Eastport & Hingham, MA – Luigi Anthony Battista, 90, passed away on November 14, 2016 at Eastport Memorial Nursing Home. Luigi was born on May 24, 1926 in Leominster, Massachusetts to Matteo and Teresa (Piemontese) Battista.
In 1931 the family moved to Quincy, MA where he received his education. He enlisted in the US Navy in April of 1944 and retired September 1, 1965. He was married to Janet (Spataro) Battista on August 21, 1948. They celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary. They built a home in Hingham, MA in 1955, where they raised their family.
Upon retirement from the US Navy, his first job was as an electrical designer for J.J. Henry Co. of Cohasset, MA and New York City. When they left the area, he went to work for Charles T. Main as an electrical designer and field Engineering Supervisor for projects across the United States. He credited the courses and training that he received in the Navy and Wentworth Institute for his success. He retired in 1987 due to failing eyesight.
He loved woodworking, music and traveling. He was a former member of the Knights of Columbus, North Quincy, MA, Fleet Reserve Unit #66, Rockland, MA, Fleet Reserve Unit #156, Brunswick, ME and a lifetime member of The Blind Veteran’s Association.
He is survived by his wife, Janet Battista; three daughters, Jacqueline Battista Hoover and her husband, Douglas of Eastport, Janice Prutzer and her husband Ed of Ellicott City, MD and Lisa Pratt and her husband Terry of Eastport; grandchildren Andrew Battista and Nina Battista, both of Quincy, MA, Megan Prutzer of Baltimore, MD, Ned Prutzer of Champaign, IL and Jeremy Pratt of Eastport. Also surviving are his daughter-in-law, Susan Battista of Quincy, MA; brother, Felix Battista and his wife Joann of Westfield, NJ; sister, Carmela Lourie and her husband, Bud of South Hampton, NJ; brother-in-law, John Spataro of Quincy, MA; sister-in-law, Geraldine Battista of Fitchburg, MA and many nieces and nephews.
Luigi was predeceased by an infant daughter, Deborah Lee Battista; his son, Louis A. Battista and brothers, M. Joseph Battista and Vildo J. Battista.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Washington St., Eastport at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 8th. Burial will be at Bayside Cemetery in Eastport. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the service at Christ Episcopal Church Institute, 21 Key St., Eastport.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request donations to one of the following charities: Eastport Memorial Nursing Home’s Patient Activity Fund, 23 Boynton St., Eastport, ME 04631; GEECA Fuel Assistance Fund, PO Box 147, Eastport, ME 04631 or Peavey Memorial Library, Children’s Room, 26 Water St., Eastport, ME 04631. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport.