WESTPORT, Conn. -- Christopher Lemone, of Bethel, a counselor at Staples High school, died Sunday, Oct. 18. He was 49.
Lemone was born on June 19, 1966, and spent much of his youth on the baseball fields of Northrop and Springdale. After excelling at baseball and basketball at Stamford Catholic High School "Lem" or "Lem-dog," as he was known by his friends, enrolled at Sacred Heart University of Fairfield, where he became an All-NECC baseball player. In 1988, he hit .444, which still remains the second highest average ever at SHU. He finished his college career with a .368 average.
After running a landscaping business with friend Billy Dazzo, Lemone pursued a master's degree in counseling at the University of Bridgeport.
Upon graduation, he started Lemone Consulting, a private practice, and became the Staples High School Student Outreach Counselor.
Throughout his career Lemone was a well-respected and trusted mentor. He was the driving force behind Staples High Teen Awareness Group (TAG). Lemone was proud of both the program's success and his students' achievements. TAG became an integral part of the school and serve as a model program that increased awareness of the dangers of risky adolescent behavior. It is believed his tireless efforts with TAG have saved countless lives.
Lemone worked with organizations, including Safe Rides, Silver Hill Hospital, Kids in Crisis, Visiting Nurses and Hospice Care, VITAM Center and was involved with Bethel Baseball Association. He served as a youth baseball coach.
He was a member of the American Counseling Association, Westport Family Support Team, Westport Youth Commission, Fairfield Coalition Alliance, and the Bethel Community Care Coalition.
Lemone enjoyed his family, Broadway shows, heavy metal music, cooking, the New York Yankees, reading and traveling.
Lemone is survived by his wife, Kim; children, Madison and Ryan, of Bethel; stepdaughter, Samantha, of Westport; his parents, Nicholas and Theresa Cosentino Lemone, of Stamford; sister, Alisa Lemone Brill (Christopher), of Trumbull; several aunts and uncles.
The family will receive friends and family Thursday, Oct. 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St. in Danbury.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, Oct. 22 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 26 Dodgingtown Road in Bethel
A scholarship fund that has been set up at Morgan Stanley for Lemone's children. Donations can be sent to Morgan Stanley c/o George Viebrock, 90 Grove Street 2nd floor, Ridgefield, CT 06877.
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