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Legendary grid coach Skubel passes at 73

MERIDEN -- Services will be held Tuesday and Wednesday for football coach John Skubel, who died Saturday at age 73 after a nine-year battle with cancer.

Skubel, who lived on Meriden’s Kenwood Road with his wife Dolores, won 137 games coaching at Middletown and Woodrow Wilson high schools. He was also briefly coach of Maloney High School’s football team.

Skubel’s greatest success came at Middletown High, where he led the Blue Dragons to five state championship appearances. He won three state titles in 1984, 1987 and 1992. His 1984 team went undefeated and was voted the No. 1 team in Connecticut.

Skubel was voted coach of the year four times -- in 1981, 1986, 1993 and 1996. He was inducted into the Middletown Sports Hall of Fame in 2000. Middletown High’s Rosek-Skubel Stadium, opened in 2009, is named after him.

Skubel’s wake will be held Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. at Stempien Funeral Home on Broad Street in Meriden. His burial mass is 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Stanislaus Church in Meriden.



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