Michael “Lito” Nejaime passed away peacefully on Dec 4 at the age of 94 surrounded by his family. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 64 years, Nelly, originally of Beirut, Lebanon, along with their children and grandchildren, Carlos and wife Pascale, children, Michael, Daniel, & Natalie; John and wife Jody, children Ashley, Dylan, & Madison; daughters Jackie; and Lori, children Jacqueline & Pieter.
Mike was born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, as his parents Charles Nicholas and Edma Nejaime were immigrating from Maasser el Chouf, Lebanon enroute to the USA. He was the youngest of four children, Manira, Edward, and Maria, whom he loved and who have predeceased him. His formative years were spent in Cuba, between his birth town and eventually Havana, where he was to learn a lifetime of lessons that served him his entire adulthood. In his early twenties he was very fortunate to be able to immigrate to the USA, a privilege that he was extremely proud of and one that he never took for granted. He then spent three memorable years in the US Army, developing friendships that lasted him to his dying day. After returning to his new “home town” of Torrington, CT, he along with his brother Eddie, successfully ran both Valley Park Market, in the south end, and Birge Park Supermarket in Harwinton, CT. After his “retirement” in the mid 80’s, he continued to work for his sons, until just two years prior to his death. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, and golf, and was a member of the Elks, Lions, and Knights of Columbus. He and his wife Nelly traveled throughout the world. Together they had a home that was open to everyone. They were famous for their legendary parties and dinners for as long as can be recalled. He will be remembered as a loving husband, son, brother, father, grandfather, cousin, and friend. He was a gentleman, who had a keen wit along with a kind demeanor. He was respected and loved by all. He will be missed. The family will be in St Maron Church, Torrington, CT on Thursday, Dec 9, beginning at 9:30 am, followed by a Mass at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Maron Church, 613 Main St, Torrington, CT. www.phalenfuneral.com