George Nasuti was a principal, teacher, coach, athletic director, family man, and friend; Saturday a city gathered to say goodbye.
Ed Benjamin best described the tone of Saturday's event when he spoke to the crowd saying "today is a celebration of the love and devotion he has given to this city and its students for over 30 years."
George Nasuti died a few weeks ago doing what he loved: officiating a youth basketball game.
Dr. Patrick McGee, Curriculum Director at Woonsocket School District, spoke of Nasuti's legacy "his impact on the students, adults and youth of this community was unparalleled."
Music filled the gym at Woonsocket High School, where people in attendance donned the maroon and white colors of the Villanovans; a testament to how important he was to the community.
Congressman David Cicilline spotted in the crowd among Nasuti's family and friends listening to city council members and the mayor tell stories about their friend.
Chris Beauchamp, City Councilman, addressed the crowd about the importance of carrying on the legacy that George began "we need to carry George's legacy. We need to carry what George did because he did it in such a quiet, humble way, but it was so impactful."
And his legacy will be carried on; a road race he helped start will now bear his name. As Judy Sullivan told NBC 10 "I am convinced that the Novan's Pride 5K was a success because of George. It was his ability to motivate and rally the city so it is only fitting that we are renaming the race "George Nasuti Novan's Pride 5K."
And the 2014 version of that race will be run on Monday, May 26th.
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