Morris family hopes for return of 87-year-old's UConn hat lost at Final Four in Houston

Bob LaBonne Sr. lost some of his UConn good luck charms after Saturday's national semifinal in Houston, including his hat with over 50 Husky Final Four and regional final pins. It weighs over 9 lbs.

Mark Sudol

Apr 4, 2023, 9:26 PM

Updated 376 days ago

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A Morris family is hoping for the return of some very sentimental UConn basketball memorabilia that was lost after Saturday's men's game in Houston by one of UConn's oldest fans.
Bob LaBonne Jr. and his 87-year-old father Bob LeBonne Sr. were at Monday night's UConn win.
"It was absolutely a home crowd last night. We had way more fans than San Diego State," said Bob LaBonne Jr.
Bob LaBonne Sr. lost some of his UConn good luck charms after Saturday's national semifinal in Houston, including his hat with over 50 Husky Final Four and regional final pins. It weighs over 9 lbs.
"It's got to be out there and hopefully somebody returns it to my 87-year-old father, who, it is, again a treasure for him," said LaBonne.
Bob LaBonne Jr. posted about the lost treasure on Facebook.
"It's been amazing the outpouring of UConn fans just all over the country just saying 'Oh, come on we're praying for him, praying for the return of the hat,'" said Bob LaBonne Jr.
The family hopes someone will deliver the lost hat to the family business LaBonne Markets, which was started in Watertown in the 1960s.
"He's got such a big heart, he gives the shirt off his back and has been doing that his entire life and we're blessed to still have him in our family. He's just so much fun. He's the energizer bunny," said Bob LaBonne Jr.
Bob LaBonne Jr. is offering a $500 reward to anyone who can return the memorabilia. You can contact him at 203-509-2902.


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