Longtime Bristol resident Armand Choiniere was inducted into the Connecticut Football Officials Association Hall of Fame on Sunday at Seasons restaurant in New Haven.
The 2005 Bristol Sports Hall of Fame inductee and 1988 Bristol Tramps sports organization honoree and director started his interest in the sport at Bristol High School in the late 1940s.
“It means a lot to me, because the people you’ve known all your lives haven’t forgotten you,” Choiniere said.
Choiniere first played football in high school, for just one year, because an uncle of his persuaded him to do so as a senior. He went on to play semi-pro ball with high school teammates Gerry Burns, Roland Dumont and Dave Hamel in Meriden.
In 1960, the group and others started raising funds and three years later started Midget Football in Bristol. Burns was an on-field official by then and because of this, Choiniere eventually took the exam to help him oversee the games on the field.
“From there, I did high school and other games and did this for 30 years on the field,” Choiniere said. “When Joe Maro [another Bristol Sports Hall of Fame inductee and Tramps honoree] stepped down as the announcer at Muzzy Field for the games, I replaced him. I did 30 years on the field and 23 years on the clock at Muzzy.”
He now enjoys the games on television in his easy chair, but stays active with the Bristol Tramps, an organization which has annually honored “those who have made contributions to Bristol sports” for the past 48 years.
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