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Michael D. Pezzotta

March 24, 1947 - December 12, 2021

U.S. Veteran

'Who will fill his shoes?'

Cremation

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Obituaries » Michael D. Pezzotta

“When the feet are comfortable, so is the mind body and soul.” – Donald J. Pliner

Michael Domenic Pezzotta, C.Ped., passed away unexpectedly at Morristown Medical Center on December 12, 2021. Born March 24, 1947 in Brooklyn, NY, to the late Michael and Josephine (nee Gagliardi), he was the baby of the family with two older sisters. Growing up, first in Philadelphia and then Brooklyn, he was surrounded by many cousins. He began working and training in his father’s business at the age of 11. Michael graduated Erasmus Hall High School in 1964, and then attended Long Island University. Subsequently he was drafted into the United States Army, serving at Fort Meade, MD. Upon his discharge he joined the family shoe business.

Following his father’s death, Michael changed the family business model from mostly shoe repair to making orthopedic shoes and devices exclusively. He discovered he had the innate ability to evaluate a client by observing their gait, and coming up with a preliminary solution to their problem. He would then sketch their feet on paper. His finished drawings were always filled with sweeping lines, arcs, and scribbles that only he could understand. Only he had the know-how to convert each two-dimensional drawing into a three-dimensional orthotic masterpiece that would put a smile on the customer’s face. His knowledge of shoes, their construction and purpose, coupled with his amazing eye for biomechanical abnormalities was surpassed by no one in his field.

Michael’s clients travelled from all 50 states as well as from around the globe. It was not unusual to see multi-generational families together in the office, all waiting their turn for Michael’s attention. His greatest wish was to design something that would ease their pain and unfailingly put a smile on their face after each step.

Michael, a.k.a. “Geppetto”, “Mike the Shoe”, “Dr. Shoe” or just plain “Shoe”, would work all hours of the day and night on his creations, including the day he died. Over the years Michael expanded his business from Brooklyn to Sussex County, NJ, and then to Morris County, NJ. In his final years he maintained offices in Morris and Sussex Counties, NJ as well as Pawleys Island, SC.

In addition to Michael’s love for his art, he was an avid NY Yankees fan. His love of life, his smile, energy, passion, sarcasm and witty humor were contagious. He impacted many that will miss him so dearly.

He leaves his wife Barbara, whom he adored; his beloved cat, Carlotta Pezzotta and his new puppy Pippa; his 4 surviving children; his siblings Adeline (Frank) and Michele (Bill). Michael’s firstborn, Sandra Renee predeceased him.

Per Michael’s wishes, an invitation only memorial service is being planned for late spring in New Jersey. Please reach out to his family if you are interested in attending.

The question that will be asked by all who knew Michael is, “who will fill his shoes?”