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Edward “Eddie” James Bertolino
Malloy & Son Funeral Home
Edward “Eddie” James Bertolino, born September 2, 1928, passed away on January 28, 2009 due to complications of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder. He was the eighteenth child of Camelo “Charles” and Maybelle Cousins Bertolino. He was loved by all who knew him and was a great Father, Son, and Brother. He had a life that only few dream of. As a young man he enjoyed fishing with his family. Like many of his brothers, he was also a boxer. His nickname was the Galveston Flash and he earned the title of the Southern Texas and Mexico Lightweight Champion during his professional fighting career. Some of his families’ fondest and favorite memories were his stories of his fights and how much he loved that part of his life.
For 26 years he worked at the Port of Houston at the ILA 1351 Clerks and Checkers Union. He retired in September 1993 to be able to spend time with his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and nineteen siblings. Continuing to cherish his memory he leaves his wife Linda Disbrow Bertolino, daughters Rebecca Sue Bertolino, Jessica Rene’ Bertolino, Linda Garcia and husband John, Kathy Want Cantrell and husband Richard, and Ronda Jamie Victery and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He also leaves behind one sister; Christine Bertolino Welsh, numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws and great friends whom he loved very much.
Eddie’s family will receive visitors after 5:00 pm, Thursday, January 29, 2009, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with a vigil service and rosary concluding the evening at 6:45 pm.
Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am, Friday, January 30, 2009, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Niall Nolan as Celebrant. Burial will follow the service at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Galveston.
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