Westport Mourns With John Chacho

For decades — as a physical education teacher, coach, and in retirement a nursery school worker — John Chacho helped raise Westport’s youth.

He and his wife Lucille raised 2 of their own:  Steve and Susan.

Stephen Chacho

On Thursday, Steve died of a heart attack after shoveling snow.  He was 46 years old.

A lifelong resident of Westport, he was a wrestler, soccer player and track athlete.  He graduated from Staples in 1982,  and attended Sacred Heart University.

He spent his career in the restaurant industry, and was a passionate and creative cook.

In addition to his parents, Steve is survived by his wife, Angela Chacho, and 2 stepchildren, Abbey-Lynn Albani and Joseph Albani.  He is also survived by his mother in-law, Mary Abraham and his father in-law, Louis Mennillo, andn many cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East.

Friends and family are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. at Assumption Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions in Stephen’s name to Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave., Westport, CT 06880.

Those wishing to leave an online condolence can click here.  Cards may be sent to John and Lucille Chacho at 11 Tarone Dr., Westport, CT 06880.

18 responses to “Westport Mourns With John Chacho

  1. Really sad to hear this news.
    A good guy and a great family.

  2. It’s heartbreaking news to hear. Our love and condolences are with you.
    Toni and Steve Rubin

  3. Coach Chacho my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I had the chance to compete against Steve in soccer both in the Westport Soccer Association as well as in Junior High School. I then had the chance to be a teammate of Steve’s when we were at Staples. Steve will truly be missed.

  4. Malia (Enright) Ott

    Coach Chacho,
    My heart aches for you, Sue and your family. Steve was such a bright light, and sweet, gentle soul. His smile and the twinkle in his eye that he inherited from you, made all that knew him, better for having been blessed with his presence.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Malia (Enright) Ott

  5. Burt and Ann Tritscheller

    Lucille and John,
    We are devasted to learn of Steven’s passing. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. One cannot imagine the loss a parent feels when their child passes or is ill. We can try, but know that the grief you feel is immeasureable. Please accept our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy to all of you. Mike and Nell will be there for him with arms open. God bless you all.

  6. Richard lawrence Stein

    Coach Chacho was one of the great mentors in my life. I was lucky enough to know Stephen since i was five years old. We use to scrap on the mats and have great fun learning under his father. What a trruly sad day for the Chacho family and all those who are and were friends of Steve’s. So sorry for your loss Coach….

  7. Terry Brannigan

    Steve was a wonderful kid who grew into a wonderful man. The apple never falls far from the tree. Steve got equal measures of the best of both of his parents.
    “A ship sails and I stand watching till she fades on the horizon and someone at my side says she’s gone.
    But gone where? Gone from my sight, that’s all. She’s just as large now as when I last saw her.
    And just at that moment, when someone at my side says she is gone, there are others who are watching her coming over their horizon and take up a glad shout – There she comes!

  8. Coach,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you, Sue, Lucille, and the rest of the family at this difficult time.
    Steve was full of energy and always shared a smile much like the one that you have shed on all of us that you have coached througout the years.
    Stay strong.

  9. Carey Leonard

    Lucille, John and Susan,

    Such sad news to hear. I’ve known Steven since grade school, having run track with him at Bedford under your tutelage, Coach. Steve always had a ready smile for everyone he met and a wonderful “glass is half-full” outlook on life. My most sincere condolences to all of you and your extended family.

  10. Leslie Pfeiffer Marchese

    With much sadness for your family. I am so sad for your loss. Steve was lovely and always had a smile on his face and a nice thing to say. May your thoughts of good times get you through.

  11. Lucille, John and Susan,
    I am deeply sorry to hear about Steve. He was such a special person and I have so many warm memories of him. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Steve was one in a million.

  12. Hello Coach,
    I’m sorry that the first chance I’ve had to contact you after so many years have passed since you were my coach, are under such sad circumstances. I’m really heartbroken for you, Susan and the rest of the family and close friends. Stephen was a chip off the old block when I had last seen him many years ago, and I’m sure he was only better with age. My prayers and sympathies to all.

  13. Kimberley Grayson

    I am so deeply sorry to hear of this loss and sending my condolences to the whole family. This sad news for such a wonderful Westport family – my heart goes out to you and my prayers are with you

  14. Much sadness here in Brooklyn with the shocking news of Steve’s sudden passing. He was a real human being; someone who looked beyond his own existence into the lives of others–even from the age of 13–and made a difference. Much credit to his parents for raising a son who had a positive influence on other young people. His impact on us all was, is, and will be lasting.

    Bless you Coach Chacho, and condolences to you and your family.

  15. Coach Chacho,
    My Condolences go to you and your family. I know no words can make up for your loss. I do want you to know that you helped so many of your teams grow from boys to men. We are all like your sons and love you very much.

  16. robert maccloy


    So sorry to hear this news. Steve was a great guy, always a smile on his face – he will be greatly missed. You are in my thoughts at this tough time.


    Rob MacCloy (and family)

  17. Coach,
    Our prayers are with you.
    The Feeley Family

  18. What a terrible shame. My condolences to family and friends.

    Chris Grimm