City of Stamford Citizen of the Year 

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Manny’s story began in Italy, but quickly moved to Stamford when at just six months old his mother brought him and his two sisters to join his father here. He happily remembers his very American  childhood, growing up on the West Side, playing baseball with friends at Hatch Field, football on Richmond Hill and spending time with the CYO at Sacred Heart Church.  His first “military” experience was as a Boy Scout during World War II, when he helped check neighborhood houses for lights during air raid drills.

After attending Stevens School and Cloonan Jr. High, Manny graduated from Stamford High and joined the Naval Reserves in 1949. Two years later he decided to join the Army instead, and after training at Fort Dix, he saw combat in the Korean War from 1951 to 1954. Then, right after his very fortunate safe return, Manny’s good luck really blossomed when on a trip to the dentist he met his future wife of 62 years, Rosemarie Marrucco, where she was working as a hygienist. 

Soon after, Manny went to the University of Bridgeport where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design and then a Master’s in Education, which turned out to be his true calling.  A magnificent teaching career began with Fine Arts at Turn of River, then Fine Arts and Stage Craft at Rippowam High and then Rippowam Cluster High School.  As a co-founder of B.E.S.T (Board of Education Summer Theater), Manny mentored many young students, aspiring actors and stage hands, who still keep in touch with him today. 

Manny was never one to idle. He was active in the Boy Scouts, coached Babe Ruth Baseball, worked the Board of Rec playgrounds, supported the Westhill Blue Line Club and was a volunteer for the St. Cecilia Youth Group. He was a member of the Stamford Senior Men’s Club, the Italian Center, a past Grand Knight of the Father Miller Council, Knights of Columbus, and is now a member of the Southern Fairfield County Retired Teachers Association. Manny still enjoys golf, breakfast at Dutchess with “the guys” and seeing his many friends and relatives. 

Most of all, Manny and Rosemarie love spending time with their four children Richard (Allison) Blosio, Robert (Pamela) Blosio, Randy (Lisa) Blosio and Robyn (Paul) Bova, their eleven grandchildren (one on active duty, one veteran) and one great grandchild. Manny says that he wishes the Scholarship winners “a very happy, successful college career and much success in life”. 

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Emanuel “Manny” Blosio

2019

The famous but tragic fate of the five Sullivan brothers, who made the ultimate sacrifice together on the U.S.S. Juneau in World War II, had to be weighing on Maebelle Hunter’s mind when five of her eleven children all joined the military in the middle of the Vietnam War. Henry “Buddy” Hunter, the eldest of the five, joined the Air Force ahead of Donald, Randy, Larry and Lenny, who all volunteered for the Army Signal Corps at a time when many other young men were looking for ways to avoid the unpopular and treacherous trip to the jungles of Indochina. Close throughout their childhood on Spruce Street on  Stamford’s West Side, the Hunter brothers were not about to let a mere war come between them. 

Donald, the middle child of the five, spent one year in-country, running weapons in Lu Binh. Assigned to an area of heavy fighting, Donald was awarded the Bronze Star, though he prefers to let the history of his heroics remain within him. His Stamford childhood, on the other hand, is something he is happy to reminisce about and share. Losing their father when Donald was just seven, Maebelle Hunter faced the enormous challenge of being a single mother of eleven working long hours as  a domestic. But Donald says Spruce Street “was a neighborhood full of mamas”, so getting in trouble was not an option.  Of Maebelle, he recalls, she was tough, but that “she was the most beautiful woman in the world.”

The brothers have remained close. For years Donald hosted horseshoe matches at his home, and claims to be the champ. While that may be disputed by his brothers, there is no argument that Henry, Randy, Donald, Larry and Lenny, as members of the same bowling team for twenty five years, won the Connecticut State U.S.B.C Open Tournament in 2012!

Donald worked at the Stamford Marriott for many years until his retirement. He and his wife of 48 years, Shirley, still live in Stamford and have eight children, eleven grandchildren and ten greatgrandchildren. When asked if they are all still close, Donald says with a smile “Close? I can’t get rid of ‘em!”

Stamford COTY understands why Donald Hunter’s family likes to be around him and is happy to recognize him as a distinguished veteran.

