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Joseph E. Botwinski Jr.
  • October 13, 1943
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  • June 22, 2020

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Joseph E. Botwinski, Jr., 76, of Cape Coral, FL passed away on June 22, 2020 at Lee Memorial Health Park, Ft. Myers, FL. He was born on October 13, 1943 in Chicago, IL to the late Joseph E. Botwinski, Sr. and Pauline (Kendryna) Botwinski. Growing up he was a great football and baseball player earning many medals and awards. He went on to be a football coach at Leo High School. Joseph previously worked as a Barber, then he worked as a Detective for the Chicago Police Department, retiring in 2004. He was a member of the American Legion, Eagles, Fraternal Order of Police, the Moose, the Detective Association, and the Cop Shop. Joseph enjoyed gardening, golfing, fishing, making movies, and watching TV. One of his favorite hobbies was listening to Talk Radio every night. He was always willing to help anyone in need of assistance. Joesph is survived by his loving wife, Mary Theresa Botwinski; his daughter, Julianne Velazquez; his son, Christopher E. Botwinski; his sister, Joanne Rybolt; and his 3 granddaughters. Services will be held at a later date at the Sarasota National Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care and trust of Baldwin Brothers Funeral and Cremation Society, Ft. Myers, FL.


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  1. Robert Voight says:
    30 Oct 2020
    Soo many of my 8th. District friends have left this world! I always enjoyed Joe and that special touch he provided to our many cases together. We were a great group of dedicated individuals. Joe joins, Bing Trunk, Ron Nottleman, Pat Clancy. I hope they enjoy the after life as much as they did on earth!
    Bob Voight
    Retired CPD

  2. Geovanny Reynoso says:
    17 Jul 2020
    Wonderful person and more than just a great friend. You will always live in my heart until we meet again.

  3. Steven Botwinski says:
    10 Jul 2020
    We Would like to express our sincere condolences. I wish I lived closer and should of visited him more. I am sorry I did not keep in touch.
    He was a great Godfather.
    Steve and Hope Botwinski

  4. James Las Cola says:
    08 Jul 2020
    We Would like to express our sincere condolences to the Botwinski Family. We have nothing but admiration and pride for Joe, the work he has done, and the man he was. Joe will be truly missed. May you find comfort in the knowledge that he was loved and respected.

    Lori, Kira, and Jim Las Cola

  5. James Las Cola says:
    08 Jul 2020
    Joe,
    This is one report I don’t want to have to write for you. The Black Watchs’ loss is St. Michael’s gain. It was an honor working with you.
    Jim

  6. Mary posted an image:
    08 Jul 2020
    Celebrating graduating from nursing
    Celebrating graduating from nursing

  7. Mary posted an image:
    04 Jul 2020


  8. Mary posted an image:
    04 Jul 2020
    You are MY ANGEL...
    You are MY ANGEL...

  9. Mary wife posted an image:
    03 Jul 2020
    The Lord was  #1 in Our Marriage...  HE HELD US CLOSE EVERYDAY.....
    The Lord was #1 in Our Marriage... HE HELD US CLOSE EVERYDAY.....

  10. John Nielson says:
    03 Jul 2020
    . Joe and I worked together, on and off for many years. We fished together, golfed together and found time to tell each other war stories.
    Joe was an unusual man. He genuinely loved his job as a Detective and gave his all to conclude his cases in a positive manner.
    I personally will miss him, until we meet again. Rest in Peace. . .take a deep breath for me.
    John & Glenda Nielson

  11. JoAnne Botwinski says:
    03 Jul 2020
    A lifetime ago before cell phones and speed dial, “SODAPOP”, (Janus Travel), was your go to number. Followed by a phone call home to say “Start packing, I booked a trip to Mexico”. Upon arrival, your first priority was to find the police station to trade patches. Then, the hunt was on to find a spot to buy “Bohemia”, your favorite cerveza. The final and most important destination was the marina to locate a local fisherman to take you fishing. My task was to use my police academy Spanish to try to hire a local for that. Watching you get into rickety wooden row boats and sail off into the sunrise was a bit concerning, but you always came back with fish. You passed on your love of fishing to Alexxis who will miss her fishing partner dearly.

