Burton Edwin Bolt

July 11, 1924 to April 7, 2018

Burt Bolt beloved husband and father, was born July 11, 1924 in North Haven, Connecticut to George D. Bolt the Catherine Curtis Bolt. His siblings include: Jerome Bolt, Bill Bolt, and Jane Bolt all deceased.

Burt was proud of his service to his country, serving in the US Naval Air from Dec. 12, 1942 to Feb. 7, 1946.

The Navy trained Burt as an airplane mechanic for B-24’s and was part of a B-24’s gunner crew on solo flights to find and report Japanese shipping, and attack/sink the ships.

The Pacific Islands where Burt Bolt saw action were:

Noumea, New Caldonia, New Hedrides, Guadalcanal, Russel Islands, Munda, Rendova, Bouganville, Green Island, Solomon Islands, Adiralties, New Guinea, Owi Island, Moritai, Peleliu, Leyte Philippines, Lingayen Gulf Luzon, Clark Field, Luzon, Manila, Philippines, and Marshall Islands.

On August 20, 1949 he married Catherine “Rene” Mainetti in Guilford, CT. They had four children: Janice Bolt Bacon, deceased, Cathleen Bolt, deceased, Ellen Bolt Catt, Thomas Bolt, eight grandchildren, Joshua Nix, Emily Catt, Christopher Catt, Adam Bolt, Hunter Bolt, Tayah Bolt, Carter Bolt, Maizy Bolt. And five great grandchildren: Gage Nix, Ashton Nix, Kaili Nix, Gunner Nix, and Elijah Nix.

Together with his wife he built and operated the Crestline Motel and Burt’s Garage in CT before moving to Santa Barbara, Ca. in 1962.

Burt was active in the Santa Barbara Elks #613 from 1979-1986 serving as the Exalted Ruler from 1982-1983 and on the Board of Directors from 1983-1986.

After retirement Burt made outstanding realistic carvings of birds and other animals. His love of carving even extended to carving shrubs in his yard.

Burt and his wife Rene enjoyed RVing for 30 years and also traveled abroad to 57 countries. Their travel adventures were chronicled in 46 picture albums. They loved to play bridge with friends. Often they played in bridge tournaments that raised money for charity.

Funeral services at the Santa Barbara Cemetery will be private.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to:

MARC Community Resources, 124 Washington St., Middletown, CT 06457, which was founded by them in memory of their daughter Cathleen Bolt, a special needs child.


VITAS Community Connection (Hospice Care), 9655 Granite Ridge Drive, Ste. 300, San Diego, Ca. 92123

Dear friend Rene, our deepest sympathy on the loss of dear Burt. What a lovely life you two had together. We so enjoyed our time with the two of you at our weekly bridge sessions. Condolences to you and your family. In loving friendship. Tom and Letha Woodring

Tom and Letha Woodring on April 17, 2018

Our dear Rene, Our hearts are in deep pain at your loss of our dear Burt. We know the pain will subside with time, but because of our faith we know where Burt is and you can look forward to being with him again in paradise. GOD BLESS from your friends!!

Don & Karen Fuller on April 14, 2018

Dear Rene and Ellen, I would like to send you my deepest condolences and sympathy in this very sad moment. I knew Burt was ill, but I did not expect such a quick departure. My family, as well as my mother, father and sister are sharing my sympathy and we are all ensuring prayers that Burt may rest in peace in God's arms.

Anna Pizzamiglio on April 13, 2018

Dear Rene: We have so appreciated having you and Burt as our neighbors for as long as we did on Via Campobello. You gave us wonderful information with regard to our European trips. Bruce enjoyed exchanging war stories with Burt. He's still driving Burt's little white Toyota that he bought from him, and it continues to run well. Rene, you and Burt were the best of friends, and our love and prayers go with you both. Blessings to you as you live out your life in your always creative way. Please keep us in touch with what you're doing. Bruce & Mickey

Bruce & Mickey Rehwoldt on April 12, 2018

Rene, I’m shocked and saddened to hear if Burt’s death. I know how much you loved him and the loving care you took care of him. I still have the photo of you both at LaVida when you won the costume contest. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. We will have a nice lunch when you are able. With much love, Nancy Coate

Nancy Coate on April 12, 2018