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 Thomas O “Tom” Altieri

Thomas O “Tom” Altieri

Birth
Meriden, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
Death 20 Jan 2006 (aged 84)
Meriden, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Meriden, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 27927839 · View Source
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Heavyweight Boxer 1943-1947 & sports trainer

A Meriden native, Tom was one of six children born to Italian immigrants Thomas & Virginia Altieri. He spent a lifetime involved in sports at many different levels.

Altieri started his amateur boxing career in 1939, winning the New England Light Heavyweight Championship that same year. In 1940, he won the New England Heavyweight Crown. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1941 and was undefeated fighting in the service until his discharge in 1945. In 1943, Ring magazine picked Altieri as the boxer most likely to reach the top of the heavyweight division. After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy in 1945, Tom turned pro. He retired with a record of 17 wins, 10 by knockouts, three losses and one decision in the heavyweight division.

From the mid-1950s until his retirement in 1990, Altieri was an athletic trainer, working with people of all ages who needed his help, from high school through the professional ranks. He started his sports training medicine with the Meriden High School football team. In 1960 he was selected to become the YMCA Health Club director, a post which he occupied for 17 years. While at the YMCA, Tom was head trainer for the Hartford Knights football team and worked with the Hartford Capitols of the Eastern Basketball Association. He assisted at home games for the New York Jets. He volunteered for the Maloney High School football team when the school opened, and also assisted players at Cheshire Academy and Lyman Hall High School. Tom was known to all the area athletes on whom he worked miracles with sport related injuries. He donated every Thanksgiving for many years taping area high school football players at his home and at Meriden Ceppa Field. In 1974, Altieri was hired as head trainer for the Philadelphia Bell of the World Football League. The league lasted only two seasons, but Altieri wasn't out of work for long. He was hired in the spring of 1976 by World Jai-Alai, where he worked until his retirement in 1990. He worked with players in Miami, Ocala, and Gainesville, FL. Many physicians would send their patients to Tom and he would work his miracles on them. Altieri would donate his time to many an athlete.

In addition to his work with jai-alai, Altieri worked at the Greater Hartford Open golf tournament as a trainer for many years. He was awarded the John Wentworth Good Sport Award by the Connecticut Sports Writers' Alliance in 1997. Tom stayed active with West Hartford's Tumblebrook Country Club until 2002. Some of the celebrities that Tom took care of were Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino and Bob Hope.

Thomas Altieri's funeral was held at Immanuel Lutheran Church. He was buried at Walnut Grove Cemetery with military honors.


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  • Created by: Tony & Kathleen
  • Added: 30 Jun 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 27927839
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas O “Tom” Altieri (2 Aug 1921–20 Jan 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 27927839, citing Walnut Grove Cemetery, Meriden, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Tony & Kathleen (contributor 46838327) .