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Located by the New Milford High School gym is the weight room, named after one of New Milford’s own, Felice Bartolomeo. Bartolomeo excelled at many things in high school before leaving for the fall semester to attend William Patterson in 1996.

Head Football Coach Officer Bill Wilde remembers Felice as a three sport athlete from 1992-1996.  

 

“Felice was a tremendous athlete here at New Milford, he was a natural athlete.”

 

According to Coach Wilde, Bartolomeo was killed in a car accident on his way to William Paterson in 1998.

 

“Felice was on his way home from William Paterson University and the car in front of him blew a tire. This caused Felice to cut the wheel and drive into the barrier on the parkway. Felice crashed into the barrier and died from the steering wheel crushing his chest.”

 

The teachers at NMHS remember Bartolomeo as a hard worker.  Mr. David Wilson, history teacher, said, “Felice was a great student. He always did everything to his best ability, it didn’t matter the challenges that came with it.”

 

Mrs. Jessica Groff, a former classmate and neighbor of Bartolomeo, remembers his contagious friendliness.

 

“He always had a smile on his face, and you couldn’t help but smile when you saw him.  We had so much fun laughing about nonsense together.  He was an old soul,” she explained.

 

parents donated money to make this possible for other athletes at NMHS. They wanted to remember Bartolomeo in a positive light.

Bartolomeo was a night custodian and then a student athlete during the day. The high school was a special place to him.

 

Bartolomeo’s death left a mark on NMHS.  “The school made a scholarship in Felice’s honor that the teachers have the opportunity to give to one student every year,” Mr.Wilson explained. “There’s a tree named after Felice as well in the front of the building. Mr. Bartolomeo personally takes care of it. In the winter time, Mr.Bartolomeo decorates the tree and maintains it.”
Bartolomeo’s family’s hope is that future students will take as much pleasure in sports and activities during their time at NMHS as their son did.

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