1960 - 2015
Portland Memorial Funeral Home
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Portland, CT
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
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So sad life took over and I did not call thanks for all you did for me and my family God knows your one of the best people I have ever met that's why he wanted you to work for him you will forever be missed.
January 25, 2020
It seems impossible that a year has passed since you left this earth and moved onto your eternal life. Not a day goes by that you aren't thought of by us. Sending up our love today and always.
September 24, 2016
Saddened by the news. Great guy Dave was...and a really nice family.
Matt Woltmann
November 19, 2015
Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the comfort and peace that you seek and may the soul of your loved one rest in peace. Love The Jacobucci Family
October 2, 2015
Please accept our condolences on the passing of David. It was an honor to have known such a great person and we will truly miss him. May God embrace you in comfort during this difficult time. Love, The Solis Family
October 2, 2015
Linda and Family,
We have lost one of the kindest and gentlest people I have ever had the privilege to know. I was proud to call David my friend and we will miss him very much.David was a great person and a cherished friend.
I am feeling your pain and sorrow at this difficult time. you have my heartfelt sympathy.

Mo Kader
October 1, 2015
Please accept my sincerest condolences to your family. May your memories and the words found at John 11:32-44 bring you comfort at this sorrowful time.
M Wilson
October 1, 2015
David was such an uplifting young man. I met him working at PCC. He always had a smile on his face and kind words for everyone.
I am so sorry for your loss. Peaceful energy and prayers being sent for his family and him.
Linda C
September 29, 2015
I am so sorry to here of David's passing. I have many fond memories of David when we were kids playing kick the can on Brooks lane. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the family and friends
Jim Curley
September 29, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss. David was a great and very courageous guy.
Dianne DiGiandomenico
September 28, 2015
Marie, Joe, Linda and family,
50 years ago now, the Bordonaro home was truly my favorite babysitting job. Not only for the special snacks that you left, Marie, but for the two beautiful, well behaved and fun loving little boys you had. David always sang church songs before he went to sleep. It is one of my fondest memories. Now he is in God's choir. I'm sorry I can't be with you today, but I hold you all close in my thoughts and prayers.
Kathleen Ackerman Miller
September 28, 2015
My sincere condolences to Marie, Joe, Linda, Jay and Anna. David was a man of faith and truly an inspiration for us all.
Barbara Lisien-Juliano
September 28, 2015
Joe and Family
We are all so very sorry for your loss. He was very courageous and so loved by all.

Yvette Hassett and the nursing staff at One MacDonough Place.
September 28, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.. He was a wonderful person and will be missed by all..
Janet Kaminske-Russell
September 28, 2015
Linda, Marie, Joe and family,

Please accept my heartfelt sympathy and I pray remembering David's characteristic smile will help you through these difficult times.
My best always,
Jack Sterry Jr
September 28, 2015
Our deepest condolences to Linda, Jay & Anna . Dave was a wonderful person and will be sorely missed by all those whose lives he touched. God bless.
Piasecki Family
September 27, 2015
My love, thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. Dave, you have a way of making the people around you feel very important,and that is such a nice gift to give to people.
Thank you very much for your friendship
Love Jerry Fitzpatrick
Jerry Fitzpatrick
September 27, 2015
Condolences to the family.
Lisa Alape
September 27, 2015
Godspeed to all in mourning.
When memories call,
Lance Marafiote
Lance Marafiote
September 27, 2015
I will always remember cousin Dave as a really fun guy with an infectious smile. He was a fellow prankster at family picnics (we lit fireworks near Uncle Bart one time) and just a really great guy who was always very nice to me.
The fireworks from his house were epic this year.
On behalf of my grandmother Ruthie, his aunt, we offer our love and sincere condolence to his, our, family.
He is missed.
Michael Steffman
September 27, 2015
To Dave's entire family, Along with the Portland community my family shares in the loss of David....a truly remarkable person. His zest for life and contagious enthusiasm are now great memories for all who knew him. Not only was he a great listener, but he had the patience of a saint. Dave was understanding and forgiving and always sought the positive in people. Although he has departed from us his legacy remains. Not only in his own children, but in the hundreds of St. Mary's CCD students whose lives were enriched by his amazing journey. My daughter was one of the lucky ones who had Dave for two consecutive years. He truly took their breath away. For months we all prayed for a second miracle for David. Unfortunately it was not meant to be as God's next mission for him took precedence. Heaven has yet another angel guiding us. I can only imagine the reunion when Dave is reunited with Joe Sr. and Johnny Zamp!
Linda Ziegler and family
September 27, 2015
Beth + Brian
September 27, 2015
David did so much for so many. He loved and lived well. Our sympathy to both families. God bless.
Denny and Debbie Heffernan
September 27, 2015
Michelle Schimetschek
September 27, 2015
My condolences to the family. David was an inspiration to everyone. He fought his battles with dignity and grace. God bless you and may your loved ones find peace in the beautiful memories they share.
Bev Lavallee
September 27, 2015
God blessed us with an angel. Dave touched so many with his seemingly endless ability to listen and give of himself. A beautiful soul with an unforgettable smile. Our hearts go out to his family. God bless
Beth and Brian
September 27, 2015
Cousin, we may have lost you, but Heaven has gained an angel. You epitomized what it was to be a man, a father, a husband, a son, a brother and a friend. I am honored to call you my cousin. You will be greatly missed.

