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Tributes come in for Joe Friscia. Pasta Supper to be held on Thursday from 5-9 p.m. at Chatterley's in Torrington.

POSTED September 15, 2016
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: As we prepare to celebrate a guy who has given so much to his community on Thursday night with a Pasta Supper at Chatterley’s in Torrington, friends of Joe Friscia, including two of the organizers of the event, weigh in on what makes this man so special.

Mario Longobucco: Head coach of the Torrington girls’ soccer team.  

“It’s pretty simple. Joe Friscia has been very supportive of anything that benefits Torrington High School Athletics. He is always available to help in any way that he can. Raising money, helping on the turf field, or sometimes, just with an encouraging word to the players or coaches.

Torrington has always answered the call when one of our fellow townspeople has fallen on tough times. Our town has changed a lot, but as long as we have that, it will still be a great place to live and work. 

I have coached Jimmy Friscia now for a few years in spring soccer. I am very fond of him and of Joe. When I heard about Joe’s illness, I, along with many, many others knew we needed to help.

He would do the same for us.

I’m sure the Frisca’s will find comfort in knowing that so many people care and they aren’t going thru this alone.”

State Representative Michelle Cook: “This is a story about a family that has been giving back to our communities and our schools for 13 years. Right now it’s our time to give back to them.   

I’ve known Joe and his family since they first moved here 13-years ago. His daughter (Jenn) and my daughter (Ashlynn) are the same age so we met that way and then became dear friends as the years went by.

The man has a love of sports, like I do so our paths were together most seasons. From baseball to basketball to softball to what have you.

Joe was also one of the biggest Torrington Twister fans we ever had. He did some of the announcing for us for a season or two. They are fixtures in this town.

They are humble people who didn’t want to ask for help but we said this was their turn to sit back and let us help you.

It’s the least we could do.

We hope we run out of pasta because so many people come out to supports this great family.”  

Kat Zagrodnik: Torrington alum, behavioral specialist at Litchfield High School.

“I will never forget the day I met Joe Friscia and his family. I was a Lady Raider practicing my three point shot at the Wolcott High School gym.  Joe, Leslie, Jenn and Jimmy walked in, sat down and unrolled a poster that read “Kat is Z Bomb!”  

I was honored that they not only did this for me, but for every Lady Raider on our team.  How awesome is that! Joe has such a great sense of humor along with a heart of gold, how do you not love a guy like him? 

His whole family is the most thoughtful, giving and generous family I have ever met.

Throughout the years, I have babysat Jenn and Jimmy, announced Torrington Titans games with Joe, sat at their dinner table countless times and ate one of Leslie’s delicious home cooked meals, attended soccer games, swim meets and basketball games, made s’mores by their fire pit, and went to Dairy Queen.  I was honored when they trusted me to babysit their children for a whole summer.

I will ALWAYS be there for them.  Joe, Leslie, Jenn and Jimmy, you all are wonderful and you have enriched my life in so many ways. I cannot thank you enough for all you have done for me and I will continue to do all I can for you.

I love you guys!”       

Kat Zagrodnik

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