The Obit For Hank Carnaroli

Henry "Hank" Carnaroli

Published in The Day on 2/7/2008.


Waterford - Mr. Henry "Hank" Carnaroli, 66, former New London High star athlete and professional baseball scout, of Waterford, passed away at his home on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008.

He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Carol Carnaroli; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Michael Hedge; son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Debi Carnaroli; grandchildren, Stephanie, Hannah and Nick Hedge, Joe Carnaroli, and Meredith Greene; great-grandchildren, Dominick Hedge and Michael Madre; brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Penny Carnaroli; sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Billy Gardner, and in-laws, Frances and Aubrey Lake.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Rudy and George, and sister, Priscilla.

He was born Feb.15, 1941 in New London, the son of Enrico and Stephania Murach Carnaroli.

Hank was a 1959 graduate of New London High School where he was a star athlete competing in both baseball as a catcher and football as a quarterback. Hank was a champion his entire life; many of his athletic accomplishments were legendary. He was a key member of the 1953 New London Little League State Championship Baseball Team and then later guided the 1957 New London Whalers to the State Baseball Championship as well. After high school, he signed to play professional baseball with the Baltimore Orioles and was a member of the Bluefield Orioles in 1959, rooming with the famous Baltimore Oriole first baseman Boog Powell. Hank also played professionally in Japan. Hank later became a professional baseball scout, scouting local talent for over 30 years with several major league teams including the Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers and recently for the Boston Red Sox.

A native of New London, Hank worked 29 years for the ITT Continental Baking Company.

Hank was a life long Notre Dame fan, growing up as a young boy listening to football games on the radio. He made several pilgrimages through the years to South Bend to watch his beloved Irish play. He was in attendance at the famous "Game of the Century" in 1988 when Notre Dame defeated the University of Miami 31-30 in one of the greatest games in the history of college football.

Hank will be remembered by his family and friends as a hard-working, caring man who lived his life doing the right things for the people who he cared for the most. He stood for strong family values, high moral character and the will to be the best in everything he did.

He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

The funeral will assemble at 9:15 a.m. Friday at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Ave., New London, and proceed to a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Joseph Church scheduled for 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Jordan Cemetery. Calling hours are Thursday evening from 6 to 8 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.

For directions or to sign Mr. Carnaroli's online guest book, please visit www.neilanfuneralhome. com.