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Anthony C. Sirignano 1940 - 2010
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Saturday, June 18, 2011
I studied with Tony at Regis, Fordham, and for three years at Princeton. We even roomed together there 1962-1963 - downmarket New Yorkers among the elite. He was always the most lively, the most brilliant, and most fun of his contemporaries - though as roommates we argued about his taste in opera and my general messiness.
It was so sad to hear of his passing - RIP.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
I remember Mr. Sirignano as someone who inspired others to be the best they could and who was filled with life. Despite my adolescent awkwardness, I always walked away from a conversation with him feeling quite special and inspired about the future. He made the world seem filled with possibilities. I owe him a lot for that, as I am sure many do. Leah, I am so sorry for your loss but am so happy that you had the chance to experience life with and be loved by such a wonderful man. I hope you are finding comfort in many happy memories.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
I was blessed to have Mir Sig as a professor. He was the inspiration behind my pursuit as a philosophy major in college. I would send him papers I wrote for his approval, he meant so much to me. I quoted him often and was proud to have made this photo album. He lives on within me, for sure.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Mr. Sirignano was an amazing person, teacher, and friend. He taught to think critically and challenged us to question anything and everything. When I think back to my high school years at St. John's, Mr. Sirignano is central to my memories. To this day, when I hear references to Plato or Socrates, I remember his warm smile and infectious laugh. Mr. Sirignano will be sorely missed, but his spirit, kindness, and determination will live on through the lives of the hundreds of students whose lives he touched.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Mr. Sirignano was an academic inspiration to every SJ student who had the honor of taking his classes. He was both a respected and accomplished member of the "old school" academics and will be missed dearly by myself and all others who benefited from his wisdom. Meghan Jump (SJS '06)
Monday, October 25, 2010
I credit Tony Sirignano with teaching me critical thinking. He said to me -- as to many others in his senior-level philosophy course -- "These are the important questions that people have wrestled with since the beginning of Western Civilization. You should know what they are, and you should know what you think about them."

And he listened to what we, 17- and 18-year-olds, thought! And he challenged us, and he respected us. For this 17-year-old, who had been told most of her life that her youth and inexperience made her not worthy of being heard, Tony's class was a life-changer.

I went on to major in Classics in college, during which time I had occasion to study again many of the texts that Tony first introduced to me. And I'm not sure that I didn't learn more from him about those texts, in that high school class, than I did at university.

I am sorry that I didn't get a chance to tell him how much he meant to me as a teacher, mentor, and friend.

