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REIDY, Christopher Christopher F. Reidy, 43, of Hebron, beloved husband and father and former sports editor at the Hartford Courant, died Wednesday (March 19, 2008) at home after a courageous fight with colon cancer. Born September 5, 1964, in Largo, FL, to Frank and Joyce (Moore) Reidy, Chris was a 1982 graduate of Largo High School. He later attended the University of Florida in Gainsville and left with a degree in journalism and an unwavering loyalty to Gator football. Over the 15 years he worked at the Courant, Chris was a copy editor, slot editor and layout editor. He also served as college football editor, responsible for the paper's former "Sidelines" section of Division I college football. Known for producing clean copy as an editor and entertaining stories as a writer, Chris was especially valued for his good humor with co-workers and his one-on-one work with writers. Prior to the Courant, Chris was assistant sports editor and high school sports editor at the Anchorage Times in Alaska and sports writer and copy editor at the Gainsville Sun. Chris' passion for sports included soccer- an interest that led him to become a volunteer coach for the Hebron Soccer Association as soon as his daughter, Carolyn, could connect with the ball. Over the years, he coached girls from first through eighth grade, enjoying every minute of his time spent on the field with his kids. Along with his daughter and mother, Chris is survived by his loving wife, Mary Wilson; a sister, Cathy Gill, and her husband, Art Gill, of St. Petersburg, FL; his "band of brothers" Andrew Hauser, Steve Carney, Robert Doyle, Tony Staszewski, Bill Tonnies and Mark Matulenko; extended family Jan and Sherman Tarr of South Windsor; a niece and two nephews; and his TFL clan. Calling hours will be from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the Belmont Funeral Home, 144 S. Main St. Colchester. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Church of the Holy Family, 185 Church St. Hebron. Interment will follow in the New Hebron Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hebron Soccer Association, P.O. Box 252, Hebron, CT 06248

Published in The Hartford Courant on Mar. 21, 2008
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