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Allan Otto Morazes, age 93, of Stratford beloved husband of Doris (Wilchinsky) Morazes, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 9, 2023, in the Lord Chamberlain Rehab Facility in Stratford. Allan was born in Bridgeport on April 5, 1930, son of the late Otto and Ethel (Bayne) Morazes. He was pre-deceased by his brothers Ronald and David Morazes and survived by his sisters Rosaline Schwarz, Geraldine Schwarz and Linda Laughman. He was a life-long resident of Connecticut, except for the 14 years that were spent living in Lynchburg, VA.
Allan was retired from Sikorsky Aircraft and was a United States Airforce veteran of the Korean War. Allan loved and cherished his family, always making them laugh and smile with his incredible sense of humor. That love was rivaled only by his passion and devotion to softball. He began playing at the age of 13 and didn’t slow down until the age of 87. He played for the 50 plus senior league in Lynchburg, VA where he was featured on their local TV station. He played, coached and managed for many different teams, one of the most famous teams being Sikorsky Aircraft. His commitment from 1967 to 1993 in the team’s success was immeasurable. He managed Sikorsky to their first two National Championships in 1979 and 1980. The culmination of his career was rewarded in 1998 with the induction into the Connecticut Softball Hall of Fame. He was also an accomplished bowler of both duckpin and kingpin, playing on leagues for several years.
His love for sports did not end with his own accomplishments. He took great pride in watching his grandchildren participate in athletics. Whether it be a golf course, baseball field, volleyball court or ice rink, Grandpa was there cheering them on. He was also fortunate enough to watch his great-granddaughter swim in her meets via you tube. Even if he could not be there personally, he would always offer his support and encouragement.
His devotion was to the New York Yankees. A lifelong fan he would watch over 100 games each year. Cheering them on and telling them they played horrible all at the same time. Sports played an important part of Allan’s life, which in turn, molded him into a quiet leader who respected several on and off the field throughout the years, only to garner their love and respect in return.
Survivors in addition to his wife include his two children, Allan D. Morazes and his wife Elizabeth of Howardsville, VA and his daughter Dorrine (Morazes) Sopko of Stratford. Also his six grandchildren, Joseph Sopko III and his wife Michelle, Nicholas Sopko, Daniel Sopko and his wife Rachel, Stacie Sopko, Allan A. Morazes and his wife Brittney and Shay (Morazes) Taylor and her husband Xrunn. He also had six beautiful great grandchildren which he adored very much, Addison Sopko, Brayden Sopko, Nathan Sopko, Finley Taylor, Paige Morazes and Cade Taylor, along with several nieces and nephews.
Friends and family are invited to attend his funeral service celebrated by Father Peter Cipriani on August 8, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. in the William R. McDonald Funeral Home, 2591 Main Street, Stratford.
Interment with military honors will follow in Mountain Grove Cemetery, 2675 North Avenue, Bridgeport.
Friends and family may visit starting at 11:00 a.m. before the service.
For additional information or to share a message of condolence, please visit www.wrmcdonaldfuneralhome.com.
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2591 Main Street
Stratford, CT 06615
2591 Main Street
Stratford, CT 06615
Interment with Full Military Honors
2675 North Avenue,
Bridgeport, CT 06604