DANBURY, Conn. – Thomas Fujitani of Danbury died unexpectedly Saturday, April 2. He was 73.
He was the husband of 51 years of Donna (Ferraro) Fujitani.
He was born in Greenwich on Feb. 21, 1943, the son of Thomas Fujitani of Cos Cob and the late Mary (Bruno) Fujitani. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in education from the University of Bridgeport, where he also played football. He was a physical education teacher at Wilton High School for 35 years. He was a dedicated teacher, mentor and football coach for 32 years at Wilton High School, where he won two state championships in four appearances as well as one FCIAC championship in six title game appearances.
The town of Wilton named the high school football field in his honor. He received the Chase/Heisman Legend of Coaching Award in 2000 and was inducted into the FCIAC Hall of Fame in 2006. He was also a board member for the Lt. John G. Corr Memorial Award Fund. He loved football, fishing and family. He enjoyed his annual fly-fishing trips to Montana and trips to Martha’s Vineyard. He was most recently on the football coaching staff at Bethel High School.
In addition to his wife, Donna, and his father, Thomas, he is survived by three children, Tracy Fujitani Glessner (John) of Yarmouth, Maine, Paul Fujitani (Kelli) of Ridgefield, and Thomas Fujitani (Summer) of Danbuy; eight grandchildren, Emma Glessner, Ryen Fujitani, Ty Fujitani, Catherine Glessner, Trenton Fujitani, Collin Fujitani, Austin Fujitani and Mckenna Fujitani; his brother, Peter Fujitani (Kelly); and his sister, Margo Albonizio (Richard).
The family will receive friends Friday, April 15, from 4-8 p.m. at the Cornell Memorial Home, 247 White St., Danbury. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, April 16, at 10 a.m. at St. Agnes Church, 247 Stanwich Road, Greenwich, with burial following at St. Mary Cemetery in Greenwich.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lt. John Corr Memorial Award Fund and sent to Tom Sinchak, 30 Deacons Lane Wilton, CT 06897, or online here .