Joseph Michael Fico died suddenly on Monday, October 23, 2017. He was born on April 25th, 1982 in Stamford, CT. He was 35 years old.
Mr. Fico is survived by his daughter, Cecilia, and his mother, Katherine M. Fico of Stamford. Joe was predeceased by his father, Joseph Fico; his paternal grandparents, Ralph and Josephine Fico, and his maternal grandparents Henry and Mary Helen Walsh. He is also survived by four brothers: Michael J., and his wife, Karen, of New Canaan; Thomas J. of Jerusalem, Israel; Kevin J., and his wife Michelle of Norwalk; and Timothy J. of Raleigh, North Carolina. He is also survived by three sisters: Rebecca M. Venable, of Oxford, CT; Bridget M. Barrot, and her husband John, of Norwalk and Katie M. Vandall, and her husband John, also of Norwalk. He was uncle to 13 nieces and nephews: Kaitlyn, Michael, Lauren and Charlotte Fico of New Canaan; Alison and Amy Soderquist, Matthew, Aidan, Joseph, and Mark Venable, all of Oxford; Malcolm and Will Barrot of Norwalk, and Nicholas Vandall of Norwalk. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
From a very young age, under the guidance of his dad, Joe was a standout pitcher in Springdale Little League. He attended Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford and Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA. At Trinity, Joe was a member of the 2000 FCIAC and State Championship baseball teams as a talented second baseman. He lettered in both baseball and football at Trinity and later returned there as an assistant freshman football and baseball coach. In 2016, he became the head coach of a Huntington Valley, CA Little League team – the same league that had won the Little League World Series back in 2011. Joe was happiest when he was coaching and mentoring kids in the game he loved most - baseball. He also worked as a sales manager at Warrior Custom Golf in Irvine, California where he was a dedicated employee for six years. Joe will be remembered most for his beautiful smile, his kind heart, and his love of all things baseball. He will be sorely missed.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Joseph Fico Memorial Fund, Stamford North Little League (formerly Springdale LL), C/O Tom Duddie, 16 Davenport Ridge La, Stamford CT 06903. Visitation will be held from 4-8 PM on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at Thomas M Gallagher Funeral Home ( next to knights of Columbus) 453 Shippan Ave, Stamford (203)-359-9999. A Mass of Christian Burial Will be held 10:30 AM on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at Holy Spirit Church 403 Scofieldtown Rd Stamford, CT. Interment to follow at St John Cemetery, Darien, CT. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.gallagherfuneralhome.com