Sir Knight J. Michael Buttiglieri
It is with great sadness that Council #81 announces the passing of our brother knight and immediate past Financial Secretary, J. Michael Buttiglieri on November 23, 2018. Mike will always be remembered for his big heart, and loved being a Knight because it brought him into contact with like minded people accomplishing good work. He was involuntarily nicknamed “Big Mike” by his brothers because of the over-abundance of “Mikes” serving as Council officers (six at last count). Big Mike was 67 years old and was a regular communicant at the Immaculate Conception Parish. In his final days, his wife Mary lovingly provided in-home Hospice and he died surrounded by friends and family. His contributions to the accomplishments of Council #81 and charitable work in our community will be long remembered.
Born in Winchester, MA on November 21, 1951, he was the son of Joseph and Florette (Joy) Buttiglieri of Waltham. Michael was the beloved spouse of Mary (Fratantuono) Buttiglieri and Brother-in-law of Robert and Sheila (Fratantuono) McGurrin of Waltham. Michael’s cousin, Jack Hamilton, provided the necessary assistance for Michael’s wife in caring for Michael at home in Hospice.
Prior to retirement, Michael was the Director of Security at Putnam Investments. He was a graduate of Northeastern University and held a law degree from the Massachusetts School of Law.
His hobbies over the years included boating, flying gliders, snowmobiling, bicycling, antique cars, reading and studying the history of World War II. In his younger years, he excelled as an athlete playing football and volleyball.
Michael’s focus in life was family. He often said his marriage defined him. He and his beloved wife, Mary, lived life to its fullest filled with love, happiness, and great adventures. Michael often said his goal in life was to make Mary laugh and be happy and he exceeded even his own expectations. Michael enjoyed traveling in Europe, in our own country, and loved Cape Cod at any time of the year. There is a quote, “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years”. Michael had a beautiful, charmed life, filled with loving family, friends, and a devoted spouse that brought him happiness before he returned to his Heavenly Father and all the family that predeceased him.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday evening, November 30 from 6:00 – 8:00 at the William Short and Son Funeral Home in Marlborough. A Mass of Christian Burial at Immaculate Conception Church in Marlborough, MA will be said on Saturday, December 1 at 11:00. Internment is private. Donations in Mike’s memory can be sent to the Immaculate Conception School, 25 Washington Court, Marlborough, MA 01752, or you can click here.