Rosario Joseph Polizzotti, 98, Worked on Thresher Submarine

Rosario Joseph Polizzotti, 98, known by family and friends as “Leo,” died Aug. 2, at Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack Valley, due to complications frompneumonia.

He was born Aug. 25, 1918 in Lawrence, son of the late Salvatore Polizzotti and Anna (Bruno) Polizzotti. He graduated from Lawrence High School. Polizzotti served in the Army, as a private first class in the infantry and fought in World War II. He left the Army in 1946, but served in the National Guard for from 1946 to 1949. He worked 26 years for the shipyards--17 years at the Portsmouth Naval Ship Yard, four of those years where he studied drafting, and nine years at the Boston Naval Ship yard. He retired as a loftsman (a person who prepares molds and patents). He had worked on the famous “Thresher” submarine. After retiring from the Navy yards he worked for the Haverhill School System until he retired in 1983. He was an avid card player, pool player and bowler. He was a member of Sacred Hearts Parish in Bradford for many years.

Polizzotti is survived by his son, David Polizzotti and wife Sharon J. of South Berwick Maine, grandson, Brian M. Polizzotti and wife Kelli A.; great-grandson Mark B. of Lynnfield; great-granddaughter, Giovanna Polizzotti of Pepperell; sister-in-law, Ida Hill of Bradford; brother-in-law, Mark R. DiFruscio of Bradford; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife of more than 50 years, Marie Polizzotti. He was also the father of the late Samuel J Polizzotti and the late Mark A Polizzotti, and was the brother of the late Gaetano Polizzotti and Mary Scarborough. The family thanks all of the workers at Haverhill Crossing and Hannah Dustin Nursing Home.

A graveside service takes place Saturday, Aug., 12, at 1 p.m., from Elmwood Cemetery, Salem Street Bradford. Services are in the care of Grondin-Carnevale Funeral Home 52 Salem St. Bradford.