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Michael Alteri

April 17, 2015
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Michael Alteri of Wolcott, New York died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, March 8, 2015. He was born in Wolcott on September 3, 1921 to Luigi and Sylvia Alteri and was a lifelong resident of Wayne county and winter resident of Sanibel, Florida. He was raised in Wolcott, graduated from Leavenworth Central and attended Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. Graduating early Michael enlisted in the Navy and was sent to the U.S. Naval Reserve Midshipmen's School at Notre Dame for an accelerated officers training program. Michael served as a Naval officer in the Pacific Theatre during WWII where he was the skipper of a LCT. After the war he served as a press liaison officer during Operation Crossroads, atomic weapon test conducted at Bikini Atoll in 1946. At the conclusion of his active naval service Michael returned to Wolcott, raised a family and co-owned and operated the lumber and hardware store now known as Wolcott Building Supply and Home Center. He was always involved in community activities from coaching the American Legion baseball team to serving as president of the Wolcott Lyons Club. Outside of Michael's local involvement he served as president of the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association and was a founding and continuous member of the Wayne County Industrial Development Agency for 36 years much of which time he acted as chairman of the Agency's board. On Sanibel, he was a 20-year volunteer within the community that included the SCCF Native Plant Nursery, official snake deterrent for his wife who was a docent on wild life walks for SCCF trails, for the Historical Museum, he was an avid story teller, gardener and docent there. He was devoted to his wife, Margaret Alteri, and is survived by his two children Jeffrey and Leslie Alteri, his sister, Nathalina Powell and her children, Barry and Terry Powell. In his honor, do something for your community or neighborhood. Talk to those around you. Enjoy someone's company, have a drink, tell a story. That's how he would appreciate being remembered.

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