Lindy Remigino, Olympic Champion Runner, Is Dead at 87
July 12, 2018
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Lindy Remigino, who had never won a major championship and was not even the best sprinter on his Manhattan College track team, but who nonetheless won the 1952 Olympic gold medal in the 100-meter dash in a monumental upset and then won a second gold medal in a relay, died on Wednesday at his home in Newington, Conn. He was 87.
His son, Mike, said the cause was pancreatic cancer.
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Remigino, Lindy [MC1953 RIP]
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[JR: First report from Alma Mater and also from Bob Cooney ’69 who sent the NYT link.]
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Lindy John Remigino
1931 – 2018
Lindy John Remigino, 87, passed away at his Newington, Connecticut home on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in the loving care of his family.
Born on June 3, 1931 in Corona, Queens, New York, Lindy moved to Hartford in 1937 with his parents Stefano and Rose (Strada) Remigino and brother Rudolph where he later attended Hartford Public High School. He used a full scholarship to Manhattan College to earn a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education.
In the iconic race of his life, Lindy upset the talented field to win the Olympic gold medal in the 100-meter Dash at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland. He then won his second gold medal as part of the U.S.4x100m relay team.
Upon his return from Helsinki, Lindy married June Haverty in 1953. He then became a physical education teacher and track and field and cross-country coach at Hartford Public High School in Hartford, Connecticut. For a span of over 40 years, he coached teams to 31 state championships that included many athletes as individual state champions and All-Americans. In addition to coaching, Lindy served as Meet Director of numerous State Championship and invitational track and cross-country meets, and he founded and was the Meet Director of the prestigious Hartford Public High School Invitational for 40 years (a meet that was later renamed in his honor). He was also highly regarded as a track official at meets such as the U.S. Indoor Championships and the Millrose Games where he officiated for 20 years.
Lindy was inducted into the Halls of Fame of several organizations, including USA Track and Field, the New York Athletic Club, the New York Armory Track Center, Manhattan College, the National Federation of High Schools, the Connecticut High School Coaches Association and Hartford Public High School. His 1952 Olympic 100 meters triumph is included in Bud Greenspan’s book, “100 Greatest Moments in Olympic History,” as well as his video “The World’s Fastest Humans.”
He is survived by his beloved wife for 65 years June (Haverty) Remigino, his daughter Patricia Geer and son-in-law Richard Geer of Glastonbury, CT; his daughter Elizabeth Remigino-Knapp and son-in-law Ronald Knapp of West Hartford, CT; his daughter Linda Moulthrop and son-in-law Jon Moulthrop of Haymarket, VA; his daughter Kathleen Remigino and partner Gail Briere of Rotonda West, FL; and his son Michael Remigino and daughter-in-law Meredith Remigino of West Hartford, CT. He also leaves 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents Stefano and Rose (Strada) Remigino and brother Rudolph. Lindy’s family would like to extend their thanks and gratitude to Dr. Jonathan Sporn and Nella Zydanowicz of The St. Francis Cancer Center, his aides Winifred and Nicki of Masonicare and all the nurses of Masonicare’s Hospice and Palliative program for their compassionate care shown to Lindy and his family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00am on Monday, July 16, St. Mark the Evangelist Church on 467 South Quaker Lane, West Hartford, CT. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to the following organizations: the Hartford High School Athletic Hall of Fame or the Smilow Cancer Center at St. Francis Hospital. Online condolences can be offered at http://www.sheehanhilbornbreen.com
Published in The Hartford Courant on July 14, 2018
Guestbook: Same link
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