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Dino Andrew Malogrides of Cocoa Beach, Florida, died Saturday, February 23, 2013, at a local hospice facility.
The funeral will be on March 2, 2013, at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Norwich, CT. Burial will be directed by Labenski Funeral Home, also located in Norwich, at Maplewood Cemetery.
Mr. Malogrides was born July 3, 1916, in Norwich, CT, a son of Andrew and Anna Senta Malogrides. He was a graduate of Norwich Free Academy (NFA), and attended the University of Alabama in 1936. Dino was president of the Norwich Little League Baseball Association from 1962-1965. He was instrumental in the building of the little league complex in Norwich. Dedication of the complex was made in 1975, and named the Dino Malogrides Little League Complex. As a result of his untiring efforts, Dino received the Norwich sports hall of fame award in 1976. In 1988, Dino was entered into the NFA basketball hall of fame and was the first freshman in the history of NFA athletics to earn a varsity letter in basketball.
During World War II, Dino worked for the war department, ordnance division, as a chief resident inspector for war material. Dino was instrumental in the timely fielding of the M-1 Garand Rifle for our military services. In 1947, Dino opened Dino's Music Shop and eventually Craig's Inc.,in the formerly known Eaton Chase Company on Main Street in Norwich. In 1961, Dino joined United Technology, Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford. Upon transfer to the North Haven Plant in 1977, Dino was promoted to supervisor of the quality assurance division. Dino retired in 1987.
During Dino's lifetime, he was very active in music and sports. In the early years he was the band leader of the "Terrace Gables", providing the "Big Band" sound throughout the New England and the Florida area. Dino also officiated college football in the New England football conference and sponsored and coached a semi-professional basketball team in the Norwich Bulletin Basketball Tournament.
Prior to retirement from United Technology, in 1982 Dino became part owner of Dino's Jazz Lounge in Cocoa Beach, Florida, and in 1990 Dino moved to his present address in Cocoa Beach.
Surviving are his wife, Marion Yonclas Malogrides of Willimantic, CT; three sons, LTC (Ret. USA) Byron A. Malogrides (Diane) of Odenton, MD, Craig Malogrides (Linda) of St. Petersburg Beach, FL, and Drew J. Malogrides of Cocoa Beach, FL; four granddaughters, Heather L. Malogrides of Hong Kong, Meredith A. Brandenburg of Laurel, MD, Nicole Graham of Orlando, FL, and Samantha Plate of St. Petersburg, FL; two grandsons, Jeff Malogrides of St. Petersburg, FL, and Max Berk of St. Petersberg, FL.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 247 Washington Street, Norwich, CT. 06360.
Condolences may be shared at www.wyliebaxliemerrittisland.com.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Feb. 28, 2013
Labenski Funeral Home
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