In Memoriam: MARY ROMAN, long-time Treasurer of Norwalk Old Timers Assocation
The Norwalk Old Timers Association is sad to inform its membership of the recent passing on March 23, 2020 of MARY ROMAN, of COVID-19 complications. She served as Norwalk Old Timers' long-time Treasurer, former Norwalk city clerk, and one of the world's top senior Olympian Master Athletes. Mary worked in the banking industry for 35 years, and was active in our community for decades. She served on many boards, including STAR, YMCA, Norwalk Senior Center, and was a past president of the Rotary Club.
Mary began competing in senior track events in 1989. By 1991, she had reached her first Nationals and eventually qualified for the World Senior Games and USATF Masters Track and Field Championships. Mary won hundreds of medals and was named the Norwalk Sports Person of the Year in 2010 by the Fairfield County Sports Commission.
Mary Roman once held the top-ranking in the United States and held eighth in the world in the weight throw in the 75-79 age group. She was also ranked first in the nation in the super weight throw and ultra-weight throw, and second in the throws pentathlon. She has also held the American record in the shot put in the women's 65-69, 70-74, and 75-79 age groups.
Mary Roman was highly regarded and loved by all who knew her, described throughout social media as kind, sweet, dynamic, and gracious. Norwalk Old Timers extends its condolences to Mary's family and friends.
The 57th Annual Norwalk Old Timers Awards Dinner was held Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at The Water's Edge at Giovanni's in Darien. From left to right: 2019 honorees Tim Wagner, Missy Oman, Maria Marino, Harry Welfare, Steve Annunziato, Felix Rodriguez, Bob Kramer, and Jeff Spahr. Posthumous awards were conferred on Lou Eletto and Fred Santarella. (photo by Josh Motaver)
A Message from
Jack Couch, President
WELCOME! It has been my distinct honor and privilege to serve as president of the Norwalk Old Timers since 2015.
The Norwalk Old Timers Awards Dinner evening has become a great tradition for the City of Norwalk. It reunites friends and honors those who have made significant contributions to the Norwalk sports scene. Each year we honor athletes who have distinguished themselves in sports and beyond.
The support of each of you who attend the dinner, purchase ads for the program book, and offer support in any way has enriched the City of Norwalk with this event and sustained the scholarship fund, which has grown to three annual scholarships each for Norwalk and Brien McMahon High Schools.
I must thank our dedicated Old Timers executive committee, the members of which put in many hours of work all year, but especially in the months before the Awards Dinner in order to make it a very special evening indeed. Finally, we are grateful also to our many sponsors, patrons, and donors for their vital support.