Bristol Mayor Reflects on the Passing of a Mum City Native: They Broke the Mold with Bogey

Mike Boguslawski

Bristol native Mike Boguslawski, former Bristol City Councilperson and WTNH consumer reporter has died. He was 78.

Mike is best know for his catchphrase “I’m Mike Boguslawski and I’m in your corner.” as a consumer reporter.

Boguslawski was known as “Bogey” to so many fans.

Bristol Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu became close friends with Boguslawski in recent years.

“I met Bogey in 2015 when he came here to rehabilitate his broken femur at The Pines. Former Mayor Gerard Couture was a lifelong friend and introduced us. Bogey was disgusted with my 2015 election loss and made it his personal mission to convince me to try again in 2017. We enjoyed some great conversations, he told great stories about Bristol and growing up here. He was ecstatic when I won in 2017, but would also yell at me if he disagreed with something I was doing. They broke the mold with Bogey, and we were lucky to have him call Bristol his hometown.” said Zoppo-Sassu .

Boguslawski spent 19 years at WTNH and WVIT before heading to Los Angeles for a new gig at KCBS News.

KCBS News promotion for Mike Boguslawski in California.

He had a segment called “Bogey’s Corner” which ran from 1999 to 2001.

Eventually Boguslawski moved back to where he was born and raised until his passing.

Boguslawski died at Bristol Hospital.

Because of her close connection with Bogey, Mayor Zoppo-Sassu helped prepare his obituary.

“He and I had talked about it and I took notes for him last year, after he also battled pneumonia, which is why I offered to start it. His son and wife in Florida also added to it.”

Bogey will always be remembered as someone — larger than life, in everyone’s corner. Now, everyone is in his corner and he will be remembered not just as a TV personality but a great human being and a proud Bristolite.

Here is Mike “Bogey” Boguslawski’s obituary and some great videos highlighting his career of helping people.

Michael J. Boguslawski, 78, died Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Bristol Hospital. The son of the late Joseph and Margaret (Maro) Boguslawski, he was a Bristol native and favorite son.  Bogey was best known for his colorful consumer reports during the 1970s and 1980on WTNH and WVIT, during which he always included “I’m Mike Boguslawski and I’m in your corner.”

While his television career would take him from Connecticut to Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Florida, he was always Bristol’s biggest cheerleader. Born and raised on Park Street in the West End, he spent hours at the Boys Club and attended St. Stanislaus Grammar School and St. Anthony’s High School where he was a stand-out athlete, named as an All State Basketball player in 1959.

His dedication to serving and advocating for others began at a young age. After attending Stigmatine Fathers Seminary in Wellesley, MA, Mike worked at Wallace Barnes Spring Company & the Steel Division in Forestville, becoming a union steward for Local #712. He briefly serviced as an auxiliary state trooper at Troop L in Litchfield and in recent years was awarded the Man of the Year award by the CT State Police Auxiliary.

In the early 1970s he was elected to the Bristol City Council, serving two terms. During his stints in consumer advocacy and as a member of the Democratic Party, he was noticed by Governor Ella Grasso who appointed him to a position within her office. He was subsequently appointed to other state positions in Consumer Protection, Motor Vehicles and in the Taxpayer Services division of Revenue Services by former Governor John Rowland.

Mike is survived by his son Michael, wife Laura and their infant daughter Caroline of Plainville, his wife Patricia of Florida and her daughter Christine, his sister Viola DiMeo of Farmington, and the many friends who visited him at The Pines, often enjoying the lunches he sponsored for them and the employees there who he considered an extended family. He was predeceased by his brother Joseph and his sister Rita, who took great care of him prior to her death in 2016.

Friends are asked to meet directly at St. Anthony Church in Bristol on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 11:00 am for his Funeral Mass. Burial will follow in the Boguslawski family plot at St. Joseph Cemetery. Mike’s family and friends would like to thank the staff at The Pines who provided exemplary care to him over the last few years.

To continue Mike’s legacy of advocating for others, please consider making a donation in his name to the City of Bristol Dept. of Youth and Community Services Immediate Needs Fund to help families and youth in need, c/o the Mayor’s Office, 111 North Main St., Bristol, CT 06010.


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