Michael J. Botelho, also known as "the Rock", passed away at home on March 8, 2021, after a brief illness, at the age of 71. He bravely battled many health issues these last few years, but he never let it get him down. Born and raised in Taunton, Mike was the son of the late Maurice and Louise Botelho. He graduated from Coyle High School and went on to receive a bachelor's degree from Roger Williams University and a master's degree in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College. Prior to his retirement, he was a proud and respected Bridgewater police officer for 35 years. He loved his job. Mike had many interests and passions in life. He would never miss a family gathering or a chance to socialize. His longtime partner, Lois, his children, Jennifer, Mike, Bryan, and grandchildren, Adriana, Patrick, Dylan and Brody, were the loves of his life. His daily Dunkin Donut coffee group, the gym, and his shooting range buddies meant the world to him. He was an avid Harley Davidson enthusiast and was proud of his 2 Harleys and his always perfect bright orange Dodge Ram. The family would like to give special thanks to the dedicated and compassionate Bridgewater Fire and Police Departments for their assistance during Mike's illness as well as the hard working, caring staffs of Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Brockton Regional Kidney Dialysis Center, visiting nurses, Kathy, Raven and Kelley, and lifesaver, Stefano. Mike will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. He is survived by his longtime partner, Lois Funder and her family, his children, Jennifer and her husband Michael, Michael Jr. and his wife Desiree, and Bryan, grandchildren, Adriana, Patrick, Dylan and Brody, brother, Maurice, and niece and nephews, Kim, Scott, Mark, Paul and Stephen. Predeceasing Mike were his sister, Sheila and Maurice's son, Danny. There will be a wake Tuesday, March 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Prophett-Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, 98 Bedford Street, Bridgewater, followed by a private burial. In lieu of flowers, donations could be made to the Bridgewater Police Association, P.O. Box 611, Bridgewater, MA 02324 or Old Colony Hospice, 321 Manley Street, West Bridgewater, MA 02379. For online guest book, www.ccgfuneralhome.com
. Prophett-Chapman Cole & Gleason 508-697-4332
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Published by Journal-News Independent from Mar. 11 to Mar. 19, 2021.