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2014 Torrington Hall of Fame Inductee. Tim Considine Sr.

POSTED April 28, 2014
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: Tim Considine Sr. will be honored on Sunday night when the 2014 Torrington Hall of Fame inducts four new outstanding members.

Since losing this amazing man in 2012 to ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), not a day goes by that he is not in this community’s collective soul.

His tremendous love for every day he spent on this earth is what helps those who dearly miss him move on with their daily lives, he would not want people to be sad, he always thought of others first.

While we miss him, count on some stories of the unbridled joy this man brought to any who came in contact with him.

Smiles will win over tears, great memories will win over the trauma of losing him.

Hi niece, Christine Gamari, is a member of this year’s class and when you look around this gathering on a spring evening, those who remain are simply better off for having known Tim Considine Sr.

“God just loaned us Tim,” friend Tony Turina said. “He was given to us for a very short period of time but taught each of us so much.”

His love for life and the games he both played and coached are stories of great lore around here now.

“I played on some basketball teams with Tim,” THS girls head coach Mike Fritch remembered. “The joke was there was never enough shots when the two of us where on the court.”

Tim left behind a family that will surely be on hand on Sunday to celebrate the man with the quick wit, a smile that transcended and another opportunity to remember that borrowed time that Turina mentioned we all got.

His wife Cheryl and sons, Tim Jr and Brian along with his brothers Robert and James (also a HOF member) and sister Pat Strawson are as good a folks as you will ever be lucky enough to find in your journey through you daily life.

 Below is the bio info that will be read at the HOF ceremony.

                Tim Considine, THS class of 1981, was a Torrington High School athlete and community coach who will long be remembered for the positive impact he had on the youth of Torrington.

                 As a high school athlete, he exhibited his leadership skills as he captained the school’s basketball and baseball teams in 1981.  As a junior Tim batted .327 with 20 RBI’s playing as an infielder. During his senior year Tim batted .382 with 24 RBI”s and had a total of 15 extra base hits in only 17 games.    As a pitcher he was 2-0 with an earned run average of 0.49.  He not only led the Raiders to a league championship, but was   also named First Team All-NVL as well as being named to the Class L First Team All-State. Upon graduating from high school, he was a two-year member of the UCONN baseball team playing second base.  He graduated from UCONN in 1985.

                Tim was a beloved coach and family man who lost a short battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease in 2012. As an adult he coached Torrington Little League, Babe Ruth baseball, and PAL/Elks basketball.  He was an active volunteer at St. Peter/St. Francis School coaching the school’s basketball team and was a major volunteer/ coordinator for St. Francis School’s annual Wine-tasting event. For his volunteerism, he was the recipient of the Archdiocese of Hartford’s HOPES Award. (Help Our Parish Elementary Schools)

Tim was employed as Division Manager with Connecticut Distributors for twenty-six years. Married to Cheryl (Thayer) Considine, he leaves behind his two sons, Timothy Jr. and Brian.                       

Tim joins his brother, Jim Considine, and his niece, Christine Strawson Gamari, in the Torrington High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

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