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

  2. 10 Jul 2020
    Steven Botwinski says:
    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

  3. 08 Jul 2020
    James Las Cola says:
    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

  4. 08 Jul 2020
    James Las Cola says:
    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

  5. 08 Jul 2020
    Mary posted an image:
    Celebrating graduating from nursing
    Celebrating graduating from nursing

  6. 04 Jul 2020
    Mary posted an image:


  7. 04 Jul 2020
    Mary posted an image:
    You are MY ANGEL...
    You are MY ANGEL...

  8. 03 Jul 2020
    Mary wife posted an image:
    The Lord was  #1 in Our Marriage...  HE HELD US CLOSE EVERYDAY.....
    The Lord was #1 in Our Marriage... HE HELD US CLOSE EVERYDAY.....

  9. 03 Jul 2020
    John Nielson says:
    . 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

  10. 03 Jul 2020
    JoAnne Botwinski says:
    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.

  11. 03 Jul 2020
    Mary wife posted an image:
    Letter to ALL OF US
    Letter to ALL OF US

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

  13. 02 Jul 2020
    Darlene & Greg lit a candle:
    Lit since July 2, 2020 at 7:32:20 PM

  14. 02 Jul 2020
    Darlene lit a candle:
    Lit since July 2, 2020 at 7:12:27 PM

  15. 02 Jul 2020
    Pat Hosty says:
    Had a lot of good times with Joe. Great guy. We'll miss you Buddy.

  16. 02 Jul 2020
    Michael Pietryla says:
    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.

  17. 02 Jul 2020
    Michael Pietryla lit a candle:
    Lit since July 2, 2020 at 7:46:21 PM

  18. 02 Jul 2020
    Jim & Lori Las Cola lit a candle:
    Lit since July 2, 2020 at 7:11:33 PM

  19. 02 Jul 2020
    John and Lorrie Hill, and Barb Deboer says:
    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

  20. 02 Jul 2020
    John Chibe says:
    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!!

  21. 02 Jul 2020
    John Stout says:
    I'll always remember Joe .Good memories either from working at CPD or meeting in Florida. He will be missed.
    John Stout

  22. 02 Jul 2020
    Michael & Patricia Fleming says:
    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

  23. 02 Jul 2020
    Robert Stasch says:
    From the Area 4 Black Watch Joe, "lest we forget."

  24. 02 Jul 2020
    Bob & Betty Millen says:
    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.

  25. 02 Jul 2020
    P. J. Kellam says:
    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.

  26. 02 Jul 2020
    John and Pat Hills lit a candle:
    Lit since July 2, 2020 at 7:57:19 AM

  27. 02 Jul 2020
    Kathy Kocisky says:
    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

  28. 02 Jul 2020
    Frank Stout says:
    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!

  29. 02 Jul 2020
    Patrick Hurley says:
    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

  30. 02 Jul 2020
    Patrick Hurley says:
    Joe was a great man who I admired joe was a father figure for me !! Thanks for everything Joe

  31. 02 Jul 2020
    Phyllis Benstein lit a candle:
    Lit since July 2, 2020 at 7:48:36 AM

  32. 02 Jul 2020
    Juli posted an image:


  33. 02 Jul 2020
    Juli posted an image:
    Making Detective
    Making Detective

  34. 01 Jul 2020
    Juli posted an image:
    Always the life of the party
    Always the life of the party

  35. 01 Jul 2020
    Juli posted an image:
    Making Detective!
    Making Detective!

  36. 01 Jul 2020
    Dan b McWeeny says:
    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

  37. 01 Jul 2020
    Juli Velazquez posted an image:
    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!

  38. 01 Jul 2020
    Matthew Weber says:
    Worked tactical team with Joe in the 70’s many a great memory. RIP

  39. 01 Jul 2020
    Michael Nallen says:
    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

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

  41. 01 Jul 2020
    Bob and Donna lit a candle:
    Lit since July 1, 2020 at 7:00:49 PM

  42. 01 Jul 2020
    Barbie lit a candle:
    Lit since July 1, 2020 at 7:49:57 PM

  43. 01 Jul 2020
    Bob and Betty Millen says:
    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.

  44. 01 Jul 2020
    Alexxis posted an image:
    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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