It is with a heavy heart that I share the sad news of the passing yesterday of former Mayor Mike DeNegris (1999-2003) . He was a member of our town committee and recently president of the exchange club. In addition, he was very active in the Wolcott Lions Club after joining in December 1973. During his 47 years of membership, he served in many capacities, including President (Twice). He was best known working the annual fair in the ticket booth. He would always greet people in a friendly matter and calling them by their first names, as he knew so many personally.
This last week his underlying medical issues become active again. Although being hospitalized on the road to recovery things became very challenging and difficult to overcome. HIs family were able to see him face to face despite COVID 19 restrictions, which allowed a more intimate atmosphere. Being a strong family man, I know that this family presence made him happy.
He was a man of constant giving and enjoyed being active in many aspects of public life.
According to his family, funeral services will be delayed until the future, when things are safe for all.
Mayor Dunn has ordered local and state flags to be flown at half mast and placed bunting on his official photo in town council chambers
He will be sorely missed by many in light of is public service in many capacities and many clubs and organizations. Please keep Mike and his family in our prayers.
We are requested a moment of silence be held in Mayor DeNegris’ memory at the Town Council and Board of Education meetings.
Bob Ficeto, Chair
A special thank you goes out to Anthony Gugliotti, John Mazurek and Joe Membrino for contributing to this story to honor Mayor DeNegris