The passing of Pat Oroszko last month is one of those things that makes people wonder what the universe is thinking when it decides to call some people home and not others.
Patrick C. Oroszko, a basketball player who honed his craft at St. John’s High School of Shrewsbury and Clark University – and later served the Cougars as an assistant men’s basketball coach and rose to Clark Graduate School’s director of student recruitment – died last month of cancer of the esophagus after a valiant and gritty seventh-month fight.
This past Wednesday he would have turned 35.
Oroszko’s obituary did a commendable job of detailing the events of his life, including the name of his wife, how long they’d been married, the names and ages of his children, the names of his brother and parents and in-laws. It even mentioned that he was a two-time team captain at Clark and that he enjoyed concerts and golf, the New England Patriots and watching professional wrestling on television.
What Oroszko’s obituary did not do — could not do — is adequately describe the man behind the death notice.
With the help of his wife, Courtney, brother Chris and former Clark teammates John Ginnity and Bobby Corazzini, here goes:
“He was just a good guy,” Courtney Oroszko said about her husband of five years, while unsuccessfully fighting back tears. “He was the most good and genuine person. He never had a bad thing to say about anyone. He was just such a good person, a good friend.
“We started off as friends and then he became my best friend and we fell in love, and here we are. He was a good man.”