The Obit For Michael Fandozzi

Michael J. Fandozzi

Published in Albany Times Union on February 4, 2012

Michael J. Fandozzi, age 84 years, of N. Vernon St., Athens, died February 2, 2012 at Albany Medical Center. He was born in Athens on May 15, 1927 and was the son of the late John J. and Mary (Hill) Fandozzi. Michael served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

During his lifetime, he was an insurance agent for the Prudential Life Insurance Company. He loved to golf, and also to bowl. He was a professional baseball player for 20 years and played for the Milwaukee Braves and the Atlanta Braves. He is now mentioned in the Baseball Hall of Fame and received the silver glove award.

He was a communicant of St. Patrick's Church, Athens, and also a member of the Catskill Elks 1341.

Michael loved and cherished his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Ronald (Susan) Ward and Mrs. Glen (Carol) Thompson. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Tracy, Michael, Melissa, Meghan, Jillian and Reif and his great-grandchildren, Jason, Caitlyn, Ryan, Alexa, Jean-Paul and Tanner. Also surviving is his dear companion Joan DiStefano.

A Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 7, 2012, at 10 a.m., at St. Patrick's R.C. Church, Athens. Interment in the Old Athens Rural Cemetery will follow with full military honors next to his late wife Sue (Marshall) Fandozzi who predeceased him on January 26, 1999.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours at Richards Funeral Home, 28 North Vernon St., Athens, on Monday, February 6, 2012 from 4 to 8 p.m.