BRISTOL BITS: Taking a look at Richard Jackson

Published on Thursday, 16 September 2021 15:23


I recently asked readers to send me comments on the late Richard Jackson, who I knew as a teacher at the former West Woods School. Mary (Anderson) Wade, a high school classmate of mine at Bristol Eastern, writes in:

“My mom, Catherine (Doyle) Anderson, was a classmate of his and said if it had been a different time he would have made it as a pro player in his younger days like his son, Doug. She told me this when I had him as a teacher - the best - for the seventh and eighth grade. He really helped me for high school, along with the great Jim White.

“We became friends later in life. A great man, father, husband and teacher. He taught and still worked at New Departure. He did this to give his family a better life and education. I feel pretty privileged to have known him and his wife.

“He was also a great dancer - just thought I’d throw that in.”

(Note: A 1938 graduate, he was a three-sports athlete at Bristol High. He went on to play football at Johnson C. Smith University, where he was known as “Choo Choo” as a member of its football team. His running reminded folks of a railroad train’s engine as he was “chugging” along on the gridiron.)

Motts, too

I mentioned how it was good to have youth within The Bristol Tramps Committee and threw in the name of Lance Pepper. Also bringing a younger look into the organization is Chris “Motts” D’Amato. The Bristol Sports Hall of Fame is also fortunate to have this fellow on its team. Chris’s mom and dad did a great job in raising this fellow.

Did you know?

Julie Larese, one of the originators of the Bristol Tramps, was a colorful philanthropist who had both business and political connections across the state. He used to hold Tramps meetings at his barn on East Main Street in Forestville, where everyone from the governor to old sports teammates of his used to gather with him.


Tony Virello celebrates on Saturday, Daniel Cassina on Sunday with John Fasolo, Butch Paradis and John Hartman doing so on Tuesday.

Never forget!

PFC Louis V. Daigle. Born on Sept. 16, 1948 - Died Sept. 30, 1968 Quang Tri, South Vietnam. U.S. Marine Corps.

Shout out

To Coachie DeCarolis. If you don’t know or know of him, you certainly would want to. He’s a one-of-kind athletic coach and inspiration at Bristol Central. Enthusiastic, upbeat and fun to be around.

Joke tellers

Two of the best joke tellers around are Dick Avery and Bob Barnett, two key members of Bristol’s Korean War Veterans Association. Dick tells a joke at each Wednesday morning meeting and Bob is loaded to the hilt in pulling one out anywhere and at any time.

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

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Thursday, 16 September 2021 15:23. Updated: Thursday, 16 September 2021 15:25.