Michael Petosa, 83
Born in upstate Syracuse, he was brought to Richmond when he was 9 months old and lived there until 1965, when he settled in Egbertville.
A graduate of New Dorp High School, Mr. Petosa earned his bachelor of science degree in business from Wagner College, Grymes Hill, and received his master’s degree in education from New York University, Manhattan.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1946-1947, a medic stationed stateside at Fort Lewis, Wash.
Mr. Petosa was a byproducts manager for Nassau Smelting in Tottenville, which recycled scrap materials for AT&T. As part of his job, he helped open refineries throughout the world. After retiring in 2007, he became a private consultant in recycling nonferrous materials.
He liked to play golf with business associates, but his favorite sport was baseball. He pitched, was an outfielder, and gained renown as a cleanup hitter at New Dorp, at Wagner, where he was captain of the baseball team, and he played on a farm team for the New York Giants in 1945, family said. He also played semipro ball for the New Dorp Queens.
Travel was Mr. Petosa’s true passion. His work required that he go all over the globe, and he had been to Europe, Russia, China, Taiwan, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, and exotic countries like Tibet and Egypt. His wife and children often accompanied him during the summers, and after his children were grown, he and his wife traveled extensively for many years.
At home, he loved to garden, cook and make wine, and he raised chickens in the back yard.
“He was completely devoted to his family and friends,” said his daughter, Dr. Leslie Petosa. “He was hardworking and honest, and would give anyone the shirt off his back.”
Mr. Petosa was a longtime parishioner of St. Patrick’s R.C. Church, Richmond. No matter where he was in the world, he faithfully attended mass, his daughter said.
Also surviving are his wife of 56 years, the former Louise Desaro; his daughter, Louise Petosa; two sisters, Antoinette DeSanti and Mary Petosa, and four grandchildren.
The funeral will be Wednesday from the Hanley Funeral Home, New Dorp, with a mass at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick’s Church. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Grasmere.