Michael J. Bottacari (Mario Bottachiari)
Michael J. Bottacari (Mario Bottachiari), 82, formerly of Waterbury and Milford, died May 9, 2012, following a long illness at the Jacobson State Veterans’ Home in Port Charlotte, Florida.
Mike was born in Waterbury, CT on April 8, 1930 to the late Emilio and Filomena (Luzzi) Bottachiari.
Mr. Bottacari grew up on Pine Hill in Waterbury where he explored the caves of the rocky hilltop and played baseball with his friends at every opportunity.
He was a lifelong Yankees fan and it is easy to picture him in his youth glued to the radio listening to their games.
Mike was good looking, smart, and a hit with the ladies. He graduated Leavenworth High School in 1948 and in 1949, when it was all the rage, was crowned Waterbury’s roller-skating champion.
After graduation he joined the Navy’s Hospital Corps and served honorably with the U.S. Marines in Korea in 1950-51. Mike batted third and played shortstop for the UCONN Waterbury Branch baseball team. He graduated from the UCONN School of Pharmacy in 1956 and went on to work as a sales representative for several manufacturers and as pharmacist at a various drug stores.
Mike was named Head Pharmacist at Milford Hospital in 1969 and worked there for many years before moving on to St. Vincent Medical Center to conclude his career.
Mike was an accomplished actor having appeared in more than twenty plays, often at Bridgeport’s Polka Dot Playhouse. He was also an avid UCONN Basketball fan and has years of videotape to prove it.
Mike retired to Punta Gorda, FL with the love of his life, Sheila, where he played ball all-year-round, did his crossword puzzles, and enjoyed his pool.
Mike had a great sense of humor, loved his cats, and named all of them Spike.
Mike is survived by his wife Sheila Bottacari (Murphy) and her four children: Cathy, Jimmy, Tim, and Jennifer. He is survived by his son, Ronald Bottacari (Cheryl) of Naugatuck, his son Michael Bottachiari (Kathy) of Mesa, AZ, and his sister Ida Spinella (Joe) of Waterbury. He is also survived by his grandchildren; Jennie, Ryan, Joseph, Steven, Kyle, and Christine, along with Hailey, Emilie and Ned, and by great grandchildren, Dominick, Vinny, Lia and Vito, and by Alyvia. He leaves three nephews and four nieces, along with a host of extended family members and friends.
Mike was predeceased by his son Robert Bottacari and by his sisters Helen (Sam) Paventy and Jean (Don) Martinelli.
A funeral mass will be held DIRECTLY at St. Mary’s Church, 70 Gulf Street, Milford on Saturday, June 30th at 9AM. Interment will follow with full military honors in St. Mary’s Cemetery, 425 Buckingham Avenue, Milford. The Gregory F. Doyle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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