A. Brissette Jr.
in The News & Observer on September 25, 2010
Alphonso Brissette, Jr. died peacefully at home under the loving care of his wife,
Estelle, and surrounded by family on September 23, 2010.
Born June 25,
1931, in Springfield, Massachusetts to Paul Sr. and Mary Vivenzio Brissette, Paul
was the second of five children. After graduating from Holy Cross College with
a Business Degree. Paul attended Law School at Western New England College before
being called to serve in the U.S. Army Special Services during the Korean War.
gifted athlete, Paul was an All-American high school football, basketball and
baseball player. His prowess led to his being offered a triple athletic scholarship
at Holy Cross College where he was an All-American baseball player, received the
Hall of Fame Award and played as second baseman on the 1952 NCAA Championship
team, a team that played in the college World series and was voted the 7th best
in college history. His years of high school and college stardom led to a brief
career in professional baseball playing for the Chicago White Sox.
the war Paul settled into what would prove to be a remarkable career as a television
executive. He got his start as an advertising salesman at Springfields WWLP-Channel
22, moved into management, and then ownership more than 32 television stations,
some radio stations, an outdoor advertising company, a weekly newspaper, and partial
ownership of a Chicago magazine company.
Pauls community involvement
included service as the President and Trustee of the Wilmington, N.C. YMCA, and
President of the Wilmington, N.C. Tennis Association. Paul was awarded the Lifetime
Achievement Award by the Wilmington YMCA, was voted the 46th Best Athlete of the
Century in Massachusetts and was honored this year by the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.
is survived by his wife, Estelle Tish Cook, who he met while playing
summer baseball in Nova Scotia; their three children, Gregory Paul (Simone), Stephen
Cook (Beth), Pamela Kathleen; six grandsons, Matthew Brissette, Ryan Brissette,
Kyle Heath, Paul Heath, Ethan Brissette and Nathaniel Brissette; his beloved sister,
Esther Brissette OConnor (Jack); brother, Larry Brissette; and sister, Barbara.
was predeceased by his brother, Bobby Brissette.
He leaves behind countless
friends, many friendships that he credits to what he referred to as the brotherhood
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and hospice
caregivers for their loving help and care.
A memorial service will be held
at St. Andrews on the Sound Episcopal Church on Monday, September 27, 2010 at
2:30 p.m. A reception will follow at 705 Planters Row (Landfall) Wilmington, NC.
considering a contribution are asked to consider the St. Andrews on the Sound
Episcopal Church Endowment Fund (910) 256-3034, Lower Cape Fear Hospice (910)796-7900,
or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, (910) 509-9793 for their kind memorials.
may be sent to the family at