A. "Willie" Lovallo
(June 23, 1931 - Feb.
Published in The Register
Citizen on February 21, 2011
TORRINGTON - William
A. `Willie` Lovallo, 79, of Mortimer St., Torrington entered eternal life
Feb. 17, 2011, at Connecticut Hospice in Branford with his wife by his
side. He was the beloved husband of 28 years to Maria (LaBoda) Lovallo.
Willie was born on June 23, 1931 in Torrington, son of the late Daniel
and Antoinette (Corbo) Lovallo. A carpenter by trade for 45 years, he
was employed by O & G Industries for 30 years.
A sports enthusiast with a passion for baseball, he was a member of the
Torrington American Legion Team when they won the Regional Title in 1947.
He then played semi-pro baseball in the Cotton League for Alabama / Florida
from 1950-1952 where at the first base position he was chosen to be a
member of the All Star Game.
From 1952 to 1955 he was a member of the professional baseball team `House
of David`, and traveled with the team all over the United States, British
Columbia and Toronto as a pitcher.
Willie had fond memories of playing against the great Satchel Paige and
his team, the Globetrotters and he also played against the AAGPBL, among
them the great Dottie Schroeder, whose life inspired the movie "League
of Their Own." Willie also loved horse racing, and at one time he
co-owned two thoroughbreds.
He was a past member of the Local 210 Carpenters Union, a past president
of the Varsity Alumni Club; he was a lifelong communicant of St. Peter
Church, and member of the St. Peter Holy Name Society. Willie loved to
play golf and achieved 3 `holes in one` at Eastwoods Country Club where
he was a member for many years and was a member of the Eastwoods Retiree
Golf League as well as many other golf leagues. He was a avid Yankee Baseball
fan, and was a fan of the UCONN men`s and women`s Basketball and Football
In addition to his wife Maria, he is survived by three step-sons, Marcel
Blanchet of Branford, CT, Eugene Blanchet of Woodbury, CT and Eric Blanchet
of Sulton, WA; three sisters, Mollie Ciccarone of Ft. Lauderdale, Nancy
Anderson and Antoinette LePage, both of Miami, FL; 12 grandchildren; beloved
nephews, Chris Lovallo and Dan Lovallo both of Torrington, Richard Lovallo
of Hebron as well as several other loving nieces, nephews, grand nieces
and nephews who reside throughout the United States.
Willie was a very kind and gentle man, and he will also be missed by many
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Daniel, Leonard and two sisters,
Marie and Erminia.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011 at 10:30 a.m.
from Cook Funeral Home, 82 Litchfield St., Torrington to St. Peter Church,
107 East Main St., Torrington for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00
Burial will follow in St. Peter Cemetery. Calling hours will be held on
Monday, Feb. 21, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Cook Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that memorial donations be
made in Willie`s name to St. Peter Church, c/o The Pastoral Center, 160
Main St., Torrington, CT 06790 or to St. Peter Holy Name Society, c/o
Ron Martin, Treasurer, 416 Westledge Drive, Torrington, CT 06790 or to
ALS, CT Chapter, 4 Oxford Road, Unit 4D, Milford, CT 06460, or to Project
Main St., for ALS, 244 Fifth Ave., Suite 2417, New York, NY 10001 or to
CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405 or to VNS, 65 Commercial
Blvd., Torrington, CT 06790.
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