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Donald Hunter

2019

The famous but tragic fate of the five Sullivan brothers, who made the ultimate sacrifice together on the U.S.S. Juneau in World War II, had to be weighing on Maebelle Hunter’s mind when five of her eleven children all joined the military in the middle of the Vietnam War. Henry “Buddy” Hunter, the eldest of the five, joined the Air Force ahead of Donald, Randy, Larry and Lenny, who all volunteered for the Army Signal Corps at a time when many other young men were looking for ways to avoid the unpopular and treacherous trip to the jungles of Indochina. Close throughout their childhood on Spruce Street on Stamford’s West Side, the Hunter brothers were not about to let a mere war come between them. 

Larry, the ninth of Maebelle’s eleven children, attended Stevens School, Cloonan and Rogers Junior High, before  graduating with the 100th graduating class of Stamford High School in 1965. As a kid, Larry says the five boys were very close: “We were called the little kids. I used to joke that they called us that because they didn’t know our names. We just always did things together.”  He joined the U.S. Army in 1966 and entered basic training in Fort Jackson, S.C. before deploying to Vietnam as an ammunition storage specialist. Always remaining close with his brothers, near the end of his tour he was even able to drive to Quy Nhon to visit Lenny for just two hours.  After safely serving one year in-country, Larry was transferred to Ulm,  Germany, where he continued to serve until his honorable discharge in 1969 as a Buck Sergeant. 

When, to Maebelle’s great relief, Lenny, along with his brothers, returned home safely, they have remained close. In fact Henry, Randy, Donald, Larry and Lenny played on the same bowling team for twenty five years, winning the Connecticut State U.S.B.C Open Tournament in 2012!

Larry is still in Stamford. Now a widower, he and his late wife Betty had three children and five grandchildren. He volunteers at the Bridgeport Veterans Food Pantry with his brother Lenny and is a member of the Faith Tabernacle Baptist Church, St. John’s Lodge #14 and Order of the Eastern Star, Dorcas Chapter #14.

Stamford COTY is pleased to honor Larry Hunter as a distinguished veteran. 

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Larry Hunter

2019

The famous but tragic fate of the five Sullivan brothers, who made the ultimate sacrifice together on the U.S.S. Juneau in World War II, had to be weighing on Maebelle Hunter’s mind when five of her eleven children all joined the military in the middle of the Vietnam War. Henry “Buddy” Hunter, the eldest of the five, joined the Air Force ahead of Donald, Randy, Larry and Lenny, who all volunteered for the Army Signal Corps at a time when many other young men were looking for ways to avoid the unpopular and treacherous trip to the jungles of Indochina. Close throughout their childhood on Spruce Street on Stamford’s  West Side, the Hunter brothers were not about to let a mere war come between them. 

Lenny, the second youngest of Maebelle’s children attended Stevens Elementary, Rogers Junior High and Stamford High School before joining the U.S. Army on June 23, 1967. Since he was only 17 at the time, his brother Randy had to sign him up because, had she known, he did not think his mother would have allowed it. When he shipped to Vietnam in 1968 with the 578 Signal Company, he spent most of his days stringing communications wire in the jungles by climbing poles that sometimes tapered to the width of a baseball bat, never mind that he was also then exposed to the risk of enemy fire. Not willing to be  separated for lon g, he still managed to travel to Cam Ranh Bay to see Henry (and even do some fishing!), and Larry came  to see him in Quy Nhon near the end of his tour.  

When, to Maebelle’s great relief, Lenny, along with his brothers, returned home safely, they have remained close. In fact Henry, Randy, Donald, Larry and Lenny played on the same bowling team for twenty five years, winning the Connecticut State U.S.B.C Open Tournament in 2012!

Lenny spent his career working for the U.S. Postal Service in Darien, retiring after 37 years. Still active in veterans’ affairs, he is Post Commander at the Darien VFW and volunteers at the Bridgeport Veterans’ Food Pantry. He and his wife Mary, have four children, fourteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Stamford COTY is grateful to Lenny Hunter, and his four brothers, as distinguished veterans

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Lenny Hunter

2019

Stamford COTY is pleased to honor John Lund as a distinguished veteran.

