A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Friday, Oct. 30, at 5 p.m., at the entrance to the Joseph Fontana sports complex at Southington High School. The ceremony will commemorate the renaming of the walkway to the Community Turf Field in honor of the late Dom D’Angelo.
D’Angelo, a member of the 2010 inaugural class the Southington Sports Hall of Fame, was a combat medic in World War II, serving with the 8th Armored Division under General George Patton.
He was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor when he rescued wounded soldiers trapped by deadly artillery fire. He was later part of the force that liberated the German death camp at Dachau.
When he returned home, D’Angelo served as the Director of the Southington YMCA and was an educator, coach, mentor and athletic director at Southington High School.
D’Angelo coached football for Southington High School for 21 years (1967-1987) and had an overall record of 113-86-11. D’Angelo’s teams out-scored opponents by almost 1,000 points and went 19-2 on Thanksgiving Day. The D’Angelo-led Knights earned four conference titles and one state championship appearance.
Off the field, D’Angelo established the Gridiron Club and served as Southington’s athletic director from 1962 to 1987.