town Attorney in Suffield CT.
Patrick Fontane is Professor of Sociology at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in St. Louis MO. >>Tom Flamer lives in Savannah GA. >>Jerry Fonzo graduated from UConn in 1963, and served in the Army in Germany after graduation. He lives in North Baldwin NY. >>George Frigon was the Town Engineer in Queenstown MD for many years, and is now with Newfields, an engineering consulting company in Annapolis MD.
Gennaro Genua is a Zoning Commissioner in Waterbury, where he lives. >>Ed Grant was convicted on May 28, 2002, of the 1973 murder of Concetta "Penny" Serra in New Haven, and was sentenced in September 2002 to serve 20 years in prison. >>Mike Gureckas lives in Palos Verdes Estates CA, and is active in Paralyzed Veterans of America athletic events in southern California.
Donald Hassinger lives in Woodbury CT. >>Dr. Fred Heckler is Director of Plastic Surgery at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh PA. >>Harold Hurley is a corrections officer at the Southern Correctional Institution in North Carolina.
Dr. Nick Ieronimo had a dental practice in Waterbury which is now in Newington CT, and lives in Glastonbury CT. >>Vin Ippolito was a Guidance Counselor at South Plantation High School in Plantation FL prior to his death.
Bob Janatiss and his father owned and operated the Tower Grill on Freight Street in Waterbury until 1989. >>Tom Jokubaitis retired as Superintendent of Schools in Torrington CT in 2005, and is now with Educational Consulting Services. He lives in Prospect CT.
Craig Kirsch lived in Lighthouse Point FL for many years but is now living in Boca Raton FL. >>Attorney Robert Kolesnik is a partner at Kolesnik & Norris in Waterbury. >>Ray Kozen, formerly Vice-President of Special Projects at General Dynamics, joined the Windsor Group in Reston VA as a Managing Director of their aerospace/defense practice in 2002. >>John Kwasinskas ("Kwa The Earth Man") lives in Prospect CT.
Leon LaMadeleine is a Field Representative at the Ogden Utah office of the USDA Forest Service, and lives in Morgan UT. >>Tim Leece is a Juvenile Probation Officer and lives in Bristol CT. >>Larry Lindquist is Senior Vice President of Circulation at USA TODAY in McLean VA.
Ron Marciano was President of the Naugatuck (CT) Chamber of Commerce until his retirement in 2002. >>Robert Mastracchio, former Vice President of Research and Engineering at ExxonMobil Corp., was inducted into the University of Connecticut Academy of Distinguished Engineers in 2003. He lives in Mendham NJ, and plays saxaphone in the Chatham Community Band. >>Janice Melchino Paul (The Blonde) is on the Board of Directors of the Waterbury Youth Services System Inc. She lives in Middlebury CT and still cruises downtown Waterbury and The Green in her cool '59 Caddy. >>Frank Menotti is in charge of private client business and oversees the electronic distribution of products at UBS Financial Services Inc. >>Joe Merluzzi is Headmaster of the Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa FL.
Karen Moran Shanahan, a professional social worker and counselor, is the community service coordinator of the Marist School in Atlanta GA. She lives in Dunwoody GA. >>Marshall Morelli lived in Waterbury CT when he died. >>Ernest Mosley was Executive Director of the Office of Housing and Neighborhood Development in Waterbury, 1994 - 1996. He lives in Wolcott CT.
Bob Neagle was Senior Vice-President of Marketing & Business Development at AT&T Capital Corp in New Jersey in 1997. >>Charles Negaro (The MLTS) owns the Atticus Bookstore Cafe and Chabaso Bakery in New Haven CT.
Anthony Palladino is founder and president of Palladin Precision Products in Waterbury. >>Stan Pechalonis is a UConn graduate and lives in San Anselmo CA. >>Brian Perkinson lives in Burke VA. >>Reeva Potoff earned a BFA degree from Pratt Institute and a MFA degree from Yale University. She is a professional artist and Professor of Visual Arts at Columbia University in New York City and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn NY. >>Ted Prosl lives in Beaumont TX
Harold Protter is Senior Vice President, Technology, The CW Television Network (formerly The WB Network). He lives in Thousand Oaks CA.
Asbury Reid lives in Somerset NJ. >>Elaine Reidy Schlefer served with the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic from 1963 to 1965, and is the author of The Shortest Way Home. She retired as Head of the Preservation Department at the New York Academy of Medicine Library in New York City in 2003, and lives in Staten Island NY. >>Bob Rinaldi was a disk jockey on WWCO (Waterbury), WNAB (Bridgeport), and WDEE (Hamden) in the early 60s, and was also Assistant Director, Operations Division, of the CT Department of Revenue Services. He is now retired and lives in Simsbury CT.
