From the Red Cross Column in the local paper written by Dianne Augur in October 2000. Dianne is the executive director of the southeastern Fairfield County Chapter of the Red Cross.
On Monday, your local Red Cross chapter sponsored its first annual Fern Tetreau Golf Classic. Close to 80 golfers teed off at the Patterson Club in Fairfield. To many of you, Fern is no stranger. In fact. Fern is known throughout Fairfield simply as "Coach", by family members, friends, former students and athletes, and members of the community. Currently, Fern, 79, is a successful real estate executive. He is a certified specialist, a distinction that is achieved by less than 4 percent of the realtors in the nation. A native of Sanford, Maine, Fern has lived and worked in Fairfield, with his wife Rowena, for the past 47 years. He is a notary public, who is happy to make "house calls"; a member of the Greater Fairfield Board of Realtors; the National and Connecticut associations of realtors; and the Residential Specialists Council. Fern is a member of the Holy Name Society at Holy Family Church, the Gaelic American Club, American Legion Post 74 and the board of directors of the Retired Teachers Association. He is also involved with the Special Olympics. Despite all his successes, Fern is most proud of accomplishments on the football field - first a s a player and then a head football coach at Roger Ludlowe and Andrew Warde high schools. Fern is a special man. He is caring, compassionate and giving. When you talk to him you realize immediately that is something that Fern is proud of - his legacy to Fairfield's youth. Often, coaches earn reputation for wins and titles. While Fern has his share of those, to him, playing football was learning about life. He taught students that playing football was more than just about winning. It was learning about life. It was preparing you for the future.
On Monday, Fern played golf with many former students, teachers and town officials, as well as with his sons, one of whom is Michael, the former chairman of the board of the Southeastern Fairfield Chapter of the American Red Cross. Mike came to us at the Red Cross and said he wanted to sponsor a golf tournament as an everlasting tribute to his dad. He told me that his dad has given so much, not just to his family, but to his extended family as well - the youth in Fairfield. Mike said his dad always has been involved in something - coaching, volunteering, and now in the real estate business. The golf tournament was a way of saying thank you to Fern and giving something back to him. It was a time to remember someone who has been a fixture in Fairfield for many years, and someone who has spent almost his entire life helping others. This golf tournament which was supported by many Fairfield businesses and residents, also allowed us to continue our mission of helping others. The tournament raised $30,000. We, here at the Red Cross, say thank you to Fern, and to Mike, for your support, your dedication and your commitment to helping others.
Ro & Fern Tetreau Family Website. This page was updated on November 20, 2000.