John was born in Brooklyn, New York, but his family moved to Stamford in 1947 when he was just three months old.  He spent his early childhood living in downtown Stamford and attended Elm Street and Rogers Schools, before his family moved to Glenbrook in 1960.  He then attended Burdick Junior High and Stamford High, where he graduated in 1965. Always an athlete, John played Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball, Pop Warner Football, Youth Basketball and the Shoreline Softball League.  At SHS, he also lettered in varsity soccer.

After the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution expanded U.S. involvement in Vietnam, and knowing he would likely be sent in harm’s way, John joined the United States Marine Corps in August, 1966.  After boot camp in Parris Island S.C., combat training in Camp Lejeune, N.C., and assignment to Camp Pendleton near San Diego, he was deployed to Vietnam, where he served nineteen months in-country. There, John was assigned to Mike Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, and spent the first 2 months at a Landing Zone 8 miles South West of Da Nang. During the 1968 Tet Offensive he was moved to Phu Bai for 5 months, and then was assigned to An Hoi for 12 months.  During his deployment John was a Casualty Reporter, informing the Company Commander of those Killed or Wounded in Action, and had the painful task of preparing personal effects for shipment.  While he was with Mike Company 3/5, they were awarded two Presidential Unit Citations.  John individually earned a Meritorious Mast, a Combat Promotion to Sergeant, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, RVN Cross of Gallantry, a Vietnam Service Medal with 1 Star, Combat Action Ribbon and a Navy Achievement Medal with Combat “V”.

Returning home to Stamford, John went to Norwalk Community College for two years, and then transferred to Southern Connecticut State College.  He worked at the United States Post Office for 28 years, retiring in 2011, and the Wee Burn Country Club for 48 years, retiring in 2018.  He has been married to the love of his life Elaine (Dwyer) for almost 49 years and still lives in Glenbrook.  They have two sons--Jeffrey, a Stamford Police Officer and Jonathan, a Stamford Fireman.  Jonathan and his wife Natasha have blessed John and Elaine with two granddaughters, five year old Luna and three year old Aila.

Stamford COTY knows we are fortunate to have people like John among us. 

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John Lund

2019

Bill Malloy likes to be around big families. The oldest brother of William and Agnes Malloy’s eight  children, Bill grew up on Dartley Street in Belltown, and then on nearby Revonah Avenue. As a member of the third Malloy generation in Stamford, he attended Belltown Elementary, St. John’s Elementary and St. Basil’s Prep, where he graduated in 1960. After high school Bill attended Villanova University where he joined the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC). 

After graduation, Bill was assigned to the U.S.S. Independence (CV-62), a more than 1,000-foot- long Forrestal-class Aircraft Carrier deployed with a complement of over 5,000 Navy and Marines  (another really big family) to the South China Sea off the coast of Vietnam between May and December of 1965.   While onboard he served as an Ensign in the Engineering Department, and he earned the Naval Unit Commendation, the National Defense Medal, and the Vietnam Service Medal. After active duty Bill returned to Stamford, married the love of his life, Evon Deveau, and joined the Naval Reserves where he was honorably discharged as a Lieutenant in 1974.

When he returned Bill also joined his Dad in the insurance business, where he has worked as a licensed insurance agent, a licensed real estate broker and a Certified Insurance Consultant. Bill now owns the William F. Malloy Insurance Agency along with his son, Matthew.

To be sure, Bill still likes to be around a lot of people. He has also served on the Stamford Board of Representatives, as Chairman of the Democratic City Committee, President of the Stamford Hibernians, Rogers School PTO President, a Cub Scout Den Leader, President of the Stamford Youth Hockey Association, President of the Stamford Insurance Board, and Director of the Professional Insurance Association of Connecticut and the Independent Insurance Agents of Connecticut. He is also now serving on the board of Connecticut Renaissance, helping people with substance abuse and mental health issues overcome their challenges.

Not to be outdone by his parents, Bill and his wife of now 52 years, Evon, raised their big family of eleven children in Shippan where they have resided for the last 45 years. Their favorite pastime is spending time with the kids and especially their twenty-two (!) grandchildren. 

Stamford COTY is happy to welcome William Malloy to our big family of distinguished veterans

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William F. Malloy

2019

Stamford COTY is happy to recognize Kimberly Morant as a distinguished veteran.

