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This site is dedicated to the life and spirit of

Tyler Paul Cormier

1/20/86 to 2/24/07

In 1986, there was a need for a special person here on earth. God answered that need in a way no one could imagine. Twenty-one years, 36 days, 1 hour and 36 minutes later, God considered this mission complete and this special person was given a new assignment and there was one terrific angel in heaven.

Our community and our family in particular were truly fortunate to have Tyler in our midst. From day one, he gave everyone that came in contact with him a reason to smile. Tyler spent his first 3 ½ weeks battling for his life in the pediatric care unit of Hartford Hospital. True to his nature, he fought hard and won that first battle.

During early childhood, Tyler was dubbed “The Mayor of Marlborough” by Marlborough’s elementary school’s physical education teacher, Tony Colavechhio. His days at Marlborough’s elementary school were indeed punctuated by smiles and happiness as he was integrated into the school population because of the efforts of teachers like Jill Marocchini.

During Tyler’s formative years, his athletic prowess as a Special Olympian began to blossom. He began with unified sports at the elementary school level. At the age of 8, Tyler joined the Glastonbury Special Olympic Program. It was there that his love of sports started to flourish. Tyler started off by playing his favorite sport, baseball, with the Manchester Challenger Division. It was also at this time that he began to follow the Boston Red Sox and soon became one of their most devoted fans. By the age of 12, Tyler not only played softball with the Special Olympics, but he also started to compete in ice hockey, basketball, swimming, and speed skating.

Tyler’s athleticism and social skills continued to blossom during his two years at RHAM Middle School. This was when he was introduced to RHAM teacher and varsity basketball coach, Steve Emt. From the start, Steve and Tyler shared a very special bond. In eighth grade, Tyler began his first season as manager of the RHAM varsity basketball team. He continued as manager for the next seven years and became part of the fabric and culture of RHAM high school. It was also during this year, that RHAM middle school wrestling coach, Paul Steiner, helped Tyler compete on the wrestling team. He won three of his matches.

Tyler moved on to RHAM High School and his competitive spirit grew. The Special Olympian gold medals mounted, giving Tyler a bit of a reputation as an athlete. More importantly, friendships were building and strengthening and Tyler was developing a unique leadership quality. Indeed, Tyler’s acceptance in the RHAM high school community grew daily whether it was eating lunch in the cafeteria, hanging out with his friends after school, or going out on the weekends. Tyler helped break down the barriers often encountered by people with special needs since he was always treated “like one of the guys”. This is something that made RHAM high school and the entire local community special.

Tyler in baseball catcher's outfit

Awards and honors kept coming. Tyler seemingly had a permanent spot on the RHAM Honor Roll, something he took great pride in. In 2005, he was voted Senior Prom King by the RHAM student body. In 2006, Tyler received the Peter A’Coin Award from RHAM High School and the prestigious “Spirit of Life” award from the Connecticut Special Olympics. Additionally, the Marlborough/Andover Grange? honored Tyler as its “2006 Citizen of the Year”.

Entering, 2007, Tyler was ready for the next chapter – adulthood. Ready, willing, and able to enter the workforce with its increased responsibilities, Tyler’s journey was cut short.

Tyler touched many, many people during his short life. His passion for life, sports, school, friends, and above all, family will always be remembered.

Tyler is forever gone but will never be forgotten.

Cormier family in a boat

Tyler Paul Cormier – “always remember to smile”

Lovingly remembered – Paul, Anna, and Cathleen Cormier

Scholarship Fund Established

Money raised will be awarded as scholarships to two RHAM graduates, a Glastonbury high school graduate, and a graduate from the state of Connecticut who have volunteered as partners in Special Olympics and/or Unified Sports. These scholarships are awarded annually.

Beginning this year the Fund will also make contributions to the local organizations that were so influential in Tyler's life and he was proud to be part of. This year's contribution is going to the Marlborough Elementary Special Education Dept.

The annual Tyler Cormier Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit the scholarship fund will be held this year on Monday, August 12th, 2013 at Blackledge Country Club in Hebron. Click here for details about the golf tournament.

For 21 years Tyler gave us and all that knew him reasons to smile. All the support, love and kindness that Tyler received, he gave back. He truly loved life and all the people he knew. Our family and his friends miss him beyond belief and we know our lives will never be the same, but are better for knowing and loving him. However we also know that our lives go on. The support we have received from our community has been unbelievable and been a tremendous boost. Thank you very much.

Fundraising Information

The beloved Tyler Cormier touched the lives of many of us in his short life among his hundreds of friends throughout Connecticut. In memory of his life and to help provide college education opportunities for young people in the RHAM area, a golf tournament is being planned this summer. The tournament will be a fundraiser, with the proceeds going toward college scholarships for college bound RHAM students who participated in the local Connecticut Special Olympics.

As most people know, Special Olympics of Connecticut (SOCT) provides exciting athletic competitions for mentally handicapped people. It was started by the Kennedy family, and has grown into a wonderful community service. SOCT provides athletic competition for people (youth and adults) with all types of disabilities, both physical and mental, and all skill levels. Tyler Cormier was an active participant in many different Special Olympic sports (softball, basketball, swimming, and speed skating). His celebrity encouraged many of our local youth to support and participate in various SOCT activities across the State, including the very popular basketball exhibition games during halftime at RHAM’s varsity basketball games.

The entire community is being invited to participate and support this very worthy cause. The 7th annual golf tournament will continue what was started last year to honor Tyler and his memory will a day full of smiles and laughs.