Tom Salcito is a Guidance Counselor at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale AZ. >>Frank Saresky is active in Masonic activities in southern Ohio, and lives in (appropriately) Mason OH. >>Judy Schnaars and Pat DiDomizio (The Cheerleader and The Jock) were married in 1965. They live in Oxford CT.
Paul Scirpo was a policeman in Wolcott CT for 43 years and the Police Chief for 10 years. He resigned on 5/29/09, two months into the Mayor's investigation of the town's police department. Ironically, the investigation is headed by Attorney William St. John, who is also a class member. >>Joyce Shiel DeCesare is President of the Waterbury Youth Services System Inc. Her husband, John DeCesare, is Chairman of the Waterbury Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Commission. >>Elaine Simone Andreson lives in Watertown CT most of the year, and in Edgartown MA in the summer. >>Attorney William St. John is a partner in St. John, Scappini, Lombard & Stevens in Waterbury. He lives in Southbury CT >>Peter Stangl was Chairman and CEO of New York�s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) from 1991 to 1995, and retired as President of Bombardier Transit Corp. in New York in 2004. He was a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Connecticut in 1992. >>Andy Stollar lives in Exeter NH >>Ted Storlazzi is on the Planning & Zoning Commission in Wolcott CT, where he lives.
Joe Taglia lives in Westport CT.
Don Vaitkus lives in Rocky Hill CT.
G. Hall Walling is active in the Connecticut Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and lives in Waterbury. >>Jerome Wyant is the Associate Dean for Curriculum at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh NY.
Francis Zaccagnini was Worshipful Master of Liberty-Continental Lodge #76 of the Freemasons in Waterbury. He now lives in Ocala FL. Read his bio >>Dr. Henry Zackin was a Plastic Surgeon in New York City, but surrendered his license in 2005. >>Harry Zuella has worked for SBC/SNET for over thirty years. He lives in Oxford CT, was Chairman of the Board of Education there in 2004, and is an avid gardener. >>Eddi Zyko is a retired Army Reserve officer and an attorney in Middlebury CT.
Tom Feliciani was the first class member to pass away. He died in an accident a few months after graduation in 1959.
Deceased class members names and the year they died:
Clarence Albea 2005
Anthony Argenta 2010
Alphonse Avitabile 2002
William Baldwin 1992
Brenda Blanchard ????
Stephen Block 1994
George Blower 1999
David Brady 2005
Ward Brandevein ????
Angela Brzeski Stanco 2011
Joseph Byrnes 2000
Maureen Carroll (Knott) 2004
Richard Ciarlone 1992
Louis Cicchetti 2011
Donald Corti 1989
Rosalind Crim ????
Stephen B. Curtis 2005
Monica Czarzasty Clarkson 1997
Joseph Cutrali 2006
Philip Del Gobbo Jr. 2000
Donald Derouin 2003
Armand Diana 1983
Robert Fabiani 1993
Joseph Galasso ????
Anthony Galletta 2005
Bruce Guevin ????
Sandra Haddad Gyllenhammer 2005
Linda Hall ????
Sally Harris (Simpson) 1992
David Hook 1992
Vincent Ippolito 2005
Harriet Jarcho Ledina 2004
Julia Kalinowski (Nolan)(?) 2000
Craig Kirsch 2010
Edward Kirschbaum 1983
Frances Laone Fontane 1995
William Lauer 1991
Judith Mackiewicz Gniazdowski 2005
Kathleen MacSweeney Derouin 1986
Nancy Mancini DeFeo 1998
Arnold Marchetti 1999
Wayne Martin 2012
Richard Mascoli 1999
Louis Matijosaitis 2001
Sean McCarthy 2010
John McCarty 1999
Julius Mendello 2004
Barbara Mendyka Lockwood 1992
Marshall Morelli 1996
Marguerite Murphy Androwski 1999
Sandra Officer ????
Ed Palmer 2004
John Pawelchak 1999
Carol Peterson (Sherman) 2002
Edward Phelan 2005
Carolyn Pfurr ????
David Pierpont 2000
Robert Querim 2010
Marcia Randis 1990
Edward Readel 2000
David Ryan 1989
Walter Scappini 2005
Walter Shreder 2004
Edmund Siemiatkowski 1970
Sandra Smith 1983
Thomas Spagnoletti 1986
James Thomas 1997
Maureen Vile 1985
Brinkley Wade ????
Hall Walling 2011
If you know of any other classmates who have passed away, please let me know.