In Loving Memory of Michael Bologna

September 26, 1956
Haverhill, MA
March 31, 2019
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824

Visitation

Wednesday 4-8 p.m.

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield,
CT 06824

April 03, 2019

Service

St. Thomas Aquinas Church

Mass of Christian Burial

1719 Post Road,
Fairfield,
Ct 06824

Thursday, April 4, 2019 10:00 a.m.

Cemetery

Oak Lawn Cemetery

1530 Bronson Road,
Fairfield,
CT 06824

April 04, 2019

Family Gathering

Charity

The Bridge Academy

160 Pulaski Street,
Bridgeport,
CT 06608


Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation

3610 W. Market Street,
Suite 110,
Akron,
OH 44333


Michael Thomas Bologna

Michael Thomas Bologna, son of the late Armand Bologna and Jacqueline Spaulding Bologna, died on March 31, 2019 at the age of 62. He is survived by his wife of almost 40 years and the love of his life, Alice Ann Fitzpatrick, as well as his mother. He is also survived by his three children Elizabeth Bologna and her husband Matthew Buckles, Michael Bologna, and Laura Conover and her husband Gregory Conover. Michael is also survived by his siblings Paul Bologna and Carol Bologna Pennisi, and was close with his many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Michael graduated cum laude from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. He often said he “followed his girlfriend” after graduation and attended the University of Connecticut School of Law with Alice, where he graduated cum laude in 1981. That decision ended up being an excellent one, as his girlfriend soon became his wife and his law degree led to an impressive and well-respected legal career spanning 37 years. Anyone who knew Michael knew him as an extremely intelligent man, generous with his knowledge, and a natural speaker with a knack for explaining concepts in unique but effective ways. He never missed an opportunity to educate those around him, from teaching Alice the teams of the American League, his daughters and their friends to change a tire, to showing his son and friends how to rebuild a front porch at the beloved Twin Lakes house. Knowledge was a passion for Michael and he never ceased to amaze others with his random historical facts, anecdotes, or life lessons. He began volunteering at The Bridge Academy and was eventually asked to be a member of the Board of Directors. In 2017, Michael made the decision to “leave” his law career (he never quite let it go completely) and become a teacher. He took a position at The Bridge Academy teaching Chemistry and his particular favorite, Senior Project, which highlighted his favorite skills: writing and public speaking. In his short time there, he made an impact on the school and his students that will be truly missed. Michael was a softball coach, wrote, performed in, and built sets for parish plays, and could frequently be found at the hardware store or Home Depot working on one of his many projects. He also loved the Boston Red Sox and trips to Milford and Hampton Beaches. Most of all, Michael enjoyed time with his family playing games of Parcheesi or “bags.” Unfailingly loving and supportive, his most powerful legacy will be as a model husband, father, brother, and son. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1719 Post Road, Fairfield. Interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Friends may greet the family Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. Donations in Michael’s memory may be made to The Bridge Academy, 160 Pulaski St., Bridgeport, CT 06608 or the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation, 3610 W. Market Street, Suite 110, Akron, OH 44333. For information or to sign an online guest register please visit www.SpearFuneralHome.com

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18 Guestbook Entries for Michael Thomas Bologna

  1. I have already sent a personal email through Elizabeth. If you can hear me Mike…As Hawkeye told Tommy Gillis, “Sometimes you (do) hear the bullet”. You heard it coming Mike and knew you couldn’t dodge it. What a brave soul. I’ll miss you dearly. May you rest now buddy. Love…Paddy

  2. So rich and valuable a life, sadly cut way too short. Michael was a wonderful person and a caring and excellent teacher, who taught me so much.

  3. Michael was a wonderful friend and will be missed by so many. Praying for the whole family. For the few that knew me, know that we may have been separated by miles and years, but Michael will never be forgotten. He was a great buddy to have in high school.

  4. My deepest condolences to the Bologna family. Mike was a very close friend growing up in Bradford,MA. There were 4 of us Mike, Mike M, Mark L and I, we were inseparable. We are brothers. Our lives led us apart geographically but we were still close. Mike will be in our hearts forever.

  5. Wow. Sad to here about Mike’s passing. I have not seen him since Sacred Hearts Grammar School. We were classmates and friends…way back when. What a wonderful detailing of Mike’s life. Its sounds like he was very happy. Due to illness, I am unable to attend his services. Please know my thoughts will be with Mike and his family. RIP Mike…one of the good ones.

  6. Alice,

    I am so sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  7. Michael was an inspiration to many fellow lawyers. He was an excellent advocate for his clients and at the same time always a civil and professional lawyer with his fellow members at the bar. He had no problem calling up and asking a question about a particular case or point of law but at the same time he was always willing to share his knowledge and advice freely with others. When he called to say he was leaving the law to teach you could hear the excitement in his voice. I was so happy for him that he was going to do something new and exciting in the later stages of his career. We lost him too early. He will be missed. My best wishes and prayers for his family.

  8. This news is very sad. Mike was a great colleague and a generous soul. My condolences to his family and friends.

  9. Alice and Laura,

    I am so sorry to hear of Michael’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with both of you and your entire family during this difficult time. He will be in your hearts forever.

  10. All my thoughts and prayers. Reliving all those fun days on Laurel Ave. He was just a great person and friend.

  11. While Michael will continue to live on in our hearts and memories, the pain of losing him much too soon weighs heavy. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Alice and the family. With deepest sympathy, rest in peace Michael.

  12. Alice and Laura,

    I was very sorry to her of Michael’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He will always be in your hearts.

  13. Dear Alice & Family,
    I am so sorry for your Great Loss! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
    Sincerely, Cece Sciortino

  14. Dear Jackie, Carol, Paul and family,
    So sorry for your loss. i have you in my thoughts and prayers.
    Our deepest sympathy,
    Dot Riley and Dottie Donohoe

  15. My thoughts are with Michael, and all his family. As an attorney Michael changed (for the better) many lives. It was my Privilege to know him and call him my friend. I am glad he followed his heart to teach. The saying goes the “good” die young and this is true with Michael. My heart is heavy for all of us on earth-but heaven got an angel -hope we get to meet again my friend.