STRATFORD–The Stratford Old Timers Athletic Association will honor a group of seven at its 54th Annual Golden Crown Awards Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., at the Oronoque Country Club.
One of those being honored will be Patricia A. “Tish” Morrissey, who will receive the SOAA’s Micki Stratton Award that evening.
The youngest of Bob and Jo Morrissey’s five children, Tish graduated from Bunnell High School, Bridgeport Hospital School of Respiratory Therapy, the University of New Haven, Quinnipiac School of Law and Fairfield University.
Tish’s first softball endeavor was with the Raybestos Knot Hole Club.
There was no girls softball league in Stratford at the time, but thankfully Nails Dinihanian started a girls’ baseball league at the urging of his daughter Luanne.
She also competed in tennis tournaments throughout New England.
Morrissey played basketball and softball at Flood Junior High, before moving on to Bunnell, where she participated in volleyball and softball and has fond memories of playing for coach Manning Harvey.
Tish continued to play softball in the women’s league for Mike’s Pizza, the co-ed league with the Young Republicans, the Stratford EMS and the “Legal League” for the Courthouse team.
Other sports-related activities include coaching various levels of softball, volunteering as a lifeguard, a swim instructor to those with special needs, and as a tennis instructor to beginners.
She also has volunteered as a field and site supervisor for basketball and soccer, basketball coach and a soccer referee at Sterling House.
Tish, who is a guidance counselor at Stratford H.S., stands out for the unselfish giving of her own time for the benefit of the community.
She became a Stratford EMT in 1983, volunteering for thousands of hours and with many great people such as Molly Chatlos, Bob Mastroni, and John and Micki Stratton.
She would occasionally fill in on shifts with Micki and John at the Lordship station.
Tish learned a great deal from Micki as an EMT, a person, and a leader and tries to emulate her as she continues to volunteer with youth and adults in the Stratford Community.
Tickets ($40 each), table reservations of 10 and ads for the program book can be reserved by contacting SOAA president and dinner co-chairman Bob Mastroni, 1432 Main St., Stratford, CT 06615; or by e-mail at email@example.com or via phone at 203-362-5675.
The doors will open at 6 p.m.
All tickets must be paid for in advance and no tickets will be sold at the door.
Also being honored are Patti Fernandez, Ed Rooney and Ed Yearwood, who will receive Golden Crown Athletic Achievement Awards.
Special recognition will also be accorded to Ray Bastarache (Alvin “Bud” Russell Award), Mike LaPia (Jack Geary Award), and Bill O’Brien (Tim Ramik Award).