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BORDONARO, DAVID MICHAEL David Michael Bordonaro, 55 of Portland, beloved husband of Linda (Steele) Bordonaro, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 24, 2015, surrounded by his loving family at The Connecticut Hospice in Brandford, CT. David was born on January 6, 1960 in Middletown, CT., to Anne Marie (Lastrina) and the late Joseph Bordonaro Sr. Besides his loving wife of 30 years, he leaves behind his two adoring children, Jay Jim and Anna Grace Bordonaro. David also leaves behind his brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Jennifer Bordonaro of Portland, brothers and sisters-in-law Robert Steele and wife Nance of Portland, CT., Deborah Soter and husband Philip of Colchester, CT., Barbara DeBarber and husband Chris of Woodbury, CT., John Steele and wife Denise of Portland, CT., and Betty Steele of Glastonbury, CT. He also leaves his father-in-law Robert Steele, Sr. of Portland, CT. and several amazing nieces, nephews and cousins that he loved deeply. Dave was predeased by his father Joseph Bordonaro Sr., and his mother-in-law Dorothy Steele. Dave attended Portland High School, graduating in 1978 and went on to graduate from the New England Technical Institute with his best and lifelong friend, Arne McLellan. At the young age of fifteen, Dave purchased a 1965 fastback mustang and spent the next 40 years rebuilding it and making many friends along the way. One of David’s greatest privileges was having taught CCD at St. Mary Church for 21 years. It gave him immense pleasure to serve the Lord and touch and inspire many young lives by sharing his personal testimony. Dave was a leukemia survivor, having had a successful bone marrow transplant in 1993, using a donor from Milan, Italy. Thank you Pier Angelo Meroni for giving Dave the last 22 years of his life. Through baseball tournaments, benefit dinners and a small change bucket in the front of Bordonaro’s Pharmacy, Dave raised enough money to pay for thousands to join the National Bone Marrow Registry. Several of the donors he signed up went on to match, donate and save the lives of others. Dave endured many tough trials in his life but would be the first to praise God for the many blessings those trials brought. He loved his family and was a dedicated husband and father. The pride of his life were his two children. Nothing made him happier than tossing a baseball with them, teaching them how to ice skate or casting a fishing line into Great Hill Lake. He also coached several Little League Baseball teams including the Marlins, Rockies, and Angels. Dave was an enthusiastic story-teller, and enjoyed many laughs around card and dining room tables. He had a strong work ethic passed down to him from his father and was gifted with the ability to fix just about anything and what he couldn’t fix, he knew a friend who could. Dave cheered for the underdog and always searched for and usually found the good in people. He will be deeply missed by many but forgotten by none. The family would like to thank the compassionate and caring staff at Branford Hospice who went above and beyond to make a difficult time more bearable. Calling hours will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 27 at St. Mary’s Church on 51 Freestone Ave., Portland. The funeral service will be held on Monday, September 28 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers those who wish may donate to the Bordonaro Children Education Fund at Liberty Bank or the Melonoma Research Foundation @ www.melonoma.org. To send an online expression of sympathy, please visit www.portlandmemorialfh.net
Published in middletownpress on Sept. 26, 2015
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