Remembering Ed Tyburski as Housy athletic director
Friends and family of the late Edward Tyburski attended the renaming and dedication of HVRHS’s gymnasium on Saturday, Feb. 18. Left to right: Jeffrey Tyburski, Michael Tyburski, Elizabeth Tyburski and Edward Tyburski Jr. 
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Remembering Ed Tyburski as Housy athletic director

FALLS VILLAGE — Former Housatonic Valley Regional High School Athletic Director Edward Tyburski passed away peacefully in his Salisbury home on Jan. 21. Following the funeral service at St. Joseph Church in North Canaan on  Saturday, Feb. 18,  family members, colleagues and friends made their way to the high school for lunch and a tribute.

Tyburski served as Housatonic’s athletic director from 1966 to 1992 and ushered in a new era of team sports at the high school. One year after becoming athletic director at HVRHS, Tyburski initiated a sports program for girls, five years before Title IX, the federal legislation that outlawed sex-based discrimination for schools that receive federal funding. Under his leadership, the athletic program increased from six sports and 11 teams to 21 sports and 34 teams.

Current HVRHS Athletic Director Anne MacNeil welcomed the procession with opening remarks on her predecessor.

“Like our mascot, the Mountaineer, Ed is a legend among these walls,” said MacNeill. “Ed’s mark on Housatonic athletics is everywhere.”

Friends and loved ones spoke passionately about their memories of Tyburski in the room where he once coached.

“A consummate gentleman, Ed faithfully and lovingly served his country, his community, his profession, and his family and friends,” said Ron Dower, former HVRHS coach and guidance counselor.

The attendees then walked to the gymnasium that was originally built under Tyburski’s leadership, now named after Tyburski.

“This room holds very special memories for Ed,” said MacNeil during the dedication. “Because of his commitment to Housatonic athletics and the special place that this room represented to Ed, on behalf of the Housatonic Valley Regional High School, I proudly dedicate the gym the Edward S. Tyburski Gymnasium.”

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