The Obit For Fred Bortolotti

F. Fred Bortolotti

Published in The Patriot Ledger from October 24 to October 25, 2011

F. Fred Bortolotti, 88, formerly of Milton, died Friday, Oct. 21, 2011 at Radius Health facility, located at Quincy Medical Center, after a brief illness.

Fred was predeceased by his loving wife, Barbara R. (Shephard) in 2004. Fred was the devoted father of Alfred Bortolotti and his wife Jeane of Hanover, Catherine Simisky and her husband Edward of Shrewsbury, Sharon Bjorkman and her husband Philip of Marshfield, Barbara Connick and her husband Paul of Hull, Dale Bortolotti of Hyde Park, Frederick Bortolotti of Hull and the late Lauri Bortolotti.

He is also survived by ten grandchildren, Michaelyn, Corinne, Philip, Jarrett, Jenette, Christopher, Kevin, Michaela, Neil, Erin, his sister Gloria DelPico of Braintree; his brother Harold Bortolotti of Milton, his sister Karen Lorusso of Hanover, and his brother the late Warren Bortolotti. Fred was born in Milton, son of the late Fedele Bortolotti and Catherine (Noris) Bortolotti.

He graduated from Milton High School, 1942, a star athlete and still holds the single season batting average record of .537. Fred was inducted into the Milton High Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010, a highlight achievement in his later years.

Fred played in the Boston Red Sox and Pittsburg Pirate minor league organizations for four years following his military service.

Fred took tremendous pride in being a member of the greatest generation and serving his country. He served in the 1st Division Marine Corp. and saw heavy combat in the South Pacific Theatre.

Fred was co-owner of the family plastering business F.F. Bortolotti of Milton before his early retirement due to health reasons.

Fred will be remembered for his strong resolve and fierce independence. The family would like to thank the Hancock Park Adult Day Health and the Veterans Association for their caring support of Fred. Fred also received the utmost care from the compassionate staff at Quincy Medical Center and Radius Health.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Agatha Church, 432 Adams St., Milton, Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 10:30 a.m. Visiting hours will be held at the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home, 326 Granite Ave., Milton, Tuesday, 3 to 7 p.m.

Interment in Milton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Saint Jude Childrens Hospital, 505 N. Parkway, Memphis, TN, 38103.