Michael Joseph Pitts

April 3, 1950November 4, 2018

Michael Joseph Pitts was born on April 3, 1950 in Alton, IL and passed away on November 4, 2018.


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sallie scanzoni

November 30, 2018

I was deeply sadden to hear about Mike's passing. Every so often you meet someone so sincere and genuine He was always the center of attention making us laugh at Marquette High School. We will all miss him very much.

Sallie Kinney Scanzoni

Joanne Corrigan

November 27, 2018

As everyone has shared, my memories of Mike are laughter and fun at Marquette High School. I am grateful he called me before our 50 th reunion in September. I didn't hear from him often but usually before reunions. His call made me laugh and only wish our classmates had another reunion to share with him. He could not attend because he was moving from Washington DC to NYC to finish his graduate degree. A typical memory of Michael J. Pitts that I think was our 30th reunion... Our classmate, Father Don Roberts, arrived late and a crowd surrounded him. Mike walked up, put his arms around Don and said, "Forgive me Father for I have sinned." Laughter exploded, typical Pitts and I will never forget it.
Thank you for special memories, Mike, and blessings in the arms of God.
Jonie Corrigan

Mary Ann Carrabino

November 25, 2018

Oh Michael, what a blessing and privilege to have shared, and crossed paths with you throughout this life . . . may I be so lucky next time 'round as well. You will always be out there somewhere to me, as I'm sure you will be to many others. Go well, my friend xx

Tom Pacatte

November 17, 2018

I went to high school with Mike, along with Marc, Jim and Paul. Have many great memories of Mike. Sometime during either junior or senior year in high school, Mike got the combination to my gym locker. He then wore my high top, white Converse tennis shoes for the next several weeks. These were the shoes I wore for basketball; Mike had the flattest feet in the universe and he just ruined those shoes; I couldn't wear them any more; Mike, of course, denied this even though I caught him at my locker several times. And his laugh; it was so genuine and unique; had many great conversations with him through the years, and many memorable nights on the town. Like most of us, just wish I could have seen him one more time and shared a few more laughs. Peace to you Mike.

Jim Manns

November 16, 2018

I met Mike Pitts in 1966 when we played football for Marquette High School in Alton Illinois. Mike and I became close friends right away and he was a favorite of my immediate family. We stayed close friends through our high school years in the late 1960s which included some of the most traumatic years in our
country's history - especially in the Alton - East St Louis area.

A couple of years later we hooked up again to play football & rugby at Benedictine College. Mike was a warrior on the field and you could always count on him. Off the field he was friendly and charismatic even though he chose to use some of the most "color full" language that raised the eyebrows of several people at that small Catholic college.

Mike was the best man in my wedding. He knew both of my kids and made fun of me for being a grandpa. I will truly miss him.

Rest in Peace you "blankety blank"

Barbara Hatch

November 14, 2018

I knew Mike since elementary school at St. Patrick's. He hung around with Paul McFarlane, Tom Bruns, and those "all boy" guys I envied, as I was a tomboy and not a "girly girl." Paul, Tom, Mike, and friends used to tease the janitor, Mr. Tieman, who was an odd fellow. Once I remember hiding under the teacher's desk in a classroom while he chased the boys around with a knife! I don't even know what happened to the janitor, but all the boys went on to Marquette High School, where they continued to be friends. I last saw Mike at one of our class reunions. I was proud he was so successful and didn't know he had such a great sense of humor! Rest in peace, Mike. And condolences to the family. His siblings went to school with my sisters and brothers.

John Mernah

November 12, 2018

Heartfelt Condolences to entire Pitts Family. Always enjoyed Mike's fiery competitive spirit on rugby pitch & Huge Personality on BC Campus. Made our BC World that much better. He will never be forgotten & please know, your sorrow is our sorrow!!! God Bless us for having Mike Pitts.

Phil Miceli Jr

November 12, 2018

You gotta lov Michael Pitts
I had so much fun playing football and rugby
He really wanted to be a running back, a lot like Gale Sayers, but as it turned out he was one of our best linebackers
Pitts had an incredible laugh, a fantastic smile and one of the most heartwarming personality ‘s you would ever meet
Michael was a good- good guy
Will always be missed, but forgotten
God bless you Michael and your family

David Tornetto

November 12, 2018

My remembrance of Mike was him always wrapping his Afro in an ace bandage to allow for his helmet to fit. His laugh was always booming and hearty. A big laugh from a big guy. God Love You Mike.

John Baricevic

November 10, 2018

Great guy, great player and full of life. One of the blessings of this life was to have had the opportunity to coach Mike Pitts. He will be missed.