VENICE, Fla. — James Bartolotta of Venice, formerly of Oxford, beloved husband of Louise (Kapusta) Bartolotta, passed away peacefully on June 16, 2021.
Born on April 20, 1936, in Ansonia, he was the son of the late James and Dorothy Bartolotta. A graduate of Pine High School, he worked most of his life for the Farrel Corporation as a largely self-taught machinist, operating large lathes and two wheel grinders. At Farrel’s he was also a Steelworkers Union rep.
He met his wife, Louise, by frequenting Vonetti’s where she worked behind the counter. He was proof you could take the boy out of the valley, but not the valley out of the boy.
After marriage they made their life in Oxford, as he wanted his family to have a better life than he had.
He built their house on Hogs Back Road and spent years growing more tomatoes than his family wanted to eat.
He was a volunteer fireman with the Quaker Farms Fire Department and past member of the Ansonia BPOE Elks Lodge.
He loved the outdoors and had an uncanny ability to successfully fish and hunt that he developed along the river in Ansonia. He was also especially good at horseshoes, billiards and cards, and never lost his touch.
After retiring from Farrel Corp. in 1997, he moved with his wife to Venice, to leave the winter behind and try their hands at golf. Turned out he was a better wing shooter than golfer, but perseverance payed off and he loved playing with his new golfing friends.
In Florida, he also worked at Van Pelt Machinery
In addition to his wife of 64 years, he is survived by his three sons, James Bartolotta (Debbie) of Orlando, Fla., Stephen Bartolotta (Susie) of Meadow Vista, Calif., and Andrew Bartolotta (Dan) of Weston; his adored grandchildren, Rachel, Michelle, Cherise, Sebastian, Nora and Wyatt; great-grandchildren, Vanesa, Joseph, Carlee and Leah; several nieces and nephews; a brother, Richard Bartolotta (Mike), and a sister, Carol Tonucci (Richard). He was predeceased by his sister, Geraldine Salzano.
Internment at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Derby will be scheduled at a later date.
Donations in his memory can be made to the Quaker Farms Fire Department, Oxford.