Students and faculty at Woonsocket High School are mourning the loss of athletic director George Nasuti. He died Tuesday night, the school community received the news Wednesday morning.
Nasuti’s family said he was refereeing a basketball game in Burrillville Friday night when he fell and hit his head on the court. The Woonsocket Call reports that Nasuti then went into a coma.
Woonsocket Superintendent Giovanna Donoyan sent out a statement to the school community notifying them of Nasuti death, “we are all better people for having George in our life.”
Burrillville Athletic Director John Abbate had known Nasuti for decades. He said it isn’t easy to get kids in Woonsocket to play sports, but Nasuti could get a team on the field. “He would respect them. He would respect them, and the kids would sense that whatever he’s doing for them, he’s doing it for the right reasons,” said Abbate. “And there was just a caring way about him that kids just fed off of.”
Woonsocket Superintendent Giovanna Donoyan said grief counselors will be at all the schools to help students process Nasuti’s death. Nasuti’s family is planning a private funeral, but Donoyan said the school is planning an event to celebrate his life.
Nasuti was athletic director at Woonsocket High and a former principal at the school. He was 52 years old.
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