BRISTOL BITS: Volunteering at Bristol Sports Hall of Fame's annual golf tournament

Published on Tuesday, 27 July 2021 16:26


I spent the afternoon Monday at Chippanee Golf Club as a volunteer during the Bristol Sports Hall of Fame’s annual tournament. As a non-player, it was more of a social event in seeing the guys and gals from our sports community.

The photo here shows Morrie Laviero, his grandson, Adam Ward, Brian Fries and his son, Drew. They played as a four-man team together. Morrie said he is Adam’s favorite grandfather, as they once again were bonding on the links.

Adam is going in as a junior this season in studying public relations at Alabama and Drew will be a freshman at URI in studying engineering.

Neil Fries

Drew’s grandfather, Neil Fries, who did not play at the time, was there practicing on the chipping and putting green. Neil and I go way back to early grammar school days at Stafford School, before he moved to the Edgewood School district.

Anyway, Neil and his wife, Terry (Chapman), spend time here and in Florida, the latter spot where he has played rounds of golf with Dave Shopay, another Bristol fellow who summers in Montana and winters in Florida. Neil told me that Dave shot a 71 a few years back when he was that same ago, so he must be a good golfer being from an athletic family.

One day while on the driving range at their local Florida club, Dave’s brother, Tom, showed up and Neil got to meet him. Ironically, Neil graduated from Bristol Eastern one year after Tom, and had the Shopay family on his paper route as a kid.

(Note: Tom Shopay is among this year’s Bristol Tramps honorees.)

Tom Lorenzetti

Tom, a former basketball player from St. Anthony’s High in Bristol, sent me the following email:

“Recently, my 13-year-old granddaughter, Lucy (Justus), visited us for a few weeks in Bristol. She lives in Florida (Siesta Key) and her mom, Tina, is my daughter, who grew up here in Bristol. Anyway, Lucy is a member of the Sarasota Sharks swim team in Florida and while here was able to practice with the local Bristol team Bristol Splash out of the Malone Aquatics Center.

“An older member of the Sarasota Sharks team in Florida is Emma Weyant, who made the USA Olympic swim team and recently won the silver medal in the women’s 400 individual medley in Tokyo. We were all very excited to see a member of Lucy’s team on TV win a silver medal at the Olympics.

(Tom’s son, Tommy, by the way, played on the same Little League baseball team as my son, Jamie. We are all connected in one way or another, somewhat the theme of today’s column.)

Thomas Lorenzetti, Sr. - The greatest generation

Mr. Al Lorenzetti was the baseball coach for Tom Shopay, myself and others at Stafford School. He was a great guy and this was St. Anthony High Tom Lorenzetti’s uncle. Al Lorenzetti’s brother was Tom’s father and that was Thomas Lorenzetti, Sr., or Lucy’s great-grandfather.

Thomas Lorenzetti, Sr. died at age 87 in 2008, just before Lucy’s birth. I got to know of Tom, Sr. and later found out what a great guy he was, too. A WWII Army combat soldier - you’d never know it by the calm and gentlemanly way about him - he earned the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster for twice receiving wounds during battle.

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

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Tuesday, 27 July 2021 16:26. Updated: Tuesday, 27 July 2021 16:29.