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A Fortunate Journey with Lindy Remigino

Created at 7/12/2018 5:04 PM  by Ron Knapp 
Last modified at 7/13/2018 9:00 AM  by Ron Knapp 

On Wednesday afternoon the world of track and field lost another legend as Lindy J. Remigino passed away at his Newington, Connecticut home in the loving care of his family. As my cherished father-in-law and mentor, Lindy was instrumental in the founding of in 2000. The following is shared as my special tribute to Lindy and our family.

Lindy and Ron

Dear Lindy,

Little did I realize the life journey I was starting on when I met your daughter Betty in the Fall of 1982 at the University of Connecticut. The genuine welcome from you and June to your family that was evident from the start was probably helped by our shared love of track and field, something that I gained by experiences at UConn under the tutelage of Bob Kennedy and Bill Kelleher.

My initial awe and amazement of your Olympic gold medal feats as well as your legendary coaching accomplishments was overcome by your genuine humility and the simple kindness shown by you and June by including me in activities at your Newington home. While activities included the normal birthday celebrations there were also the seasonal pre-track meet sessions at the dining room table.

I remember one of those first sessions during one spring weekend where Betty and I had stopped by the house to say hello that morphed into a work session of filling-out the small bib cards for several hundred athletes who were competing at your prestigious Hartford Public High School Outdoor Track and Field Invitational. As I looked around the table at the other ‘volunteers’ hard at work I remember feeling humbled by the years of experience of yourself, Bill Baron, Dick Brimley and Irv Black. During our many pre-meet gatherings since that day I would always look back and recall the hard work, patience and dedication required to successfully manage our track and field or cross-country invitational meets.

Another part of your personality that was always on display that has served me well in life is the notion of remembering the past to help in paying it forward to a new generation. I’m unsure if you knew you displayed this characteristic but your care for maintaining the state records for decades as well as making sure to get the correct details for each new performance is now a staple of my administration of our state records. This quality was certainly the basis for founding as we changed from hardcopy to on-line distribution of meet records, results and news. The standards of reporting that you influenced will continue to be an integral part of the site.

I’ve enjoyed and been blessed by a truly fortunate life with our family in sharing experiences with you that had included Betty’s UConn coaching accomplishments, your son Michael’s high school and collegiate track success, grandson Greg Moulthrop at Granby, Tom, Brian and Kelly Geer while at Glastonbury and my son Dave and daughter Liz on teams at Conard. The journey has now come full circle as I returned to coaching as an assistant at Conard High School for track and field and cross country that allowed me the opportunity to mentor your grandsons Matthew and Tyler. You will certainly be with me everyday during practice and at meets.

God bless your final trip home,