My G-d comfort his family during this sad time.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Mr. Sirignano will be definitely missed at St. John's School, and the lamp of knowledge has made those storied cloisters a little bit dimmer this week. Farewell friend.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Dear Leah .. just for once, I shall not try and find any words, except some that I have found comforting in the past: To live in the hearts of those you leave behind is not to die.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
I have struggled this past week to find words to express both my deep admiration for Tony Sirignano as a person and my sincere gratitude for his presence in my life. More than any single lesson in history or philosophy, Tony demonstrated for me what it means to live a full and passionate life. His deep intellectual engagement with fundamental questions coexisted with his unbridled enthusiasm for pasta, gardening and travel. His serious mental pursuits were always accompanied by his infectious sense of humor. Tony gave me the gift of a lifetime: he taught me to think critically, live fully and give back to others. I have thought of him frequently for more than 20 years and will continue to carry the light of his memory in my heart.
Friday, October 22, 2010
How lucky we all were. Mr. Sirignano was so wise, and so fun, and so full of warmth for everybody and everything. It's been twenty years since I took his philosophy class and I still remember it so well. He took us seriously. He teased us. He made us laugh. And, best of all, he made us really think--really use those brains we'd been developing all those years at St. John's. Even all this time later, whenever his name comes up, I feel so much affection and gratitude for the generous way that he saw the best in me, and for all the gentle ways he nudged me to improve. He was a truly good person, and I became a better person myself for knowing him. Tonight, when I put my children to bed, I'm going to tell them all about him--my teacher and friend--and ask them to tuck a little piece of him into their hearts, the way I know I will always carry him in mine.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Tony was my all time favorite teacher at SJS. He had a rare ability to motivate students with wit and humor and, as a result, was beloved by everyone who crossed his path. His philosophy and ancient civilizations classes were my two favorite during my six years at SJS (I can remember being so inspired that I couldn't put Descartes down, even during Chapel), and there's no doubt that my deciding to major in history was a direct result of Tony's influence. I'm not sure how he did it, but he could simultaneously be a teacher, a mentor and a friend. We took him seriously as a teacher because he was knowledgeable and passionate about the subject matter, and yet we always knew that he was good for a joke or an amusing story. Most of all, he treated us with respect and, as a result, got it in greater measure in return. Tony exemplified everything SJS is about. I will always remember him fondly.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Leah,
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. You'll remember that you first introduced me to Tony when you asked me to house-sit during one of your summer trips. Since I was single at the time and living in a tiny Montrose apartment, it was a thrill to be able to spend some time in an actual house. And what a house - and what a garden! I was a little intimidated, what with my black thumb, to be given the awesome responsibility of keeping the garden alive, but thankfully nothing untoward happened. I remember following Tony around the evening before you left, even taking notes on Tony's scrupulously complete instructions, and I learned more than I thought was possible about the care of a world-class garden. I got a sense of what a great teacher he must be, and the love and responsibility he felt for the beings in his care. Then a moment of glory: one evening, a few days after you left, I had the great pleasure of taking the phone call from the neighborhood association that you and Tony had won the Lawn of the Month award! I did not hesitate - I immediately called your hotel to relay the news, way off in Wyoming at his conference, and I can still remember Tony's unbridled and infectious joy. Leah, it was such an honor to participate vicariously in your lives for those three weeks you were away. I even think the dogs began to accept me, also a great honor. Thanks again for asking me back the next summer, and for giving me that opportunity to take part in the richness of your and Tony's life together.
David
Friday, October 22, 2010
Mr. Sirignano was the Platonic Ideal of teaching.
Friday, October 22, 2010
When my first child entered kindergarten, the head of his school challenged all the parents to think back to a teacher that made a difference in our lives and to write that person a letter. I sat down and poured my heart out to Mr. Sirignano, who took me aside senior year, asked if I wanted to do independent study with him, and proceeded to give me a sense of myself as a thinker and as a person that carried me through college, grad school, and many book projects beyond. He was far more than a teacher. From the many, many similar entries here, it is clear how much of an impact he had on this world.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Though Tony and I were colleagues at St. John's for many years, we taught different subjects and didn't run into each other often. I'll never forget how excited he was when he found out that I was taking a leave of absence from SJS to teach in Italy. I didn't know the language yet or much about the culture, but his passion and enthusiam for my coming adventure gave me a sense of what wonderful experiences awaited me. What an inspirational man he was to so many. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Leah I wanted to share a memory with you (and everyone) that will make you smile! Uncle Anthony use to play clue with all five of us every time we got together. Inevitably someone would accidentially call "Coloniel Mustard" "Colonial Mustard" . He would laugh his great laugh and correct us and move on. Of course, we'd forget and do it again! He would correct us, we would laugh at our mistake. After a few more times, he would abandon the game frustrated with our inability to understand the correct pronunciation! Our mother (his sister) gor such a kick out it then, and still as we remeber it, today!
We love you Uncle Anthony, say hello to grandpa for us!
Marianne
Friday, October 22, 2010
Like so many others here, I took Mr. Sirignano's philosophy class my senior year at St. John's, and think of him as one of the best teachers I've ever had. To me, what set him apart was that he truly respected and listened to his students - even if they were only 16 or 17 years old. My heart goes out to his family, with the hope that the outpouring of love for him, and the impression he made on so many people's lives can provide some small comfort a this difficult time.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Mr. Sirignano and I started St. John's at the same time, and I had the privilege of being in his classical history class. We both learned a great deal that year. He opened up the wonders of Greece and Rome to us, and we gave him a taste of freshman life at St. John's. (My mother tells me that one of their parent-teacher conferences touched on his bafflement with my nail polish - black with white polka dots.) I am forever grateful to him for expanding my horizons, not only in that class but after St. John's when I chose to go to Fordham University. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. I will continue to carry happy memories of him in my heart.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Dearest Leah,
I remember how fun loving Tony was, and the garden he kept !!! May the times you both shared be with you and keep you. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Friday, October 22, 2010
To Leah and Tony's family: My heart has been heavy all week with the loss of Tony S. He was the most important, gifted, and inspirational teacher I have ever had. Three years of Latin with Tony taught me more about the structure of a Western language than I could have ever imagined and made my subsequent study of French a snap. A year in his philosophy class, grappling with ideas and questioning our belief systems, literally changed my view of the world.

