A REMEMBRANCE: Tony Mingrone made a difference in Shelton

The sign for Tony Mingrone Little League Field at Riverview Park in Shelton. Tony Mingrone died on Dec. 22.
The sign for Tony Mingrone Little League Field at Riverview Park in Shelton. Tony Mingrone died on Dec. 22.

The following article was submitted on Anthony Mingrone of Shelton, who died on Dec. 22 at age 86. His funeral was on Saturday.

As many of you know, Tony Mingrone was a very special person in many ways. First, as a family man, and one who was always there for his community.

He was a dedicated member and contributor to the Shelton Little League. As Alderman Stanley Kudej (Second Ward) can tell you, there wasn't a Little League-related project Tony Mingrone was not ready for. In tribute to his many good deeds, the Little League field at Riverview Park was named in his honor several years ago.

Tony Mingrone was the first carpentry shop instructor at Emmett O'Brien Technical School in Ansonia when it opened in 1972.  He was a true craftsman who taught many of the men and women who work today as carpenters in the Valley.

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Tony was also a big supporter of St. Vincent de Paul Society, which is now located on Route 34 in Derby. About two months ago I attended a meeting with Tony to review the final drawings for an addition to the building that is scheduled to be built in 2015.

Without a doubt he was a man who made a difference in the lives of others, and it was always a positive one,

Sense of humor and wit

I was lucky enough to visit him last and although he was failing, his sense of humor and wit came through even if it was in whispered tones.

Tony Mingrone will be missed by family, friends and the community. Shelton’s great loss is heaven’s gain.

Please donate any of your gently-used clothing, toys, videos, household items and food to the St. Vincent de Paul Society in his honor. I'm sure he would appreciate your support for the St. Vincent de Paul programs.

Anthony F. Simonetti is chairman of the Shelton Republican Town Committee as well as an alderman for the First Ward.