Michael F Wortis

October 18, 1940November 6, 2020

Tribute to Michael F. Wortis, PGAPro, who passed away peacefully on November 6th, 2020 in Jupiter, Florida.

A quintessential gentleman with a million-dollar smile. Mike was a generous, erudite, soulful, charming, entertaining, loyal and honorable man. He had a tremendous command of the English language and was known to have an extensive language of his own. Everyone had a nickname, whether they wanted one or not.

To many, he was a debonair man, a role model, larger than life, who knew how to enjoy the best of everything. He was always impeccably dressed, extraordinarily generous and a gifted conversationalist. He had a joy of life, always surrounded by many friends, sharing interesting life stories and enjoying great food.

His handsome good looks and charm, both internal and external, will be fondly remembered by those who knew him. He was the real deal. Self-taught and self-made.

Mike was born in Brooklyn, NY, joined the Marines and then worked his way up through the golf business, ultimately becoming the Head Golf Pro at the Leo J Martin Golf Course in Weston, MA for 33 years. He had a natural talent for teaching golf to both beginners and champions, providing critical golf skills and lasting memories for all of those who were fortunate enough to take a lesson with Mike.

Mike was the son of late Judith and Samuel Wortis; brother of Henry Maikowski (deceased), sisters, Carol and Lola. He is survived by his long-time girlfriend, Ellen Stranberg, his daughter, Lisa (husband Dan “Duke” Yannes); grandson Jake Yannes and daughter Tara Morash (husband Kenny); grandchildren Jamie, Lauren, Taylor, Zachary and great granddaughter Michaela.

Mike was very special person, extraordinary in every way, irreplaceable, unforgettable and a compassionate human being. He will forever hold a special place in our hearts and minds. To know him was to love him. Mike will be honored with a private funeral service. To extend condolences to his family or to share a memory of Mike, please visit

In Mike’s memory, we have established the Michael F. Wortis Scholarship Fund for those who are passionate about learning the game of golf. Donations can be in Mike’s name to the New England PGA Foundation, PO Box 743, 81C Shrewsbury Street, Boylston, MA 01505.


Michael F Wortis

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Pete Weiss

September 21, 2021

Ya know Dutch,
Your not gone...Your always in my thoughts. I may re-open the "Big and Tall!"

Your friend,
Your nephew...

Falana Falana

June 23, 2021

Wow just found out
Sleep in peace you will be missed
On my mind.
Palm beach Security

Jj Griffstone

March 14, 2021

I knew Mike when I was a teenager and a caddy at the Chestnut Hill C.C. in the early 1970s. To me, Mike's greatest trait was his ability to make all those around him feel good about themselves and happy. One time the foursome, myself and Jim Conroy (dirty chin) were laughing so hard at Mike, the group could not finish the round and walked in 2 holes early. RIP MIKE

dan diskin

January 12, 2021

A great friend and PGA member. Trading used clubs was always a fun day with lots of laughs.
Dan Diskin, PGA

Ted Palatucci Jr

January 4, 2021

I was heartbroken to read the news of Mike's passing. Mike and my Dad were good friends and shared many laughs and rounds of golf in the Jupiter area through the years. He was one of the funniest, kindest, and big hearted men I ever met, and I was lucky to have known him. I lost my Dad early in 2020 and Mike's kind words about him and genuine sadness at hearing the news will not be forgotten. My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mike. He was truly one of a kind and will be missed beyond words.

-Ted Palatucci Jr


November 20, 2020


Jimmy DiMarino

November 14, 2020

It is with a very heavy heart that I write this...
1973, I am a snot-nose 9 year old kid tagging along with my older brothers to the Chestnut Hill Country Club as they caddied during the summer so they could make tuition $$ for high school at

Jimmy DiMarino

November 14, 2020

It is with a very heavy heart that I write this...
1973, I am a snot-nose 9 year old kid tagging along with my older brothers to the Chestnut Hill Country Club as they caddied during the summer so they could make tuition $$ for high school with no real interest in the game of golf. I meet Mike for the first time and I am in awe...this friendly, caring and passionate man took me under his wing and made me feel like the most important 9 year old in the world. He let this little kid who probably weighed literally 45 lbs. soaking wet shag balls for him during his lessons and he actually paid me $2.50 for every lesson that I shagged for him, unbelievable!
Mike is the only reason that I have had a 45 year career in the golf business and I could never repay him for the absolute best life I could ever have.
Fast forward to 2015...Mike shows up at Carnegie Abbey with his best girl looking at possibly joining the club. We see each other and we hugged and we actually both shed a tear because we hadn’t seen each other in so long. He was so proud of me and I was so thankful of him, it was a special moment that I will cherish forever.
Mike, you are the best and I thank you so very much for your guidance and friendship and for my life that without you, I certainly wouldn’t have had. I cannot wait to see you in heaven one of these days...RIP

Paula Collins

November 13, 2020

My son Michael started working when he was 11 years old at Leo J. Martin. Mike took the time on a daily basis to teach him the game of golf. As the years went by and Michael was now driving he could now go to Starbucks to bring Mike his favorite coffee. When my younger sons were old enough they had the opportunity to work at the golf course as well. Still to this day they share Mikes stories and phrases and laugh out loud , they truly thought the world of him and we are all saddened to hear of his passing.

Arthur Hillbrath

November 13, 2020

Sincere condolences. You were always fun to be with both on and off the course. Your wit was always appreciated and rivaled the famous Lee Trevino. Even tho its been several years since our OLD MARSH days the memories are cherished. Hope you are given a favorable handicap on your next round up there...SABU