Funeral services for Mike Minozzi will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 6 at San Marco Catholic Church. Burial will immediately follow at the Marco Island Cemetery. Visitation will be today, Aug. 5, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Josberger Funeral Home.
Marco Island has lost one of its most ardent supporters.
Former Marco City Council member Mike Minozzi, 70, died Sunday after battling cancer.
Minozzi was elected to council in 2000 and served through 2008, including time as council chair.
“He was just a staunch supporter of everything important to Marco Island,” Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala said Sunday.
Survivors include his wife Lynne, five children and 10 grandchildren.
Minozzi was a former Collier County’s Metropolitan Planning Organization member and served on the Collier County Tourist Development Council.
He also served on the Rotary Club on Marco and was a member of San Marco Catholic Church. Minozzi was a former president of the Marco Island Italian-American Society and a member of the Marco Island Knights of Columbus.
Minozzi lived outside of New York City in Westchester County, working as marketing director for Putnam Investments in New York/New Jersey.
Those who knew Minozzi described him as a good and religious man who cared about his family.
Minozzi was also a champion of Marco’s Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge.
Fiala hopes a plaque honoring the memory of Minozzi can be placed on the Jolley Bridge.
Marco City Councilman Bill Trotter described his friend and colleague as a great leader in Marco Island.
“He really did a lot for our community and he will be sorely missed,” Trotter said.
From helping at church to assisting in the construction of a new playground in Mackle Park, Minozzi kept himself very active in the community.
Marco Island resident Bill McMullan said Minozzi was passionate about Marco Island and the San Marco Catholic Church.
“I think his legacy will be felt for a long time,” McMullan said.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Josberger Funeral Home, 577 Elkcam Circle, in Marco Island.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the San Marco church. Burial will immediately follow the service at the Marco Island Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made by contributions to the Marco Island Police Foundation and the Marco Island Fire Department Foundation.
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