Holy Cross Mourns The Loss Of Paul Brissette

Paul Brissette

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The broadcast television industry and western Massachusetts lost one of its shining stars.

Springfield native Paul Brissette lost his battle with cancer at his home in Wilmington, North Carolina, on Thursday, September 23.

He was 79 years old.

They called him "Breezer" when he was young... and it stuck.

Paul went to Classical and then Cathedral High School in Springfield where he stood out in baseball, football and basketball. He was inducted into the Cathedral High School Hall of Fame.

Brissette then came to Holy Cross, where he was the starting second baseman on the 1952 College World Series Championship squad and was the batting star of the 15-3 win over Western Michigan when he had a pair of doubles. He was selected as a District I All Star at second base following both his junior and senior seasons.  He batted .275 during the national championship season, followed up with a .328 average in 1953 and hit .292 as a senior in 1954. Brissette was inducted into the Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 1997.

Recruited by the Chicago White Sox, Paul could have had a career playing pro baseball, but he went into the army, worked at MassMutual for awhile, and joined WWLP in 1958.
Paul Brissette started in sales and then management for WWLP.

He went on to head up the Brissette Broadcasting Company, which owned eight television stations at one time.

Paul sold his company in late 1995 and retired to enjoy life, play golf, and participate in charities work.

Paul Brissette is remembered as a man devoted to his family, friends and former team-mates who kept in touch with him after more than a half century.

Arrangements are not complete.

A memorial Service is expected to be scheduled in Springfield.