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
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
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.