Kimberly was born in Stamford on September 14th, 1965. She attended school in Norwalk at Kendall Elementary and Parkway Christian Academy before graduating from Stamford’s Sacred Heart Academy in the class of ‘84. She attended Fisher Junior College, 1984-1985 and Norwalk Community College, 1985-1986. After NCC, Kimberly moved to Richmond, VA where she attended the Geriatric Nursing  Assistant Training Program and obtained a position at the Henrico Healthcare Center assisting elderly patients. After marrying, Kimberly moved to Twentynine Palms Marine Base, in San Bernardino County, California where she joined the United States Navy in May of 1992.

In August 1992, Seaman Morant was assigned as hazmat manager to the San Onofre ARD-30, a floating dry dock (used to submerge under ships damaged below the water line and then raise them out of the water for repair).  She successfully made sure that all Material Safety Data Sheets were accounted for and filed, thus ensuring that all inspections were performed and passed. She was also responsible for confirming that all supplies were ordered and that hazardous materials were disposed of properly. SN Morant also volunteered for Vietnam Veterans of San Diego. This organization worked with homeless veterans and their families, for substance abuse recovery, mental and emotional health counseling, and most of all, obtaining benefits and jobs.

Since 1998, Kimberly has been the Unit Coordinator for the Tully Endoscopy Center here in Stamford, where she ensures that patient’s paperwork is in order for treatment, and reports to the director of Peri-Op services to record case cancellations and to ensure proper follow-up. She is also certified in phlebotomy and EKG’s. 

Kimberly is also program assistant, at the New Canaan YMCA’s special needs program and is a trainer at the Sarner Health and Fitness Center at Tully. Not one to rest on her laurels, she is currently back at Norwalk Community College studying Exercise Science and Social/Behavioral Science where she will graduate in May, and will continue on in Recreational Therapy this fall.

COTY is glad that Stamford has people like Kimberly. 

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Kimberly Morant

2019

Bob was born in Castine, Maine, right on Penobscot Bay almost exactly 87 years ago on April 11. Happy Birthday Bob! After graduating from Warren Harding High (Bridgeport) in 1948, Bob joined the U.S. Navy Reserves until called to active duty in support of the Korean War.

 

Bob requested Destroyer duty because he felt they were large enough to cross any ocean yet small enough to always sense you were "at sea." He served aboard the Destroyer Joseph P Kennedy, Jr., as Petty Officer Electronic Technician until transferring to the Olathe Kansas Naval Air Station to study radar systems, and then went on to the Naval Air Station at Lakehurst, N.J.

 

His tech training came in handy when he joined IBM after his honorable discharge in 1954, where he spent 10 years working on its largest computers. Then, in 1964 he decided to pursue his passion with British motor cars, opening a dealership selling MGs, Austin Healeys, Triumphs and others. Not one to be pigeonholed, four years later Bob embarked on a career in finance, working with Hornblower & Weeks, Hemphill-Noyes, and then Merrill Lynch, where he retired as a Vice President in 1990. Bob then opened his own investment firm, which he sold in 2011, retiring once again!

 

Bob has never been defined only by service, work or career. An avid rock climber, he's climbed mountains in Italy, Sweden, Yosemite and others, sometimes as a member of the International Alpine Club and the Appalachian Mountain Club. He even climbed the Unisphere at the site of the 1964 World's Fair in Queens (where he was spotted by a police helicopter and "urged" to descend, courtesy of an only slightly amused NYPD).

 

Bob has driven race cars and piloted planes. He has flown regular missions for Angel Flight Northeast, transporting patients and their loved ones to and from treatment centers in his own airplane and at his own expense. He remembers the plights of many patients, all of whom were understandably deeply grateful for his service.

 

Bob has also served for many years as a pro bono arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and has evaluated top-flight law students as a mock trial judge.

 

Bob currently serves as the Director of the United Flying Octogenarians (UFO), an international flying organization promoting the longevity of physical and mental health—obviously with some real success.

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Robert Barker

2018

73rd Anmuzf Citizen of the 'Year —

Captain Carpanzano was born and raised in Stamford. A 2001 Westhill High School graduate, he attended Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., where he received his Bachelor of Science in Communications in 2005, along with a commission in the Army as a Second Lieutenant. After completing the Military Police Officer Basic course in 2006, he was assigned to the 28th Military Police Detachment in Fort Wainwright, Alaska, where he held the positions of Platoon Leader, Executive Officer and Special Reaction Team Leader.

