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Former Wilton football coach Tom Fujitani dies

Tom Fujitani, who was head coach of the Wilton High School football team for more than three decades, died on Saturday morning, according to several sources close to Fujitani.

Although exact details were not yet known, the 73-year-old Fujitani reportedly suffered a heart attack while helping a friend put a boat in the water at Candlewood Lake. Fujitani was an avid fisherman, who often took trips to the Pacific Northwest to fish for salmon.

“It’s a big loss to the Wilton sports community,” said Kevin Wall, a Wilton resident and 1988 Wilton High graduate who played football under Fujitani.”There have been only four head coaches in the history of Wilton football — Nick Zeoli, Tom, Tim Eagen and now Bruce Cunningham. “Tom was a pillar.”

Fujitani joined the Wilton football program in 1966 as an assistant coach for Nick Zeoli, the first head coach in program history. When Zeoli stepped down to focus on his duties as athletic director, Fujitani took over as head coach ahead of the 1969 season.

For more on this story from Tim Murphy of the Wilton Bulletin, click here

The four head coaches in Wilton football history gathered for a photo following a recent awards ceremony at the school. From the left, current head coach Bruce Cunningham, Tom Fujitani, Nick Zeoli and Tim Eagen. Fujitani died on Saturday morning. – GretchenMcMahonPhotography.com

The four head coaches in Wilton football history gathered for a photo following a recent awards ceremony at the school. From left, current head coach Bruce Cunningham, Tom Fujitani, Nick Zeoli and Tim Eagen. Fujitani died on Saturday morning. – GretchenMcMahonPhotography.com

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