Fans of the Game – Jack and Rita Redmond moved to Windsor Locks in 1964 and quickly became part of the fabric of the community. Jack was best known for writing “Cabbages and Kings,” a weekly bio-article about people from Windsor Locks. The articles appeared in the Windsor Locks Journal for 24 years. Even after working together at Combustion Engineering, Jack and Rita were mostly inseparable. They liked to travel, play golf, and spend time at the beach. They often could be seen at the Donut Kettle or attending summer concerts.
They gave back to the community, Jack serving as a fire commissioner and Rita an active member of Senior Center. For 20 years, they could be found at the volunteer information booth at Bradley Field. But Jack and Rita always found time to attend plenty of games in Windsor Locks. For many years, basketball fans in Windsor Locks could count on Dan Sullivan on the bench, Pete Maltese on the PA and Jack and Rita in their regular seats, just past mid-court.
Jack and Rita have 2 daughters, Nancy and Patti, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Sadly, we lost Rita in September of 2012. Jack now lives at the Cape and will celebrate his 91st birthday on Christmas Eve. No doubt, his first question will be, “did Windsor Locks win last night?”
Jack, Rita, thank you for the contributions you made to Windsor Locks and for being such devoted Fans of the Games.