BERLIN - Joseph J. Ottolini, devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away Feb. 6, 2014, with family by his side after a brief illness.
He was born on Aug. 10, 1927, to Sylvio and Yvonne Ottolini. He graduated from Berlin High School and was a lifelong resident of Berlin.
He married Lucille Bourque on Jan. 27, 1951. They recently celebrated their 63rd anniversary.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maine in Portland-Gorham and a master's in education from the University of Maine.
He completed 25 years of military service in the U.S. Navy, Marines and National Guard. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of VFW 2520 and a third degree Knight of Columbus.
He was very active in city government. He served as councilman, water commissioner and police commissioner and served on the planning board and was chairman of BEDCO. He was also mayor of the city of Berlin from 1982 to 1986. He was a state Fish & Game commissioner, N.H. Housing Finance Authority commissioner and advisory councilor for technical education. He began teaching at Berlin High School in 1961. In 1966, he began teaching at NHVTC in Berlin, retiring in 1989.
He was dedicated to his profession, and while at NHVTC was professor in the mechanical curriculum, athletic director, evening school supervisor and dean of academic affairs.
Besides his loving wife, he leaves a son, James J. Ottolini and his wife, Jean; two daughters, Janet J. Farrington, Marie Y. O'Connor and her husband, Terrance; four sisters, Dorothy Aubin of Las Vegas, Margaret Arguin of Dover, Pauline McKinnon of Colebrook, Barbara Robichaud of Dover. He had eight grandchildren, MaryBeth Marauis and her husband, Keith, Chad Perreault and his wife, Misha, Jake Ottolini and his wife, Jennifer, Joseph Perreault, Eric Ferron, Lauren E. Jones and her husband, Thomas, Kyle O'Connor, Robert Turmel and his wife, Susan. He also leaves behind six great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents; his son, John J. Ottolini; and his grandson, Adam L. Garon.
Per his wishes, there will be no calling hours. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date. Burial will take place at the N.H. State Veterans Cemetery in Boscowan.
Joe enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He loved the outdoors - hunting, fishing, skiing, camping and gardening. He will be greatly missed.
Published in Union Leader on Feb. 9, 2014