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Farewell To Raymond Bartolucci

by Michael Marsden


The maternal side of my family came Fano, Italy. My mother's father Silvio came to this country along with brothers Leebrow, Guido, Raymond, and their sister Laura Bartolucci. Last week the next to last of this generation died at age 92. My great uncle Raymond was a kind and generous person who lived a rich and full life which included being a state police auxiliary officer, a ballplayer for the Cardinals, an electrician at electric boat, and working other jobs along the way such as security at the casino, the funeral home which held his funeral, and was the grand exalted ruler of the London Elks among other things. He will be missed.

Below is his obituary.


Groton - Raymond Bartolucci, 92, of Hillside Road, Groton, died on Feb. 12, 2009, at his home.


He was born on Sept. 30, 1916, in New London, the son of Alfred and Louisa (Ciavaglia) Bartolucci.



During his high school years, Ray was an outstanding varsity athlete in baseball, football and basketball. He was a key player in the historic football game between Chapman Technical High School and the Bulkeley School. The historic win gave Chapman Tech an undefeated season in 1933.


After graduating from Chapman Tech, he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals baseball organization and played for farm teams in the Midwest and later in the Penn League for four years.


He was united in marriage to Bernice “Bee” (Koch) Bartolucci on Dec. 28, 1971, in St. Mary Church, Stonington; Mrs. Bartolucci died Jan. 4, 2003.

Ray served in the Army in World War II. Upon returning from Germany, he served as a supernumerary in the Connecticut State Police.


He was employed at Electric Boat for many years as an electrician. He played football and baseball for the Electric Boat Athletic Club and the former Morgan Park baseball league. Later he managed the baseball teams in both leagues. 


Mr. Bartolucci was currently serving as president for the Electric Boat Athletic Club retirees. He was a life member in the New London Elks # 360, was past exalted ruler, and served in many other official capacities. He was a member of the Italian Dramatic Club in New London.

He enjoyed playing golf and was a charter member of the New London Country Club in Waterford and a member of Shennecosset Golf Club in Groton, were he worked as a starter for many years.

He worked part-time for the late Anthony Impellitteri at the Impellitteri Memorial Home and continued with Impellitteri-Malia Funeral Home. Mr. Bartolucci worked for the Mohegan Sun Casino as a security officer until his illness.

He is survived by a sister, Laura Lanzoni of Waterford; two stepsons, Dean Christie of Griswold and Tom Christie of Stonington; a cousin, Alma Verbillo of New London; three grandchildren, Michael, Danielle, and Jenna Christie; and a great-grandchild, Noelle.

He was predeceased by three brothers, Lebro, Silvio, and Guido Bartolucci.

His family will receive relatives and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Impellitteri-Malia Funeral Home, 84 Montauk Ave., New London. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home followed by interment in Jordan Cemetery, Waterford.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Hospice Southeastern Connecticut, 227 Dunham St., Norwich CT 06360



$15,000 Tax Credit for 1st Time Home Buyers!

by Michael Marsden

Senate OKs $15,000 Bonus for Home Buyers 
Housing could get a big boost from the latest addition to the mammoth stimulus bill working its way through Congress.

Senate legislators unanimously approved a proposal Wednesday that would allow a tax credit for home buyers of 10 percent of the value of new or existing residences, up to a $15,000 limit. Current law provides for a $7,500 tax break but only for first-time homebuyers. 

"It is time to fix housing first," said Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-G.

Isakson's office said the proposal would cost the government an estimated $19 billion. In all, the stimulus is now topping an estimated $920 billion.

In an op-ed that appears in Thursday’s Washington Post, President Barack Obama painted a dire picture if Congress fails to move quickly to pass the stimulus bill.

"This recession might linger for years. Our economy will lose 5 million more jobs. Unemployment will approach double digits. Our nation will sink deeper into a crisis that, at some point, we may not be able to reverse," Obama wrote in the op-ed titled, "The Action Americans Need."

Source: The Associated Press, David Espo (02/05/09)

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