Frank DeLuca, Stratford softball icon, dead at 84

The Connecticut Post has reported that Frank DeLuca passed away Monday , Aug. 5, 2013, at age 84.

Reports say he had been in declining health recently.

DeLuca was an ambassador for softball and the Stratford Brakettes, a Stratford icon, and a fantastic guy who would do anything for anybody, the Post’s report says.

Bob Baird of the Brakettes, said the team is dedicating the Women’s Major Softball National Championship, which will be held at DeLuca Hall of Fame Field this Thursday, Aug. 8, through Sunday, to the memory of DeLuca, according to the Bridgeport-based daily newspaper. There will be a moment of silence, and information regarding DeLuca will be placed in the tournament program.


DeLuca is survived by his wife, Grace Lundgren DeLuca; son, Gary DeLuca; daughter, Karen Zayas, and her husband, Louie; granddaughter, Devin Zayas; sister, Regina Gatto, and her husband Andrew; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held Thursday at Pistey Funeral Home in Stratford (2155 Main St.) from 4 to 9 p.m. DeLuca’s funeral will be held Friday at St. James Roman Catholic Church in Stratford, 2070 Main St., at 10:30 a.m.


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