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Paul Fortino, Jr.
Oct. 6, 1925-Aug. 16, 2013
Paul Fortino, Jr., of Midland, MI, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, passed away on August 16, 2013, at the Toni and Trish Hospice in Auburn.
Paul was born October 6, 1925, in Durand, MI, son of Paul Fortino, Sr. and Julia (Fabiano) Fortino. The family moved to Mt. Pleasant in 1934.
Paul graduated from Sacred Heart in 1943, then attended one semester at MSU. He served in the
Air Corp from 1944 to 1946. Paul served the 15th Air Force in Italy from 1944 to 1945, where he flew 20 sortie missions as a ball turret gunner on a B-27. Among the medals he received, were the Air Medal, Oak Leaf Clusters, and European Campaign Ribbon, and 5 Battle Stars. He took part in 5 major air battles. Paul returned home in 1946 and graduated from CMU in 1949. He began work at Fortino Beverage in 1949 and became a major partner in 1952.
Paul married Mary Catharine Allen in 1952 at St. Simons in Ludington, MI. Together they had four children, Kathleen LaTulip, Pamela Fortino, Paul (Sheila Bentrum) Fortino, and Joseph Fortino; also four grandchildren, Jenni (Nate) Kunik, Stefan LaTulip, Elizabeth Fortino, and Catharine Fortino; and one great granddaughter, Reese Tulip Kunik.
Paul was President of Fortino Beverage until 1986 when he and his brother and partner, Victor, sold out and retired.
In retirement, Paul, along with wife, Mary (until her death in 2002) spent 14 winters in Florida, and took over 40 trips covering the US/Canada, all of Europe, the Baltic states, Russia, England, Ireland, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Thailand.
Paul was a life member of the Moose, Elks, and
. and belonged to CMU Chippewa Club and Presidents Circle.
Paul was preceded by both parents; his brothers, Victor, Alfonso, Harry, and William; his brother-in-laws, Roger Walker and Thomas Falsetta; and his son-in-law, Randy LaTulip.
He is survived by his children and grandchildren; two sisters, Margaret Walker and Lillian Falsetta; brother-in-law, David Allen; sister-in-law, Ann (Harold) Betka; and many nieces and nephews. Donations in Paul's memory may be offered to MidMichigan Hospice, the Toni and Trish House, or donor's favorite charity.
A Memorial Service for Paul will be held at Clark Family Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 11 a.m. with Fr. Loren Kalinowski officiating. The family will receive friends and family on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Clark Family Funeral Chapel, as well as the day of the service, from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery.
You may view Paul's obituary online and send a condolence to the family, light a memorial candle, or place a memorial donation at
Published in The Morning Sun from Aug. 25 to Aug. 27, 2013
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"Uncle Bum you will be missed. I will never forget the times I sat next you and Aunt Lillian in church..."
- Erin (Falsetta) Petkovski
"All so sorry to hear about the loss of ol Paul I grew up across the street from the family in the late..."
"I am sorry to hear Mr. Fortino has passed away. I will always have great respect for his honor to our..."
- Randy and Jill Hoyle
"Kap,Pam,Paul& Joe Your Dad was truly a great man & will be missed by many. My condolences to the whole..."
"You will be missed Uncle Bum . We have so many memories of good times with you and the family."
- Bill and Deb Fortino
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