    Your name may have ended with “ski”, but from May through September you were as Irish as anyone from the “Old Sod” enjoying every Feis Juli competed in all the while making countless new friends. Enjoying the late night traditional Irish music jam sessions and the comradery you had with the musicians.

    Joe, whether it be a Polka, a Ceili or the grip of a fishing pole, be at peace. Where ever you are know that your “Girls”… Juli, Cailie and Alexxis will always love you.

  12. Mary wife posted an image:
    03 Jul 2020
    Letter to ALL OF US
    Letter to ALL OF US

  13. Mary posted an image:
    03 Jul 2020
    Letter for ALL OF US....
    Letter for ALL OF US....

  14. Darlene & Greg lit a candle:
    02 Jul 2020
    Lit since July 2, 2020 at 7:32:20 PM

  15. Darlene lit a candle:
    02 Jul 2020
    Lit since July 2, 2020 at 7:12:27 PM

  16. Pat Hosty says:
    02 Jul 2020
    Had a lot of good times with Joe. Great guy. We'll miss you Buddy.

  17. Michael Pietryla says:
    02 Jul 2020
    With Deepest sympathy and Prayers. Joe was always willing to help out new detectives at the old A/4. I happen to be one of those lucky guys. He was genuinely good man and a very good detective. We shared many fishing stories while waiting for an assignment on those dreary midnight shifts. So Godspeed Bots and one last time......"God, I love this Job!" as you hit the door to Heaven.

  18. Michael Pietryla lit a candle:
    02 Jul 2020
    Lit since July 2, 2020 at 7:46:21 PM

  19. Jim & Lori Las Cola lit a candle:
    02 Jul 2020
    Lit since July 2, 2020 at 7:11:33 PM

  20. John and Lorrie Hill, and Barb Deboer says:
    02 Jul 2020
    So I didn't know Joe for very long, just since I bought a place next to him and Mary in 2012. He was very friendly and always wanted to help his neighbors. He will be missed

  21. John Chibe says:
    02 Jul 2020
    To Joe's entire family and friends. What an incredible man WE were Blessed with. I met Joe while working in the 011th District as a young officer. Anytime we brought a case "upstairs" it was great to see Joe. Whether he was assigned to your case or not, he ALWAYS treated you like you were a friend for life, which I've always felt and will feel until we meet again. You meet many people "on the job" but through "movement" you lose touch but you NEVER lose the memories, or the bond of awesome people like Joe. GREAT loss and a WONDERFUL man. I know he's smiling down on us all. Blessings to ALL, especially OUR officers today!!

  22. John Stout says:
    02 Jul 2020
    I'll always remember Joe .Good memories either from working at CPD or meeting in Florida. He will be missed.
    John Stout

  23. Michael & Patricia Fleming says:
    02 Jul 2020
    Mary, our condolences to you and your family. Patricia and I had the pleasure of being fellow crew members on the S.S. Mc Weeny many times with Joe Bots.

    T R U S T I N T H E L O R D W I T H A L L O F Y O U R H E A R T; L E A N N O T O N Y O U R O W N U N D E R S T A N D I N G

  24. Robert Stasch says:
    02 Jul 2020
    From the Area 4 Black Watch Joe, "lest we forget."

  25. Bob & Betty Millen says:
    02 Jul 2020
    Show is a terrific guy. He was one of our first friends when we moved to Florida. We had fun times cooking hotdogs at the stand at the Red Sox City of Palms Park for the Cop Shop. In a golf tournament we played in the club ran out of regular golf carts so they let us borrow a members golf cart which resembled a clown car from the circus. Joe said it was probably very appropriate that we would be in a clown car. He and Mary were very supportive when Betty was dealing with legionnaires disease. Joe is always there to help and give support to anyone that needed it, and I don’t think he ever met anybody he didn’t like. I’m sure he was an amazing police detective. Joe and Vary were very fortunate to have each other for the many years they had together. Our prayers are with his family and many friends.

