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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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.

Vic Custardo

November 9, 2018

Played alongside Michael on the football team at Benedictine. Great player and friend. Mike was a big tough guy with a great smile and a wonderful laugh which he seemed to do all the time. May God Bless Mike and all of you in his family.

Larry Wilcox

November 9, 2018

MIke - You will be missed. You made life more fun. Lots of good times in Atchison and with Raven football.
To BIG to ever be forgotten.

Chris Schottel

November 9, 2018

I met Michael when we were both students at Benedictine College. We played football and rugby together and shared many great moments together. I will always keep the memory of my friend with me. RIP Michael.

Joe English

November 8, 2018

MIke was a dear and true friend thru my years of Ravens Football. We spend many hours laughing, lying, and enjoying our stories as high school advesaries and college teammates. RIP my friend