John Stellitano ( 1923—)
This WWII bomber pilot, educator and athletic coach will turn 100 in March of 2023. He flew 36 missions over Germany in a B-17 Flying Fortress between December 1944 and March 1945. His plane was shot down and he and his crew were fortunate to survive. He is well known locally for his legendary exploits at Westerly High School, where he excelled as a student athlete and later as a coach. This lifelong Westerly resident holds BS and MS degrees in education from URI, and a Doctorate from Boston University.
John has also been inducted into the Westerly High School Athletic Hall of Fame, Rhode Island Coaches Hall of Fame and Rhode Island Interscholastic League Hall of Fame.