Memorial scholarship honors longtime music teacher

Richard Nigro dedicated his life to teaching music.

Sadly, soon after retiring from North Haven Middle School, Nigro died unexpectedly. The 66-year-old and his wife, Ann, were set to move into their new home in Rock Hill, South Carolina when he suffered a heart attack in April 2021.

Now, Nigro’s daughter, Kristina, has set up a memorial scholarship in his name. The award will be distributed to at least one North Haven High School student each spring.

“I know how much he was loved in North Haven. and giving back to the town and kids there would be something he would appreciate,” Kristina Nigro said.

“He truly loved his North Haven Middle School family. He spoke so highly of his coworkers, which meant most of them were more like family.”

Born in Meriden, Richard Nigro graduated from Maloney High School and Western Connecticut State University, where he earned his masters in music education.

A versatile musician, Nigro played saxophone and clarinet and was part of many ensembles and bands.

Nigro’s passion for music was evident in the classroom.

“[H]e loved his job and he connected with his students,” former student Chrissy Turcio stated.

Elvira Zawadowski said Nigro taught her four daughters “and we all loved him.”

“He was the best,” Zawadowski said.

To contribute to the Richard J. Nigro Scholarship Fund, send check written out to NHHS Scholarship Drive (Richard Nigro Scholarship in the memo line) to: NHHS c/o Nancy Parkos, 221 Elm St., North Haven, CT 06473.



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