  26. P. J. Kellam says:
    02 Jul 2020
    God speed Joe and may you rest in everlasting peace. You truly were one of the good guys on the CPD. You will not be forgotten.

  27. John and Pat Hills lit a candle:
    02 Jul 2020
    Lit since July 2, 2020 at 7:57:19 AM

  28. Kathy Kocisky says:
    02 Jul 2020
    Joe ,miss you already , your big heart always made me laugh
    You took good care of my sister I see a hundred Cardinals on my balcony which I know was sent by you ! I know god has his arms around you now no more suffering . We will always remember you in our day to day thoughts , I know your a Angel in heaven . Please keep Mary safe !
    Your not off the hook yet !
    We love you so much

  29. Frank Stout says:
    02 Jul 2020
    I met Joe through Dan McWeeny when we bought in Florida several years ago. He was a kind man and a good guy to be around who could converse on any subject. Although I had not know him very long we had a few discussions on the Bears, White Sox, Golf, and fishing. Joe was a wonderful man. May he rest in Peace!

  30. Patrick Hurley says:
    02 Jul 2020
    Joe was a football coach of mine and one of my friends julies dad he always treated me like family!! I believe joe helped me to be a better man!! I have found memories of joe and thankful for everything he’s done for me !! So sorry Julie love you !!! Patrick

  31. Patrick Hurley says:
    02 Jul 2020
    Joe was a great man who I admired joe was a father figure for me !! Thanks for everything Joe

  32. Phyllis Benstein lit a candle:
    02 Jul 2020
    Lit since July 2, 2020 at 7:48:36 AM

  33. Juli posted an image:
    02 Jul 2020


  34. Juli posted an image:
    02 Jul 2020
    Making Detective
    Making Detective

  35. Juli posted an image:
    01 Jul 2020
    Always the life of the party
    Always the life of the party

  36. Juli posted an image:
    01 Jul 2020
    Making Detective!
    Making Detective!

  37. Dan b McWeeny says:
    01 Jul 2020
    Joe was a good friend! He was my partner on the job for many years. He was a great policeman. He was always there whenever you needed him for anything.
    Many good memories of boating, fishing, and golfing with Joe!
    He was a loving husband, a dedicated father, adoring grandfather, and loyal friend! He will be missed by all.❤️
    Dan and Jane McWeeny

  38. Juli Velazquez posted an image:
    01 Jul 2020
    My father, my hero, my everything.  My heart ❤️ is so broken without you!
    My father, my hero, my everything. My heart ❤️ is so broken without you!

  39. Matthew Weber says:
    01 Jul 2020
    Worked tactical team with Joe in the 70’s many a great memory. RIP

  40. Michael Nallen says:
    01 Jul 2020
    Joe was a class-act and gentleman. In my formative years in the police department, Joe was always a huge help and always patient when asked questions, and offering assistance whenever requested. An excellent detective who will be be greatly missed. Rest In Peace.

    Sgt. Michael Nallen

  41. Catherine Rolewicz lit a candle:
    01 Jul 2020
    Lit since July 1, 2020 at 7:36:40 PM

  42. Bob and Donna lit a candle:
    01 Jul 2020
    Lit since July 1, 2020 at 7:00:49 PM

  43. Barbie lit a candle:
    01 Jul 2020
    Lit since July 1, 2020 at 7:49:57 PM

  44. Bob and Betty Millen says:
    01 Jul 2020
    Joe is one of the first ones to make friends when we moved here from Massachusetts. Had terrific times cooking hotdogs at the City of Palms Red Sox ballpark in the Cop Shop stand. Joe and I played in a golf tournament and as luck would have it, regular golf carts were depleted so we were assigned someone’s personal cart that looked like a Clown Car in the circus. Joe said it was appropriate because we were a couple of clowns. Mary and Joe were so supportive when Betty was ill with Legionnaires disease. As brothers in law enforcement, we had many common interests.
    A terrific man. Mary and Joe were so lucky to be a couple and spend so many years together.
    God Bless their family.

  45. Alexxis posted an image:
    01 Jul 2020
    A memory that I’ll cherish and hold close to my heart forever.
    A memory that I’ll cherish and hold close to my heart forever.

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