My love, thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family.

"No day shall erase you from the memory of time".--Virgil
Pete Young
September 27, 2015
Cousin, we may have lost you, but Heaven has gained an angel. You epitomized what it was to be a man, a father, a husband, a son, a brother and a friend. I am honored to call you my cousin. You will be greatly missed.

My love, thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family.

"No day shall erase you from the memory of time". --Virgil
Peter Young
September 27, 2015
I will always remember David as a truly fine person .
Mark LaBella
September 27, 2015
Sharon (dunham)migliore
September 26, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. David you had such a big heart......
Lisa Marchese-Adams
September 26, 2015
Dave, I just talked to you a few weeks ago. It had been a long time since we talked. R.I.P. MY BROTHER. I remember the good old days training in the gym. You were always a man of great wisdom. I know you will always be in our HEARTS. You will never be forgotten. (SEMPER FIDELIS) You were always a faithful person your whole life. Sam Ranno President V.K.V.S.W. GREATER HARTFORD CHAPTER 1.
Santi Sam Ranno
September 26, 2015
My most sincere Condolences to all David's family and friends. He was a very special person and always a smile that lit up a room He will be missed!
Nancy Aresco
September 26, 2015
Millie & Larry Luppert
September 26, 2015
God took an angel to be with him. He will always be looking down with a big smile on his face to his family and friends. I remember the good ole days with Dave. May you rest in peace my friend.

Love Rosie Fitzgerald
Rosie Fitzgerald
September 26, 2015
God took an amazing person to be with him. He will always be shining down on his family & friends. I will always remember the good ole days with Dave. Always had a smile on his face. Rest in Peace my friend.

Love, Rosie Fitzgerald
September 26, 2015
We are saddened by the news of Dave's passing. We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
Jim and Kim Bellamo
Kim Bellamo
September 26, 2015
He will always be in your hearts, remember all the good and loving times. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very difficult time. Linda, Nick and Chris Adamsons
September 26, 2015
Our deepest sympathy to all the Bordonaro and Steele families.
Margaret & Charlie Coe
September 26, 2015
No words can express how saddened we are about the passing of this amazing man, he was a brother to the McLellan Clan, a cherished friend to all. With deep sympathy from friends at this time sadness ..
Brian & Debbie McLellan
September 26, 2015
He is just physically gone but he will be always in our thoughts. We will always remember the good times we had.
Louie & Ana Vargas
September 26, 2015
were do I begin~
coming from a small town , everyone is either related or good friends..
I was one of the good friends.. David had so many.. we prayed for a miracle all those years ago and it was granted.. he had time to spend with his wonderful wife Linda and his beautiful children and wonderful family..
God called home a true angel although he will be missed here on earth his work is not done..
My dearest and most heartfelt sympathies go to you Linda, Jay,Anna,Marie and Joe..
He will never be forgotten ,but will be so truly missed.. Until we see each other again David God Speed
Alison Wagner
September 26, 2015
Dear Marie:

We are currently in Ireland, commemorating the one hundredth anniversary Dad's birth here. And so, necessarily, from afar, I write to tell you how very sorry I am for yet another significant loss from your life. How I wish I were home and so could join you for the funeral on Monday. Instead, I assure you of my prayerful remembrance of both you and David at Mass on Sunday, in the church where Dad was baptized and where I was ordained Deacon in 1966. Know that I hold you dear and will be in touch once we return. Father Ed
Ed Dempsey
September 26, 2015
RIP dear David.
September 25, 2015
I will always remember that beautiful personality and smile.
The sky will shine brighter now.
Rest in peace David ♡
Dawn Kenney
September 25, 2015
So sorry for your loss.
You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Great guy, always with a great smile , like his Dad.
Rest easy, David.
Mary Arsenault
September 25, 2015
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