NORWALK, Conn. – Richard Vincent Bortolot Sr., 94, died on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015.
Born in Fall River, Massachusetts, on May 8, 1920, to the late Raymond and Jean Bortolot, he was a resident of Norwalk since the age of 5.
For more than 70 years, he was the husband of Victoria Pinto Bortolot, his high-school sweetheart. They were together as a couple for more than 76 years. An alumnus of Norwalk High School Class of 1939, he was an outstanding athlete who excelled in many sports, particularly on the varsity basketball team.
He retired from the Nash Engineering Company in 1985 after a 43-year career. He remained active throughout his retirement as treasurer of the Southport Square Dance Club, where he taught square, round and ballroom dancing. He also worked for many years as an Election Day moderator, and received special recognition from the Secretary of the State and the Connecticut State Legislature for his efforts.
He was an honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 46 and was a founding charter member of the Oak Hills Park Authority. He served as a volunteer fireman at the East Norwalk fire station for many years, and was fire chief for the Nash Engineering Fire Department.
He is survived by his children, Carole Sementini of Redding; Richard V. Bortolot Jr. of Westport; Victoria J. Bortolot of Bethel; Raymond Bortolot of Redding; and Jeffrey Bortolot of Norwalk; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a son, Gary W. Bortolot, two brothers and one sister.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 10 a.m. at St. Jerome Church, 23 Half Mile Road in Norwalk. Interment will be at St. John Cemetery on Richards Avenue.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Bortolot’s name may be made to St. Jerome Church. For directions or to leave an online condolence, visit the Magner Funeral Home here .
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