FARINA, JOSEPH R. Joseph R. Farina, beloved husband for 56 years to Rosemarie Caporale Farina, died Friday December 20, 2013 in the Hospital of St. Raphael, with his loving family by his side. Mr. Farina was born February 27, 1933, in Midland, PA, son of the late Joseph and Marionette Farina. He moved to New Haven when he was 11 and was a graduate of Wilbur Cross High School. Joe was a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He graduated from and played football at Southern Connecticut State University. He began his coaching career in 1957 at Southern and came to Branford High School in 1958 as an assistant coach. He returned to Southern to coach from 1960-1969 until returning to Branford as the head football coach and Physical Education teacher in 1969. He coached the Hornets for 10 years, retiring from coaching in 1978 and becoming the athletic director at BHS until 1992 when he retired from teaching. He was named “Coach of the Year” in 1975 by the National Football Foundation, and he coached in the Nutmeg Bowl in 1972 and 1976. He is a past president of the New Haven Board of Basketball Officials; he was a member of the Branford Gridiron Club, a past President of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame, a past President of the New Haven Tap-Off Club. Joe was also a co-founder of the Branford Hornet’s Nest Junior Football Program, a member of the American Football Coaches Association. He received the Distinguished American Award from the New Haven Tap-Off Club in 1987. He was inducted into the Branford Sports Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Branford Education Hall of Fame in 2002. He received the Boys and Girls Club Gold Ring in 2000, and the State of Connecticut Merit for Basketball in 2002. Joe was an avid fan of the NY Yankees and the NY Giants. During his career, Joe was teacher, a friend, and a true gentleman to all who crossed his path. Besides his wife, Joe is survived by his daughters, Denise Farina and Diane (Richard) Terrill, both of Branford. He was predeceased by his sister Theresa DeLucia. Friends may call Monday evening from 4-8 PM at the W. S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, 244 North Main St., Branford, and are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday morning at 10:00 in St. Mary Church, Branford. Burial will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery, Branford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, 135 Parkinson Ave., Staten Island, NY 10305, firstname.lastname@example.org. For directions and online memorial see www.wsclancy.com.
Published in The New Haven Register on Dec. 22, 2013
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