SAPKO Paul J. Sapko, age 79, of Bungay, Road, Seymour, died on Friday, February 4, 2005, at Griffin Hospital after a long illness. He was the husband of Alyce Waskewicz Sapko of Seymour. Mr. Sapko was born in Seymour on September 15, 1925, son of the late Paul and Julia (Adarnico) Sapko. Mr. Sapko was an outstanding basketball player at Seymour High School where, in 1943 he was a member of Seymour's first team to win a Housatonic League Championship. After High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and participated in the allied invasion of Europe through Normandy, at Omaha Beach, on D-Day, June 6, 1944. He was a crewmember aboard LST 372. After the war, he obtained a bachelor's degree at Arnold College and a master's degree at Southern Connecticut State University, and played basketball with the Ansonia Vets and in the Catskill Mountains Summer League alongside Bob Cousy. Mr. Sapko taught at the LaSalle Academy in Providence, R.I., Notre Dame High School in West Haven, the Seymour Public Schools and the North Haven Public Schools. During these years, he coached a variety of sports including basketball, baseball, football and softball. In 1975, he coached the North Haven freshman baseball and softball team to a state championship, and in 1977, finished his freshman baseball coaching career with an 81-win 7-loss record. In Seymour, he was an assistant coach in the George J. Hummell Little League, Senior Girls Divisions and directed the Summer Recreation program for 12 years. Mr. Sapko's greatest joy was spending time with his family. He enjoyed being with friends, playing golf, time with his pets, listening to music. walking and bicycle riding and reading books and watching documentaries about history. He never lost his passion for sports and was an avid fan of the UCONN men's and women's basketball programs and the Seymour High School football team. Beside his wife, he leaves a son, Paul J. Sapko Jr. and his wife, Pam of Kennett Square, Pa.; two daughters, Tania Sapko of Seymour, and Natalya Sapko of New Haven; one sister, Pearl Vimer of North Andover, Mass.; two grandchildren, Hannah and Larissa Sapko of Kennett Square, Pa. Several nieces and nephews and their families, all of whom, he cherished. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 5 p.m. a the Ralph E. Hull Funeral Home, 161 West Church Street, Seymour. Burial will be private. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2 p.m until time of service. Memorial contributions can be made to Griffin Hospital Development Fund or Griffin Hospital Hospice Care Program, 130 Division Street, Derby, CT 06418.
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Published in Connecticut Post on Feb. 6, 2005
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