Tyler receiving diploma

The Fundraiser Event

Date: Monday August 12, 2013

Time: 10am shotgun start with registration and breakfast beginning at 8:30am

Where: Blackledge Country Club in Hebron Connecticut

Details:

  • Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place gross plus closest to the pin and longest drives.
  • Large raffle and silent auction included.
  • Banquet to follow with sit down dinner and beverages.
  • Program will include some special speakers and acknowledgements related to Tyler’s life.

Blackledge Country Club

180 West St
Hebron, CT 06248-1257
United States
P: (860) 228-0250
F: (860) 228-1044
www.blackledgecc.com
http://www.golflink.com/golf-courses/city.asp?dest=Hebron+CT

The 18-hole "Anderson" course at the Blackledge Country Club facility in Hebron, Connecticut features 6,787 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 72 and it has a slope rating of 128. Designed by Cornish, Silva & Mungeam, Inc., the Anderson golf course opened in 1964.

Sponsorships and Golf Participation:

Special sponsorships arranged with advertising on course, in Event Program, and on the website.

Other arrangements can be made as well – contact Anthony Grosso 860 608-9659

Tee Signs sponsorships are $100 each. A personal tee sign is made with your company’s name and displayed prominently on the course. Your Company name will also be displayed in the Event Program.

Golf Participants are $125 each and includes the golf, breakfast, beverages on course, and banquet meal. Individuals will be placed in foursomes. If you have your own foursome, please indicate that in the downloadable form listed below.

If you would like to be a sponsor or participate in the golf tournament, Click Here to download the sign up form.

Tyler Cormier Fundraising Committee

Name Phone Email
Paul Cormier 860.986.2808 ucp9904@gmail.com
Anthony Grosso 860.608.9659 agrosso@snet.net
Al Pollock 860.402.1515 polloal@nu.com
Bill Anderson 860.228.0250 www.blackledgecc.com
Tonja Russo 860.228.2202 russojt@sbcglobal.com
Chip Ware 860.922.3074 chipw@mcpheeusa.com
warecbtcj@aol.com
Nancy Billard 860.228.9243 nabillard@mac.com
Liz Patterson 860.228.2203 robliznick@comcast.net

Scholarship Winners

2007
  • Katie Kalisz
  • Bobby Hopkins
2011
  • Lauren Lagassie RHAM
  • Luke Lampugnale RHAM
  • Elizabeth Wienick Colchester
  • Elizabeth Haggerty Glastonbury
  • John Crandall Good Teammate Award, RHAM Boys Basketball
2012
  • MaKenna Szolomayer RHAM
  • Otto Holda RHAM
  • Lara Hawley Glastonbury
  • Ryan Cosgrove Wallingford
  • Nick Gruner Good Teammate Award, RHAM Boys Basketball
2013
  • Dylan Laniacoboni RHAM
  • Kyle Gnocchi RHAM
  • Baylor LaPointe Good Teammate Award, RHAM Boys Basketball
2014
  • Matthew DiSorbo RHAM
  • Ceil Pang RHAM
  • Andrew Knack RHAM
  • Max Williams RHAM
  • Alex Rogaski Good Teammate Award, RHAM Boys Basketball
2015
  • Jason DePersia RHAM
  • Shannon Moquin RHAM
  • Zach Rodegher Good Teammate Award, RHAM Boys Basketball
2016
  • Zoe Szolomayer RHAM
  • Nicole Burley RHAM
  • Matthew Turlo RHAM
  • Nick Starkowski Good Teammate Award, RHAM Boys Basketball
2017
  • Connor Missal RHAM
  • John Tillanghast RHAM
2018
  • Ryan Fraileigh Good Teammate Award, RHAM Boys Basketball
  • Eve Lampugnale RHAM
2019
  • Tanner Lampugnale RHAM
  • Deep Patel RHAM
  • Jordyan Knapp RHAM
  • Jared Gorbornio Good Teammate Award, RHAM Boys Basketball

Organization Donations

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Photo Gallery

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Tyler Stories

As told by family, friends, and observers

“I went up to RHAM to pick up my son after varsity basketball practice. I walked into the back of the gym and realized that all the players were still showering/dressing in the locker room. There on the gym floor by himself was Tyler Cormier, the Team’s manager. Tyler was shooting outside shots. I didn’t really know Tyler, I just knew him as the Team’s manager. But I knew from my son that he was everyone’s “little brother”. Tyler’s next shot bounced off the rim in my direction, so I walked a little closer to gather in the ball and I passed it to Tyler so he could shoot another one. Next thing I knew, Tyler was shooting from the same spot and I was running around grabbing rebounds and passing it back to him. Tyler said nothing, he had an intense concentration of shooting with his tongue hanging out of his mouth a la Michael Jordan.

He then hit a stretch where he sunk five outside balls in a row with some of the RHAM players now watching as they exited the locker room A few of the players made funny comments to Tyler and of course he jibed back at them in fun. I started to leave and said to Tyler, “nice shooting”. He said simply, “I know”. For those brief five minutes that I was allowed on the inside, I saw the beauty of Tyler. I realized then how fortunate my son was to have him and that Tyler was there for all of us. Just shooting baskets and enjoying life’s simple moments.”

Al Pollock – Hebron

“When Gretchen Ulion returned home with her Olympic Gold Medal for women's ice hockey, Tyler anxiously awaited her visit to school. We had asked Gretchen to meet 1 on 1 with Tyler before visiting with the entire school. Tyler was asked to bring his Olympic Gold Medals for Gretchen to see.

During their meeting, Gretchen placed her medal in Tyler's hands and he remarked that it was heavier than his. "Yes", she remarked, "but you have more than me, I only have one, you have lots." He beemed with pride. That simple gentle moment taught all of us in the room what the Olympic spirit was all about.”

The Forand Family