 

In 2008, Mario was elevated to Company Commander of the 472nd Military Police Company (Combat Support).

In 2010, after the successful completion of his command at Fort Wainwright, now Captain Carpanzano was assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd Infantry Division and deployed to Baghdad, Iraq. As the Brigade Provost Marshal, he and his team were responsible for the area security of 12 forward operating bases in Baghdad, the training of Iraqi Police and the detention of prisoners.

 

After his Iraq deployment, Mario returned to the States until his 2012 reassignment to 5th Squadron, 7th Calvary and subsequent deployment to the Zabul Province of Afghanistan as a military advisor to the Afghan Army. When that tour ended in 2013, he was assigned to Rutgers University as an Assistant Professor of Military Science where he remained until transferring off active duty in 2017 and into the Connecticut National Guard.

 

Captain Carpanzo has received numerous awards over the course of his service, including the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, a National Defense Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Medal, Operation Enduring Freedom Service Medal, NATO ISAF Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Service Ribbon and the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge. And, Mario's impressive resume includes a Master's in Business and Operational Security Management Degree from Webster University.

 

Mario, his wife, Major Josie Carpanzano, and their two children, Canio and Fia, live in Stamford.

Stamford COTY is grateful to Captain Mario Carpanzano for his continued service

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Capt. Mario Carpanzano

2018

Major Carpanzano was born and raised in Chicago, She graduated from Clark High School in 2000 and went on to Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology together with her commission in the U.S, Army as a Second Lieutenant.

 

After completing the Medical Service Corps Officer Basic Course in 2006 in San Antonio, Texas, she was assigned to the 172nd Brigade Support Battalion in Fort Wainwright, Alaska, where she held the position of Evacuation Platoon Leader. In 2007, she became the Executive Officer for the 1/25th Stryker Brigade "Arctic Wolves" Support Medical Company where she served until 2008. Later that year she was deployed to Iraq as of the 2/8th Field Artillery Logistical Support Team Commander.

In 2010, Major Carpanzano was assigned to Winn Army Community Hospital at Fort Stewart, Ga., as the Adjutant for a short period prior to assuming command of the Winn Army Community Hospital Medical Company. She successfully commanded a company of over 450 Soldiers responsible for the healthcare of the 3rd Infantry Brigade, their families and a robust retiree community.

 

In 2013, Josie was assigned as the lead Medical Observer/Coach Trainer and the Brigade Medical Operations Officer for the Patriot Brigade 1st Army Division East at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. She spent the next four years traveling across the northeastern part of the United States training, supporting, and building future relationships with all the National Guard and Army Reserve medical units preparing for future active duty missions, as well as providing continuity to the medical evaluation teams at the Joint Reserve Training Center at Fort Polk, La.

 

Major Carpanzano is married to Captain Mario Carpanzano (a Stamford Native), and they have two children, Canio and Fia. Josie is currently working in the City of Stamford Department of Operations, and she serves as a member of the Patriotic and Special Events Commission. Her military awards include the Bronze Star Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, the National Defense Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, an Operation Iraqi Freedom Service Medal, a Meritorious Unit Citation, an Army Service Ribbon and the Overseas Service Ribbon

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Maj. Josie Carpanzano

2018

Chip began his career in the grocery business before he could even ride a bike, working for his grandfather Salvatore Sr., sweeping floors, separating and cleaning bottles, and stocking shelves in the family's first store located in the Shippan section of Stamford.

 

When Chip's father Dominick opened the Neighborhood Market in Darien, Chip was one of his first employees. Then in the late '50s, Chip's father and his two brothers, Rocky and Sam, joined forces to convert the old Hueber Ice Cream Factory into the first Grade A Market, which still stands across the street from their original store.

 

Chip was drafted into the Army in 1966 and entered basic training at Ft. Dix, New Jersey, before assignment to Ft. McPherson, in Atlanta. Shortly after, Chip shipped off to Germany with the 3rd Missile Battalion, Nike Missile Hercules Unit, achieving the rank of Specialist 5, with Top Secret clearance. Honorably discharged in 1968, Chip rejoined the family business, married his high school sweetheart Nancy in 1969, and has managed the nonperishable side of the business ever since, which has grown to include the 11 stores which make up the ShopRite Grade A Markets.

