2012 Year in Review...July.#1..Tim Considine. Faith, Family and Friends.
TORRINGTON: Faith, Family and Friends.
Pat Strawson was looking at a wristband that she was wearing with those words printed on it as she talked about the fight her brother, Tim Considine was waging against Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
“It’s what my brother believes in more than anything else.” Strawson said. “It gives each of us strength to keep on fighting this with him.”
Considine, the youngest of four siblings at 48, was diagnosed with the disease in February which was brought to the forefront by former New York Yankee great Lou Gehrig, who was forced to retire from baseball back in 1939 and passed in 1941.
A young, energetic father of two boys, Tim Jr. and Brian and husband to Cheryl, Considine is, to say the least, well known throughout the greater Torrington area and beyond.
“Friend’s and co-workers have been stopping by to see him every day.” Strawson said. “It’s been overwhelming. The outpouring of support has been beyond believe.”
To celebrate a life that has effected so many in a positive, upbeat way, a group of family and friends has put together a day for Considine.
On July 28, a Tim Considine Appreciation Day will be held at Jim Mazzerelli’s Action Wildlife on Goshen Road.
A very humble and unassuming man, Considine agreed to the day with the stipulation that it be held at a place that kids would enjoy going to.
He is a Torrington High School graduate (1985) who loved sports and played baseball and basketball, Considine became actively involved in coach over the last decade.
He led teams in the Torrington Little League, the Pal Basketball Travel team and at St Peter’s and St Francis School in Torrington on the hardwood.
Friends and family have showed up with meals each day to take the pressure of Cheryl, who is busy tending to her husband.
“One thing I know.” Strawson said. “Is that Torrington shows up for one of their own. The positive support is empowering.”
I talked with a good friend of Tim’s, Chris Lovallo who spoke in glowing terms about a man who “has lived and exemplary life.”
“He could fit in anywhere and got along with everybody.” Lovallo said. “When you go and visit him, it’s bittersweet. You feel bad but also incredibly uplifted, it’s hard to explain.”
Tickets to the July 28 event can be purchased at Jimmy’s Store, Carbone’s Market, Alfredo’s Deli, Carvel’s or Hair Spray Salon, all in Torrington.
Those interested can also contact Jim Considine at 860-485-1856 or Pat Strawson at 860-482-2116.
The cost of the buffet dinner is $20.00 for adults while children ages 6-12 cost but $5.00 with kids 5 and under free.
It’s often been said that tough times bring out the best in people and this is one shining example of people forgetting their day-to day trials and tribulations for the greater cause.
To be able to tell a person who has made a difference in your life that you appreciate what they did for you is a tremendous gift that hundreds, if not more, will get a chance to do on July 28.
On that day a very basic but remarkable tradition will take place.
We will all assemble to break bread and have a meal with a tremendous man who may not understand what all the fusing is about but will see how he has made a profound difference in the life’s of countless others.
It will be a profound and unforgettable event; count on it.
Donations can also be made with all proceeds going to a fund that is being set up for Tim Jr. and Brian.
The address for Trust fund donations is: Stephen Drew, PO Box 1182, Stratford, CT 06614.