Brian D. Nugent grew up in West Haven, CT, the youngest of five children. From a young age, his time was divided between family, school, church activities and sports. These were the very things that continued to define him in his adult years.
Nugent was diagnosed with cancer in June of 2014 and passed away on Oct. 4, 2014. Throughout his illness he was courageous and, as best he could, continued to put others first. He touched many lives and is very much missed.
Nugent graduated from UNH and opened Nugent's Pot Belly Luncheonette. With his first child on the way, he chose to embark on a career as a West Haven police officer. When an injury forced him to retire from the force, he began a long and successful career with United Technologies Corporation. At the time of his passing he held the position of corporate ombudsman.
Always with a smile on his face, a kind word to share, and a song in his heart, he led by example. Nugent's deep love for God and unshakable faith guided him throughout his life and comforted him throughout his illness.
For Nugent, proud father of seven, family was his top priority. When not at work, he was supporting family and community through church, school, coaching, and scouting activities. It is what he did best. Though gone, his wife, Kiki, his family and his friends carry on his legacy through a Campership Award, continuing to touch the lives of children.
The Brian D. Nugent Campership will provide $300 for one student in four categories — K-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12 — to attend a camp or take a lesson in an effort to better themselves and ultimately better the world. Camps/lessons (not limited to summertime) can range from astronomy to sports to zoology. Students who apply must reside in Cheshire or West Haven, or be a child living in Connecticut whose parent is employed by UTC. Students who have submitted essays in the past, but have not won, are welcomed to write again.
The deadline is whichever comes first — March 17, or when 40 essays are received. Submissions are to include the applicant’s name, school, grade and topic chosen. Kindergartners and first graders are welcome to submit illustrations with their essays.
The choice of topics is as follows:
*An event or experience in which you appreciated the importance of family.
*An event or a sacrament received that brought you closer to God.
*An event or experience that gave you a better understanding of the role of a police officer.
*A teacher or coach who you are certain changed you as a person.
*An event in your community in which you and other residents came together for a greater good.
Finished essays can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.