The Obit For Willie Lovallo

William A. "Willie" Lovallo
(June 23, 1931 - Feb. 17, 2011)

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 teams.

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 good friends.

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 a.m.

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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