 

Chip has loyally served the Connecticut Food Association as a member of the Board of Directors for over 30 years where he's acted in many different capacities like running conventions and liaising with local, state and federal officials, legislators and lobbyists. Chip's many contributions led to his selection as the first inductee in the CFA Hall of Fame.

 

Chip has also given much to the communities where the Grade A stores are located. He is a lifelong member of the Stamford Italian Center, where he's served as a Director for the last 15 years. He has also served in a variety of leadership roles at St Leo's Church for over three decades.

 

Chip enjoys travelling with his family, especially to Italy, playing golf and spending time with his children, and especially his grandchildren.

 

Chip resides in Stamford with his wife Nancy. His daughter Jennifer and her husband Jason Christe, along with his son Dominick and wife Lisa and their twin children, Salvatore and Sofia also live here.

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Salvatore "Chip" Cingari

2018

Ralph is a Stamford born, Stamford educated veteran, having attended Stevens Elementary, Cloonan Junior High and Stamford High Schools, where he graduated in 1964. He then attended vocational school in Norwalk where, after a six-month masonry program, he graduated at the top of his class.

 

Ralph was just 18 years old and "on his way", with a car, a girlfriend and a nascent career in a trade he loved when in May of 1965 he was drafted into the United States Army. After reporting to Ft. Dix that December for basic training, he was shipped to Ft. Campbell in Kentucky for combat training in preparation for deployment in the jungles of Southeast Asia. In early 1966 he boarded a troop ship along with 4,000 other G.I.s and U.S. Marines, where he spent 30 days tossed in rough seas before his arrival in Vietnam. There he was stationed with the 573 Direct Support Outfit in Pleiku Province until at just 19 years of age, he was dispatched with 250 others near the DMZ where they served in a variety of support roles for other G.I.s and Marines, like guarding the perimeter of their fire base and going on patrols to locate North Vietnamese troops.

 

Near the end of Ralph's 13-month tour he was given what has proven to be the most impactful assignment of his military career, though it was just three days long. Ralph was assigned to escort 75 young souls who had made the ultimate sacrifice to the mortuary in Saigon, where he helped ready them for their final trip home.

 

After his return to the States, Ralph married that same girlfriend and they had two sons, first Ralph, Jr. and then Joseph, and he established a successful masonry business in Stamford. Together with his second wife, the former Phyllis Silvester, he is now the proud grandfather of ten.

 

In the years since, Ralph has been inspired to turn the anguish of those three days in Saigon into a mission, collecting funds for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund in New York. Started by the Fisher family, the organization assists our heroes and their families returning from the wars overseas.a

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Ralph Del Veccihio

2018

Mickey was raised and educated in Stamford, having received his high school degree from J.M. Wright Technical School. By that time, however, Mickey had already been working part time at Springdale Florist for five years and had been a member of the U.S. Army Reserves for two, having completed his basic training in 1956 at age 17. After graduation in 1958 Mickey was called to active duty in Fort Dix, N.J. In 1961 he was again placed into active duty in Fort Bragg, N.C., due to the escalating tensions between East and West Germany and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Two years later Mickey went back on standby, and returned to Stamford and Springdale Florist, now as a full-timer, and he received his honorable discharge in 1964. Mickey purchased the business in 1973, which has been a Stamford and Darien institution ever since.

After the service, Mickey became involved with the Springdale VFW Post 9617, including by transporting veterans like Post Commander James Nestor to and from the VA Hospital in New Haven. He has also been active in the Old Timers' Associations of both Stamford and Darien, as well as the State Street Debating Society. As the community minded owner of Springdale Florist he has donated over 100,000 roses to cancer patients at the Bennet Cancer Center at the remarkable pace of 100 per week, not only to deliver some beauty, but also so that they never forget that there is someone out there who cares about them. He also donates centerpieces for the annual Breast Cancer Luncheon and now raises funds for the Brian Bill Monument, among many other charitable causes.