Tony was also a friend and a mentor. I was in his advisory for four years, and therefore spent much time in the mornings bantering about tardies and arguing about whether it was really gum in my mouth. He once predicted we would never lose touch, and indeed we did not. We had lunch several times a year, even though I lived far away for 20 years. When I became a French teacher, eventually at St. John's, he was the first person I turned to for advice.

Conversations with Tony were always so engaging, that my usual parting reaction was - Wait! I'm not done yet! And that is how I have been feeling all week. I am not done yet! I still have more to tell you and so much more to learn. I will miss him terribly.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
It is not at all clear to me that I have thus far encountered a man of equivalent greatness to Anthony Sirignano.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Tony,
You were more than a teacher and a friend; you were the light in the darkness. You did more than bring out the best in me; you led me to become better than my best. You were mortal, but our memories of you and our bettered selves are your immortality. I miss you.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Tony Sirignano was the finest teacher I have ever known. He was the first teacher who really made me think. He changed the way I see the world. He also showed me how to shrug off my teen angst and laugh at myself, to worry less about fitting in and more about being myself. I feel blessed to have known him and been taught by him.

Mrs. Sirignano and your family, my heart goes out to you all. I hope it brings you some comfort to know how many of his students considered him a mentor and friend and will miss his presence on the earth. He gave us all so much and we love dearly him for it.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Dr Sirignano was one of my favorite teachers -- taught us philosophy in the academic sense but also alot about the philosophy of everyday life. His words of wisdom helped me through my first real broken heart, something that I have always remembered and for which I will always be grateful.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Mr. Sirignano was my Philosophy teacher when I was a senior at SJS in 1987. The subject was intimidating, but he made it accessible for me. I ran across an old report card a few years ago with comments from him to my parents. I didn't realize until I was much older, how insightful he was and how much he was paying attention when I didn't notice. As an educator and one of his former students, I believe that routine part of his job spoke volumes about his character and teaching. I am very fortunate to have had Mr. Sirignano in my life; he truly made a difference. May you smile at the memories and be blessed with the peaceful reassurance that he is with the angels.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Without a doubt, Mr. Sirignano was the most important teacher I've ever had. I'll truly miss him.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Days in Mr. Sirignano's classroom are vivid in my memory--discussion was engaging and enlightening, he was challenging and provocative. Some of my fondest memories of my days at SJS were with him, and I echo the words of so many classmates who refer to him in conversation as one of the most significant mentors and influences in our growing up. Best of all, though, I remember the laughter: chats about current events, gripes about dry pasta noodles lodged under Mr. Sirignano's fingernails, and the always humorous trials and tribulations of Agamemnon the dog. He will be sadly missed.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Where do I start? Mr. Sirignano is one of the few people I consider truly dear to me and it is a tragedy that he's gone.

I had him for Latin, and Philosophy, but really I had him for Life 101, since nearly every day of my high school career I would go by to get his advice or chat.

And I loved everything about him. He was kind, clever, mischievious, rational, intuitive, and full of life. He let me cuss in class and he often had comments about the Baywatch women... but that didn't stop him from demanding nothing less than absolute respect for the subject at hand, for my fellow students, and for the integrity of education.

I could go on for days with stories of how he inspired us, amused us, or even at times, how he was irreverant to the point of blasphemy - and that would not even begin to brush the surface of what wonderful man he was.

