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Tim Considine Jr. celebrated on Senior Night at THS.

POSTED February 20, 2015
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: It was kind of appropriate that the lone senior on the Torrington boys’ basketball team was Tim Considine Jr.

On Senior Night at the Connie Donahue Gymnasium, the Raiders honored their senior, a young man who has gone through his share of tough times over the past three years with none of it having to do with action on the hardwood.

Back on October 12, 2102, Tim Considine Sr. was taken from his loving family and two boys, Tim and Brian, after a valiant battle with ALS.

At the time, nobody knew how this would affect the two young men left behind or their Rock of Gibraltar mother, Cheryl.

High School is a critical time for any kid, going through it with two parents is not an easy task with everything that comes from being a teenager.

Many a family has lost a loved one at a terrible young age, not all have the support system that the Considine family has been able to lean on when times got tougher.

At each and every home game for his entire career, members of this tight knit community could always be seen across from the Raiders bench, right near half court so they could catch all the action.

On the wall of the gym under baseball is a couple of All-State guys named Considine; Jim in 1977 and Tim Sr. in 1981.

If he looked across that court, Tim Jr. would see his Uncles, Bob and Jim, with their families at nearly every game.

All Tim Jr. had to do was look to his left and see his cousin, Christine Strawson Gamari, at the scorer’s table and his coach is Eric Gamari, who is married to Christine. His Aunt Pat was never far away, usually taking care of the remarkably cute Maya, daughter of Eric and Christine.

Family surrounded this young man for four years and will do so far into the future.

Cousins Rachel and Kelly Considine were regulars as well as was his Aunts, Susan and Michelle. John Strawson is never absent.

They say it takes a village and the foundation of this community is beyond strong and it is certainly long lasting.

The Raiders would win this game by a 76-67 final over Woodland, but it was almost secondary to what was most important on Friday night.

A young man who had lost his father at a very critical time in his life was crossing another milestone and had made his family proud along the way.

Considine Jr. is contemplating several colleges, one of them being James Madison University, a school attended by a very close friend of the family, one Michael Fabiaschi and fellow Raider basketball standout.

Congratulations to you, Timothy from a fellow Timothy. Continued success in the future and with the help of your remarkable family, your future looks bright.

Just remember dad will always be looking down with an Irish grin that says it all.

Family, Faith and Friends.

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