A former umpire, the late Bonnie (Higgins) Maskery of Bristol will be among the inductees for the Connecticut Field Hockey Hall of Fame this Sunday at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.
Maskery was honored throughout her life, beginning in 1992 when she was inducted into the CT Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. In 1998, she was inducted into the New Agenda: New England Women’s Sports Hall of Fame and in 1999 she was the recipient of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Association’s Merit Award.
Maskery passed away in January 2017, survived by Paul Maskery, her husband of 49 years, their two sons and two grandchildren. She was born in Massachusetts in 1942 as one of four children. She was active in sports growing up and after her graduation from high school, she went on to earn a BE/BS in physical education and science from Plymouth State University in 1965.
She began work as a teacher in upstate New York and during that time began officiating field hockey, a career that ultimately lasted for 35 years.
After meeting her husband and moving to Connecticut, Maskery was teaching at Housatonic Valley Regional High School and officiating field hockey throughout the state by the fall of 1967. She officiated many CIAC tournament games over the course of her career and even had the chance to officiate at the college level. In addition to field hockey, Maskery also worked as a basketball official for 30 years, serving as the CIAC Girls’ Basketball Officials Director for over 25 years.
Maskery was also an avid golfer, and she served as Vice-President of the Pequabuck Golf Club and President of the Pequabuck Golf Club Women’s Association for many years. She was also a charter member of the Edgewood Little League Girls’ Softball program.