October 01, 2015
"To the Morrone Family,
As a UConn Alumni ('83), I had the privilege of seeing many games during my Storrs years and meeting Joe when I ran a Soccer Tourney in the Towers Quad. He was responsible for beginning a soccer fan culture at UConn which carries to this day as I attend matches for my local MLS and USL teams. All comfort to you all during a difficult time."
September 30, 2015
"Although I played soccer at Middlebury College, Joe Morrone was my first coach. Let me explain: busy as he was as the varsity coach at the College, Joe found the time to run a recreational program for the town kids, at the Rec Park (around 1961). The crowning achievement was to play at halftime of a College game, where I had to guard the 24' goal, unsuccessfully once. This did not spoil me for soccer! I went on to play, referee, and coach, winning championships with former Middlebury teammates, with former Middlebury High School players I had coached, and with Missisquoi Valley UHS.
Thanks to a great start from Joe, I will play and coach soccer until I can no longer move. He was much more than a small pebble, sending waves of soccer in every direction! Joe also found the time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Middlebury Men's Soccer recently, and he was as classy and animated as ever. RIP Coach, You Will Be Loved Forever."
(St Albans, VT)
September 29, 2015
"To Billy and the entire Morrone family,
I'm so sorry for the loss of your father, Big Joe. He was larger than life! I fondly remember him coaching our classmates on and off the field at Mansfield Youth Soccer, E.O. Smith and UCONN. At UCONN in 1981, I remember your goal and how proud I was of you and to know you were my friend as well as hear your dad remember the events with all his animation. He was a great man and I know he will live on through you and your siblings."
Roxann Lang Mankouski
September 26, 2015
"Please accept my condolences for your loss. One can never be prepared for the empty void that's left when a loved one dies. Our Creator promises to give you the strength to live each day without. He says "I have heard your prayers, I have seen your tears" . I will heal you. 2 Kings 20:5. -"
September 26, 2015
"All the Members of Joe Morrone's Family,
In this time of sadness please reflect on the tremendous impact that Joe, the Man and the Soccer Coach, had on so many people ( young and old ). He set standards in discipline, work ethic and dedication that players and fellow coaches are to this day trying to follow. I will always remember is commitment to do the best you can.
Allan S. Wilson
University of Hartford
1971 - 1986"
(N. Falmouth, MA)