Monday, May 17, 2021

Celebrating Bo Sorrentino’s Big Heart

Susan Sorrentino remembers the day she met Bo. It was love at first sight. Susan was a buyer for a large department store in Atlanta and a friend told her, “You have to meet Bo Sorrentino.” Bo invited her to a Cinco de Mayo radio promotion. Two years later to the day, on May 2, 1998, Bo and Susan were married. They would have been married 21 years on May 2, 2019.

After a very successful 30+ career selling radio advertising in Atlanta, Georgia, Bo and Susan moved to Marco Island where he got his real estate license. Bo loved to cook Italian cuisine and cooking for friends was his happiness.

The beach was Bo’s passion. He got up every morning and walked the beach for eight miles. He also volunteered at St. Matthew’s House. Bo battled Wilson’s disease, a rare liver disorder, all his life and lost the fight at age 63.

On May 2, 2019, Pastor Tom Boeck of the Marco Lutheran Church led a sunset celebration of Bo’s life. He read passages that were meaningful to both Bo and Susan.

Kathy Eil, a fellow Italian-American and a beach walker wrote, “Bo and I hit it off instantly, partly because of his bigger than life voice and personality and we both loved to cook. He was a PRESENCE on our beach.”

Daphne (bottom) and Little Debbie Cupcakes. | Photos by Susan Sorrentino

Alan Goldenberg met Bo in 2006. Bo sold Alan’s property at the Duchess and found him the perfect condo at the Madeira. According to Alan, Bo was a giver not a taker and Bo will forever live in his thoughts.

Lola Sinelli walked the beach with Bo for 14 years. “If you knew Bo, you were his best friend and I will miss his generosity.”

Francine Klein smiles remembering how “Bo loved to talk about food, how to cook it, how to eat it and fussed about putting a slice of green pepper on a hamburger. I don’t like green pepper but for Bo – maybe for my next burger.”

Arnold Baron, a fellow Connecticut Yankee remembers Bo as “having the biggest following of people ever on this beach and he could talk politics all day.”

Lisa Bederian remembers “a wonderful friend who always had a big bright smile and uplifting conversation to those of us lucky enough to walk alongside him.”

Toni McCully, remembers “Bo’s amazing ability to meet people and make them feel good.”

His associates at Engel and Volkers in Naples also remembered Bo as “full of life, and always had a kind word. A good cook and feel fortunate to have known him.”

Frank Steiger and Bo were the original “Daily Early Walkers.” They walked the beach before sunrise, rain or shine, 39 degrees or 90 degrees, and Frank “will miss their walks and conversations.”

For Susan Sorrentino, the sudden loss cuts very deep. “Bo was a loving husband, father and my best friend.” Bo is also survived by his two sons, Andrew James Sorrentino, Jeremy Taylor Sorrentino and five beloved cats, Connie (his lap cat); Buddy and Hoops; Daphne and Little Debbie Cupcakes. He will be missed by his countless beach friends.

One response to “Celebrating Bo Sorrentino’s Big Heart”

  1. Sharon Elkins says:

    I’m just now learning of Bo’s passing. I had the pleasure of working with Bo in the radio industry for several years in Atlanta. He was the kind of co-worker that had your back. I’ll never forget when he gave me two tickets to see an Atlanta Braves playoff game during their most popular “Worst to First” season. When I got home from work that day my husband couldn’t believe it and was thrilled! Bo was always a professional and a gentleman.

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