Brian D. Nugent grew up in West Haven, the youngest of five children. From a young age, his time was divided between family, school and church activities, and sports. These were the things that continued to define him in his adult years.
Brian was diagnosed with cancer in June of 2014 and passed away on Oct. 4. Throughout his illness, he was courageous and, as best he could, continued to put others first. He touched many lives, making the world a better place.
Brian graduated from the University of New Haven 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. Brian’s deep love for God and his unshakable faith guided him throughout his life and comforted him throughout his illness.
Remembering Brian, his wife Kiki Nugent said, “Brian was a dedicated father to his five older boys and to our two children, Timothy and Mary Margaret. He was over the moon when he became a grandfather! Family was his number-one priority. When not at work, he was supporting our family and community through church, school, coaching and scouting activities. It is what he did best.
The Brian D. Nugent campership allows me, along with family and friends, to honor Brian’s legacy and continue to touch the lives of children.”
The Brian D. Nugent Campership, will award $325 to one student in each of four grade categories (K–Grade 2, Grades 3–5, Grades 6–8, Grades 9–12) to attend a camp or take lessons, 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. Due to the generosity of a co-worker of Brian’s, this year’s campership award amount has been increased from $300 to $325.
Students must reside in Cheshire or West Haven, or be a child living in Connecticut with a parent employed by Raytheon Technologies (formerly UTC). Students who have submitted essays in the past but have not won, may write again.
Essays must be submitted individually and must include name, school, grade and topic chosen. Kindergartners and 1st graders are welcome to submit illustrations with their essay.
Choose from these essay topics:
•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 that 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 masterpieces can be emailed to : firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submissions is March 17, or when 50 essays are received — whichever comes first.