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Brian John Foster Dies At 61, Greenwich Native And Youth Sports Coach

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GREENWICH, Conn. — Brian John Foster, a Greenwich native and youth coach,  died peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 2, at Greenwich Hospital. He was 61.

He was born Jan. 30, 1956, in Port Chester, N.Y., and was raised in the Chickahominy section of Greenwich.

Foster attended Hamilton Avenue School, Western Junior High School and Greenwich High School.

He was an avid and competitive athlete who excelled in multiple sports throughout his life. His love of sports began at age 8 while playing with Armstrong Court’s 8-, 9- and 10-year-old baseball team with Coach Don Hensley.

He continued playing baseball with the 11- and 12-year-olds under Coach Harry Van Dyke Sr. Winning the Town Championship, Foster pitched a two-hitter for the win and was named to the All-Star Team.

At Western Junior High School, Foster participated in baseball, basketball, wrestling, gymnastics and football. He played football for the Red Devils, where he met one of his mentors, Ralph Arnone, who Foster referred to as not just a coach, but also as a father figure and friend.

Foster continued to play football and basketball at Greenwich High School, where he was the starting quarterback on the football team (# 11) under Coach Mike Ornato.

His love of sports continued, as he played on many baseball, basketball and football teams in town recreational leagues.

Foster later began coaching, where in his first stint led the CCI basketball team to the town championship in the high school league.

He also coached the BANC Raiders for many years in the Greenwich Youth Football League and considered his biggest and best accomplishments to have come through coaching and teaching children.

In his later years, Foster picked up golf, which became his passion and he even got a hole-in-one.

He also worked for many years for the Hastings on the Hudson School District, where he was loved by faculty, staff and students.

He is survived by his daughter Beverly Foster; grandchildren Jada Nunez and Stephen Nunez; stepsons Doug Allan Jr. and David Allan; his loving best friend Kimmie; and his siblings, Juni Foster, Billy Foster, Kathy Foster Robinson and Preston Foster, as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his mother Shirley M. Foster and James B. Foster Sr.

Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 8, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Greenwich followed by burial at Greenwood Union Cemetery in Rye, N.Y.

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