Edward J. Hines Jr.

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Edward "Ted" J. Hines Jr., age 79 of Brookfield, died peacefully on Friday, July 2nd at Danbury Hospital. He was the husband of Claire M. (Kuhn) Hines. Ted was born June 19, 1931 in New Britain, the son of the late Edward J and Helen (Sullivan) Hines. He graduated from Springfield College with a degree in Physical Education and earned a MA in Education from Columbia University. He also received a 6th Year Advanced Professional Educators' Degree in Administration from Fairfield University. He served in the United States Army from 1956 to 1958. Ted was a gifted teacher who enjoyed every aspects of his career as an educator. He began his career as an elementary physical education teacher in New Britain. In 1960, he moved to Greenwich, where he taught first at Cos Cob Elementary School and several years later became a teacher and coach at Greenwich High School. In 1965, he joined the academic staff at WCSU. During his forty-year tenure at the University, he achieved the rank of full professor. In addition to teaching physical education and health courses, he also was varsity soccer coach, men's and women's tennis coach. He was honored and respected by the thousands of students he taught and coached. Throughout his career he earned many awards including the Civic Award for the Danbury Old Timers in 1998, Outstanding Teacher of the year, 1989, University Teacher of the year in 1993. He was also inducted into the WCSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001. He was committed to physical fitness and good health and he produced videotape entitled "Fitness and Wellness for the Senior Citizen." Ted was a member of the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and also ran the Danbury Town Park swim program for twenty years. He spent much of his life doing for others. He organized the "4 Mile Run for Fitness" and all of the proceeds went to local charities. He helped hundreds of people to quit smoking through the many smoking cessation clinics he ran. Ted will be sadly missed by his wife Claire; his son, Ted and his wife, Eileen Kelly of New City, N.Y.; and two daughters, Nicole Marmo and her husband, Anthony of Upper Saddle River, N.J. and Allyson Pineault and her husband, Ray of Glastonbury; as well as his nine grandchildren, Samantha, Madison, Tyler, Ashley, Ryan, Morgan, Conor, Aidan, and Julia. The family will receive friends at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main Street, Danbury on Tuesday July 6th from 4 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Josephs Church, Brookfield on Wednesday, July 7th at 10 a.m. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery, Middle Village, Queens, New York In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ted's memory to the Greenknolls YMCA, 2 Huckleberry Hill Road, Brookfield, CT 06804, Western Connecticut State University Scholarship Fund Office of Institutional Advancement, 181 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810 and Garden Academy School for Autism, P.O. Box 188 Maplewood, NJ 07040-0188.

Published in News Times on July 4, 2010
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