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Obituary of Carl Bottcher
In loving memory of Carl Gothard Bottcher. It is a great sadness to have to announce the passing of this wonderful man. Carl passed away on January 10th 2023 near his home in Melbourne Florida and was with loved ones until he left us. On May 14th1934 Carl was born to Malte F Bottcher and Mary (Maurice) Bottcher in the town of Holden Ma. The family resided in Worcester, Ma. and Carl was part of a large family of 5 boys and 2 girls. He was born into a family of painters; and a family business started by his grandfather of the same name: Carl G Bottcher & Sons. Carl would continue as a 3rd generation painter in his own right, keeping the family business name alive for over 100 years.
Carl served in the Army for three years in the mid 1950’s and married the love of his life, Joann (Ferigno) Bottcher in 1958. They bought a home and settled in the town of Holden Ma. Carl was a long-time member of the Worcester Country Club and had many wonderful friends and associates. Having no children of their own, Carl and JoAnn spent their lives helping people, especially young people. Carl was an avid supporter of classical music and volunteered as an usher at Tanglewood in Lenox Ma just to be near the music he loved. He contributed considerably to the Boston Symphony Orchestra and once a year he funded a wonderful concert in Lenox Ma, open to the general public with free admission. Carl and JoAnn also had a home in Jamaica, a land and people they both loved. They also left a legacy there helping young people; and it was a special place that always remained in their hearts.
Later in life Carl and JoAnn retired to Melbourne Florida but they did not retire from helping young people. As one associate of Florida Institute of Technology so elegantly wrote, “Carl and JoAnn were extremely involved at FIT in Melbourne. Their passion for helping young people excel is reflected by the Carl and JoAnn Bottcher Scholarship established in 2014 through their estate. The scholarship supports Engineering and Science students who have financial need.” Carl received an Honorary PH. D at Florida Tech in 2019 in recognition of his entrepreneurial life’s work. As he supported classical music in New England, Carl was also supportive of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra. He participated in programs that allowed thousands of school age children to witness the experience of classical music concerts. Carl was involved with the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital as well as Shriners Hospitals for Children. So much of the good that Carl did was privately done. He was a man of great principle and integrity. When he lost his beloved wife JoAnn in 2018, he began planting trees at Sun Tree Country Club in her memory and continued so to present day.
Carl is survived by his sister June Coker and brother Stephen Bottcher as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.He is preceded by his sister Janet (Bottcher) Blackwood and brothers Richard, Donald and Paul Bottcher. He leaves behind many loving friends in Melbourne as well as New England.
Donations can be made to WWW. Ways for life.org
An organization that helps foster and homeless children
Here is the donation page:
The Mailing Address is 1401 Guava Ave 2nd floor
Melbourne, FL 32935 if you prefer to mail a check
Celebration of Life 2:00pm-4:00pm
Monday February 20, 2023
Beach Funeral Home
1689 S Patrick Dr, Satellite Beach, Fl 32937To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Carl Bottcher, please visit Tribute Store