BRISTOL BITS: Wishing Tom Maghini a belated birthday

Published on Tuesday, 23 February 2021 13:55


A one-day belated 90th birthday to a special guy, Tom Maghini. A former Mary A. Callen basketball standout, Tom is one of the nicest guys in town. In fact, I believe there isn’t a person who knows him that doesn’t enjoy his company.

“Tommy has been a great member of the OMs (Older Members of the Bristol Boys & Girls Club) and is always willing to go above and beyond,” said Paul Delmonte, a longtime OM. “He never misses a meeting and he’s just a good all-around person.”

Another OM who thinks highly of the “birthday boy” is Morrie Laviero.

“He’s constantly bickering with Morrie,” Paul added. “But it’s always done in jest.”

And if Morrie “busts” you, it means he likes you a lot and that’s a high compliment in itself.

I first met Tom some 30 years ago, and it always brought a smile to my face in seeing him. I’m a day late, but “Happy Birthday, Tom Maghini.”

Other birthdays are Debbie Schur today, Paul Calderoni tomorrow and the senior Bill Cook on Friday.

Bromley Lee Webb

Tomorrow mark’s the 76th anniversary of the death of Bromley Lee Webb, one of many Bristol men and New Departure workers who made the supreme sacrifice in serving our country during World War II. Born in Winsted on July 10, 1922, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alton Webb of 72 Surrey Drive in Bristol.

He was a member of Trinity Esiscopal Church and was a graduate of the former Park Street School. He joined the Army in becoming a weapon cleaner and radioman with the 21st Tank Battalion, 10th Armored Division, Third Army. He was killed in action in Germany while covering the evacuation of his fellow crew members from their tank, which had been disabled by enemy anti-tank fire.

This American hero was buried in the U.S. Military Cemetery in Hamm, Luxembourg, Germany.

Fiddlin’ Around

I was asked if Fiddlin’ Around Music on Main Street was still open. I tried to contact Bob Van Gorder, but have been unsuccessful. Can anyone help me on this?

While on the topic, wasn’t his late wife, Louise, a peach!

Mike Giovinazzo and Spec Monico

Patrick Ford was a topic here last week, and when he mentioned two of his baseball coaches, Mike Giovinazzo and Spec Monico’s names were somehow left out. Ed immediately notified when this happened and I told him I’d mention these two local baseball icons.

Those fortunate enough to have had them for a coach were getting two of the best this town has ever had. I feel appreciative of knowing them, too, and have great respect for both.

Marty Hurwitz

A special shout out to Marty, a former owner of Harvest Bakery. He went above and beyond in helping a friend of mine this week. He’s a true friend.


Bristol averages about 35 inches of snowfall a year. Last year was below this mark.

Contact Bob Montgomery at or by calling 860-583-5132.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Tuesday, 23 February 2021 13:55. Updated: Tuesday, 23 February 2021 13:57.