The Obit For Anthony DeFrancesco

Anthony J. "Tut" DeFrancesco

Published in The New Haven Register on November 15, 2012

Anthony John "Tut" DeFrancesco, 90, of Branford, died Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at Connecticut Hospice following a short illness. He was born in New Haven on October 18, 1922, son of the late Vito and Antoinette Carbone DeFrancesco.

He is survived by his wife, Rosemarie Zeoli DeFrancesco, sister Rachel Burton of Wilmington, DE, and brothers, Vito "Lefty" DeFrancesco of New Haven and Raymond DeFrancesco of Branford, along with numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a sister, Rose and brothers, Salvatore and Michael.

Tut graduated from Hillhouse High School in 1940. While serving as a tool maker at Winchester Repeating Arms, he played for the Boston Red Sox farm system.

Following World War II Naval service in the Pacific Theater, he began his college career under the GI Bill. He received his BS in Education from New Haven State Teachers College (now Southern Connecticut State University) in 1950 and played on its first football team.

He remained active with the athletic programs as an assistant coach for over 20 years. He received his Master's from the Teachers College at Columbia University and advanced degrees from the Universities of Connecticut and Bridgeport.

Tut taught in the Milford School System from 1950-52 and then served as principal of West River School, Kay Avenue School and Simon Lake School. He also held the position as assistant superintendent in charge of business. Tut retired from education in 1977.

Upon his retirement, he served as part owner and comptroller of H. H. Perkins Company. His connections to Southern Connecticut State University remained strong through the years as he served as President of the Alumni Association and Alumni Director.

Additionally, he developed and ran a successful world travel program for alumni. An avid golfer, he was also a member of Racebrook Country Club for over 38 years.

Calling hours will be Friday, November 16th from 4 - 7 pm at the W. S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, 244 North Main St., Branford. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, November 17th, at 10:00 at St. Mary Church, Branford.

Entombment in St. Lawrence Mausoleum, West Haven, will follow.

Memorial donations may be sent to either Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405 or the SCSU Foundation (Rose DeFrancesco Scholarship Fund in memo line) Southern Connecticut State University Development Office, 501 Crescent Street, New Haven, CT 06515.