SOUTHINGTON - Mike Montana, owner of the popular ‚Äúpub grub‚ÄĚ The Groggy Frogg on Center Street, died last Thursday and Frogg fans have offered their condolences on the eatery‚Äôs Facebook page.
According to his obituary, Montana, 53, died at The Hospital of Central Connecticut‚Äôs New Britain General campus ‚Äúsurrounded by his loving family.‚ÄĚ Montana had owned and operated The Groggy Frogg for the past 12 years and won awards at the Southington Chamber of Commerce‚Äôs Wing Fest the past seven years in a row.
The following statement was posted on The Groggy Frogg‚Äôs Facebook page:
‚ÄúTo many he was our owner and a fixture at the bar who was always always there to greet you with a smile or a kind word. He was so much more than that. He was a father, a son, a brother, an uncle, a coach and the head of our dysfunctional Frogg family and someone who was loved by so many.
‚ÄúThose who really knew Monti knew a generous and big hearted guy who would give the shirt off his back for anyone he considered a friend. He was a charitable person, rarely seeking acknowledgment, who wanted to give back to the community that he loved so much.‚ÄĚ
As of noon Monday, 125 people had reacted to the post on Facebook, 22 had shared it and 16 had commented.
‚ÄúVery sad to read this!‚ÄĚ wrote Christina Roberts Velazquez. ‚ÄúPrayers to his family and the staff at Groggy.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúI still can‚Äôt believe he is gone,‚ÄĚ wrote Dean Landino. ‚ÄúI miss hearing him drive by my house in his Durango. I can hear him a street away, then I knew that‚Äôs Mike going by, always looking over to see what was going on. I had some great memories with him jet skiing down the Connecticut River to the pavilion down at old Lyme. He would always say ‚Äėwe ride today.‚Äô I‚Äôll miss the boxing parties at the house and the talks we had about life in general.‚ÄĚ
Montana was a graduate of Southington High School‚Äôs class of 1983 and attended Tunxis Community College. He was a longtime coach for the Southington Midget Football League and was inducted into the Memorial Park Midget Football Hall of Fame. His hobbies included jet-skiing, snowmobiling, vintage cars and watching the Arizona Cardinals.
A trust fund has been set up for Montana‚Äôs son, Michael Austin. Donations may be made in Montana‚Äôs memory to the Michael Austin Trust Fund c/o TD Bank, 121 Main St. Southington, CT 06489.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.