Weston lost a wonderful father, husband, loyal citizen and passionate coach Sunday, May 6, 2012, with the passing of Adam Wysota, who died suddenly following a heart attack. He was 47 years old.
In addition to a successful career on Wall Street, Adam was a deeply committed volunteer in the town he loved. The night before he died he was on the WHS track, walking in Relay for Life, the annual fund-raising event for the American Cancer Society. Every year for the last decade he coached young athletes on Weston Little League and Babe Ruth baseball, and Weston Recreation League basketball teams. A team member would always be one of his three sons, Andrew, Austin or Addison. A team fan would always be his wife of 20 years, Allison.
He was introduced to the former Allison O’Reilly by her own parents who met him at a party and, according to his mother-in-law Arlene O’Reilly, deemed Adam Wysota “a man of integrity. “
One of the many emails sent to the Wysota family since his death said, “It’s hard for us to think Little League without thinking Wysota. That coach, his beautiful family, they acted like they’d already won something, something big, much more important than a Little League final.”
Son Austin, a freshman at Weston High School, adds that his father loved coaching because of the “team comaraderie, experiencing all the highs and the lows.”
Adam was Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer for DTCC, The Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation. Prior to signing on with DTCC he held similar positions at Barclays Capital and Lehman Brothers. He also worked for 11 years as an executive director at Morgan Stanley Institutional Securities.
He skipped a grade of high school to graduate in 1982, a year ahead of his classmates and went on to earn bachelor’s degrees in Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry from Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, in 1986. He was awarded a master’s degree in Astrophysics from Stony Brook University, in 1989. There, Adam was on track to earn a Ph.D in Astrophysics but met his future wife and ditched the advanced degree for strong employment.
Wysota was also a Jets fan. He spoke many times of aligning with another NFL team but decided he was too loyal to abandon the Jets. And in fact just a week ago he predicted to a family member, “The Jets will win the Superbowl with Tebow as quarterback.”
Adam Wysota is survived by his wife Allison, son Andrew, a freshman at the University of Maryland, son Austin, a Weston High School freshman, and son Addison, a 6th grader at Weston Middle School; sister Jami Wysota and brother-in-law Tom Mitchell and their children Jackson and Mackenzie of Ridgefield; Mother and Father-in-law, John and Arlene O’Reilly of Fairfield, CT; Sister-in-law Susan Wolny and her husband Michael of Longwood, Florida; Sister-in-law Karen Hartje and her daughters Haley, Nicole and Kaitlyn of Guilford, CT; Brother-in-law Kevin O’Reilly, wife Donna and their four children Brittney, Meagan, Derek and Brianna.
A wake will be held Wednesday, May 9, at Spear Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road in Fairfield from 4 to 8pm.
The Funeral Service will be 11am on Friday, May 11, at Black Rock Congregational Church in Fairfield, 3685 Black Rock Turnpike. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations in Adam’s memory be made to Save the Children (www.savethechildren.org) or United Way (www.unitedway.org).
—by the family