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In Memory of

George James Bertolotti

June 26, 1930 - March 26, 2015

Obituary


George James Bertolotti, Sr, 84 passed away March 26, 2015 at home surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness.

Born on June 26, 1930 to John and Elizabeth Bertolotti in Brooklyn, New York. George graduated from Lafayette High School in Brooklyn where he excelled in basketball. George attended Niagara University on a basketball scholarship before honoring this country with his service during the Korean Conflict. George was in the 2nd Infantry Division of the United States Army.

On August 28, 1954 George married the love of his life, Grace Marie...

George James Bertolotti, Sr, 84 passed away March 26, 2015 at home surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness.

Born on June 26, 1930 to John and Elizabeth Bertolotti in Brooklyn, New York. George graduated from Lafayette High School in Brooklyn where he excelled in basketball. George attended Niagara University on a basketball scholarship before honoring this country with his service during the Korean Conflict. George was in the 2nd Infantry Division of the United States Army.

On August 28, 1954 George married the love of his life, Grace Marie Zoda. They shared a 55 year love affair until Grace's passing in 2009. Together they had three children.

George spent 20 years as a detective with the NYPD until he retired in 1976. The family moved from Seaford, Long Island to Bolton Landing, New York where George and Grace owned and operated Lone Tree Cottages on beautiful Lake George.Lone Tree Cottages was the summer home for many members of George's family. Guests became life-long friends while sharing fireside chats, delicious weekly barbecues and competitive baseball games. George spent hours teaching his guests how to waterski. Many a child's summer was made by accompanying "Mr. B" to the Bolton Landing dump. It was a thrill the "city kids" still reminisce about to this day.

While operating Lone Tree Cottages George worked as the Director of Security for the Finch Pruyn Paper Mill in Glens Falls, New York. He later became the Chief of Security at the Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing where he worked for 29 years before retiring for the second time.

During their retirement George and Grace had a second home in Ft. Meyers , FLA at the Regency Condo Complex. Many memorable hours were spent by George and Grace with friends playing cards,shooting pool, playing bocce and shuffleboard. Every friendship made at the Regency touched their hearts,

When it came to hobbies George's tastes were varied. A New Yorker through and through George rooted for the NY Mets, the NY Giants and the NY Knickerbockers. George referred basketball games with an expressive style that lent an element of drama to any athletic competition he was a part of. Many hours were spent hunting, fishing, playing golf and bowling. George loved all things Italian, especially cooking Italian delicacies for family and friends. His passion for food and his gift for entertaining are legendary.

George held memberships with the Police Benevolent Association, the Moose Lodge, the Knights of Columbus and the National Federation of Italian / American Society.

George is survived by his son George James Bertolotti and his wife Gayle, of Liberty, Nc, Kathleen Mary Bertolotti of Julian, NC, Teresa Bertolotti Silvestri and her husband Robert of Queensbury, NY; two grandchildren, Jennifer Lauren Wells of Albany, NY and Gregory Edward Wells of Queensbury, NY. Three nieces Elizabeth Esposito and her husband John, Pat Piccolomini and her husband Willie and Georgene Bertolotti. Three nephews, John Bertolotti and his wife Gail, Thomas Forgione and Stephen Forgione.

George was a one in a million man who brought joy and laughter to all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance." When God made George the Russians stole the plan."

A mass will be celebrated for George on Friday, May 15, 2015 at 10:00 am at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Bolton Landing, New York. A reception will follow at The Sagamore Hotel Resort, Bolton Landing, New York from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm.