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Groton - Raymond Bartolucci,
92, of Hillside Road, Groton, died Feb. 12, 2009, at his home.
He was born Sept. 30, 1916, in New London, the son of the late Alfred
and Louisa (Ciavaglia) Bartolucci. During his high school years, Ray was
an outstanding varsity athlete in baseball, football, and basketball.
He was a key player in the historic football game between Chapman Tech
and the Bulkeley School. The historic win gave Chapman Tech an undefeated
season in 1933.
After graduating from Chapman Tech, he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals
baseball organization and played for farm teams in the Midwest and later
in the Penn League for four years.
He was united in
marriage to Bernice "Bee" (Koch) Bartolucci on Dec. 28, 1971,
in St. Mary Church, Stonington; Mrs. Bartolucci died Jan. 4, 2003.
Ray was an Army
veteran serving in World War II. Upon returning from Germany, he served
as a supernumerary in the Connecticut State Police. He was employed at
Electric Boat for many years as an electrician.
He played football and baseball for the Electric Boat Athlete Club and
the former Morgan Park baseball league. Later he managed the baseball
teams in both leagues. Mr. Bartolucci was currently serving as president
for the E.B.A.C. retirees.
He was a life member in the New London Elks # 360, was Past-Exalted Ruler,
and served in many other official capacities. He was a member of the Italian
Dramatic Club in New London. He enjoyed playing golf and was a charter
member of the New London Country Club in Waterford and a member of Shennecosset
Golf Club in Groton, were he worked as a starter for many years.
He worked part-time for the late Anthony Impellitteri at the former Impellitteri
Memorial Home and continued with Impellitteri-Malia Funeral Home. Mr.
Bartolucci was currently working for the Mohegan Sun Casino as a security
officer until his illness.
He is survived
by a sister, Laura Lanzoni of Waterford; two stepsons, Dean Christie of
Griswold and Tom Christie of Stonington; a cousin, Alma Verbillo of New
London; three grandchildren, Michael, Danielle, and Jenna Christie; and
a great-grandchild, Noelle.
He was predeceased
by three brothers, Lebro, Silvio, and Guido Bartolucci.
His family will
receive relatives and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday at the Impellitteri-Malia
Funeral Home, 84 Montauk Ave., New London. Funeral services will be held
at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home followed by interment in Jordan
In lieu of flowers,
donations in his memory may be made to Hospice Southeastern CT, 227 Dunham
St., Norwich CT 06360.