Tonight's honor is not the only one Mickey has received for his many sacrifices and kindnesses. A flag was flown over the U.S. Capitol in his honor in 1991. In 1993 he was honored by the Springdale VFW, Stamford Firefighters Local 786 and Mayor Stanley Esposito even proclaimed a day in his honor. He has been the State Street Debating Society's Man of the Year and the Darien Old Timers' Community Civic Award winner. In 2002 he was appointed as an Honorary Deputy Police Chief by the Stamford PD. and earned the Fraternal Order of Elks Citizenship Award. He has been honored by the American Legion and was named Grand Marshal for the Stamford Veteran's Day Parade, an honor that he also received in 2009 for the Darien Memorial Day Paradea

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Michael "Mickey" Doyle

2018

Bob was a member of Rippowam High School's class of 1965, a tumultuous year both in the United States and overseas. Already instinctively called to service, Bob began his military career as a volunteer, joining the ranks of the U.S. Navy.

After basic training, Bob was assigned on an LST (Landing Ship, Tank) in Little Creek, Va. before being transferred for assignment to Newport, R.I., on a Destroyer Escort. Eventually this lead to an assignment as a shipboard firefighter in a damage control group where he reached the rank of Machinist Mate Second Class before receiving his honorable discharge. That's also where Bob was first inspired to seek a career as one of "Stamford's Bravest" in the City of Stamford Fire Department.

After sitting for and passing the firefighting exam in 1970, Bob was quickly hired at the rank of firefighter, where he first became recognized as a valued member, and over time an inspiring leader of the department. During his 41-year career here, Bob rose through the ranks, all the way to Fire Chief, where he served with distinction until his retirement in 2011.

However, Bob soon discovered that he was not quite ready to retire, and so that September he was hired as the Fire Chief for the Stratford Fire Department, where he still proudly serves as head of the department.

During his employment in Stratford, Bob, with the help of his dedicated firefighters and officers, has made numerous improvements by upgrading training, apparatus, safety awareness and by upgrading its Standard Operating Procedures, resulting in the upgrade of the Town of Stratford's fire service insurance rating. Not merely content to lead the department itself, Bob has also been deeply involved with the Stratford student mentor program, which is a program for at risk students at the high school level that he hopes just might turn out some future fire chiefs.

Bob resides in Stamford with his wife Patricia (Pat), as do their son Michael (with spouse Kim and Bob and Pat's grandchildren Aiden and Madelyn) and their daughter Megan McGrath, who is a teacher at Rippowam Middle School.

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Robert McGrath

2018

Lee was born in Prescott, Ark., but grew up about 100 miles to the northeast in Little Rock and North Little Rock. After graduating high school in 1949, Lee joined the U.S. Army in 1951 and was assigned to 373rd Armored Infantry Battalion in Germany where he attained the rank of Corporal. He received an honorable discharge in 1953 and returned to Arkansas where he enrolled in the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, home of the Golden Lions of the NCAA. After Lee achieved a Bachelor of Science degree in 1956, he was quickly hired by IBM and initially assigned to their Seattle, Wash. offices. After an admirable career that spanned more than three and a half decades in Office Administration, Marketing and Human Resources, Lee retired in 1992 and turned to fulfill his sense of civic responsibility in the not-for-profit sector.

 

Among Lee's charitable engagements were as Director of Human Resources for the Northside Center for Child Development in New York City, the Hall Neighbor House in Bridgeport and CTE Inc., here in Stamford. Not content to merely work nine-to-five in the nonprofit sector, Lee also volunteered his time for organizations like the Stamford Fair Housing Commission and the Personnel Commission for the City of Stamford, where he served as its Chair for three years. And there's more: Lee has also volunteered for the National Urban League Black Executive Exchange Program, the United States Department of Labor Youth Motivation Task Force and the Urban League of Southwestern Connecticut, where he also served as Chair. He's also been a board member for the Yerwood Center and currently serves on the board of the Pacific House (formerly the Shelter for the Homeless).

 

Lee still enjoys tennis, cooking and poker, and he loves living here in Stamford with his wife Ruby.

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Leroy "Lee" Terrell

2018

Jessica Aguirre

2017

Erica Class

2017

Raymond Ketchum

2017

Thomas Morelli

2017

Tyrsa Pratcher

2017