So instead, I'll just say this last thing - I love you, Mr. Sirignano and I miss you.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
I had Mr. Sirignano for Latin III, IV, and philosophy. He was such an amazing person--intelligent, insightful, and able to foster an intense connection with those around him. He could have probably succeeded at any profession he chose. The fact that he devoted his life to teaching, a job that doesn't earn a hefty income or fame, is humbling. It makes all of us, his students, want to be better people. He will be missed.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
This note is for Neil, Anthony's brother.
Hi Neil,
I read the Houston Chronicle's obituary notice on your brother's death with sorrow and some sympathy. I too lost a brother and I remember how wrenching it was for me and the whole family. From the obit in the paper I gather that he was a good man and he no doubt will be sorely missed.
I'm Herb Phelan who graduated with you from Holy Rosary School back a long time ago. I've been living in the Houston area most of my adult life and am now retired and enjoying leisure pursuits.
If you're inclined to catch up with an old friend, my email address is herbphelan@gmail.com. If you're in Houston for your brother's funeral, my phones are 281-610-2385 (Cell) and 281 239-6256 (Home).
Whether we make contact or not, I wish you and your family well as I do Anthony's family. May he rest in peace and may the Perpetual Light shine upon him.
Herb Phelan
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Mr. Sirignano was the greatest man and teacher I have ever known.

We, his students, are all his children.

Sunt lacrimae rerum et mentem mortalia tangunt.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Leah, I am so sorry for your loss. I was so distressed to learn of Tony's passing, but it has been some comfort to read everyone's entries and be reminded of the incredibly large community of students and colleagues who were so deeply influenced by this wonderful teacher and man. His emphasis on the importance of intellectual integrity and the examined life has been such an important part of my life since high school. At the same time, I have found that certain of his lessons, while planted in high school, did not germinate until later in life when I could better appreciate them. It was only when I had children that I appreciated his lessons on Plato's view of the family. It was not until after college that I took up his recommendation to read Graham Greene, and The Heart of the Matter is now one of my (and my wife's) favorite novels. Apart from my parents, I have had two great mentors/role models in my life: the judge for whom I clerked after law school and Tony. Perhaps it is no coincidence that they both were classical scholars. How fortunate we all were to have known Tony.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Mr. Sirignano's classes were simply wonderful to be in. After taking one Latin course, it was easy to see just how much joy he took in teaching. He pushed students to their best, but not without instilling them with a sense of passion towards the material. Two other Latin classes and a philosophy class later, I can easily say that his courses were among the best I've ever taken. I'll miss his incredible sense of humor, his great personality, and the compassion towards others he demonstrated every day. I am grateful that I was lucky enough to have such an exceptional teacher and wonderful person in my life.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Mr. Sirignano was my favorite and most beloved teacher. I have so often spoken of him over the years. Whenever I am asked who that person is- who that teacher is- who impacted my life and who motivated me tremendously as a result, he is the one that comes to mind. He exuded passion, energy, and joy in the classroom, and we were all touched by his enthusiasm and mastery. His was a lasting influence, and he will certainly live on in my memory and in those of countless others. My heart and prayers are with his family.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Of all the courses I ever took in high school and beyond, memories of Mr. Sirignano's class on Plato are the most cherished.

First, the way he was able to synthesize and bring to life the structure and content of Plato's thinking was just brilliant.

Second, his teaching passion on the subjects of Plato's discourses-- truth, the good, aspects of the human soul-- was well-integrated and deeply intertwined with his care and affection for others.

He is the only teacher whom I still recall taking me aside and gently challenging the way I was living my life, and it clearly flowed out of his thinking and teaching and care for me, just another student. Not everyone gets a Socrates and I count myself blessed to have had one for a time.

He will be missed. Your family is in my prayers.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Leah,
I am very sorry to hear of your loss. It is so hard to lose a loved one. It is hard to lose anyone.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
The world shines a bit less brightly without Mr. Sirignano to light the way for so many young minds. But, he sparked so much in the hearts and minds of those he touched, that his legacy leaves a powerful glow. I am honored to have been touched and taught by this wonderful man. I send love and strength to his family.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Dear Sirignano Family,
My daughter had Tony for Philosophy. She adored him and the class, so being a colleague in Lower School at that time, I decided to do my observations in his class. What a treat! I learned more about philosophy from Tony in a short time than from all my college philosophy courses. Beyond course material, though, Tony taught LIFE through his everyday interactions. Greet everyone with a smile; listen; enjoy your vices; think deeply and ask questions; make the most of each day! Those are lessons we will all remember forever. He is missed!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
I've had the good fortune in my life to have studied at some fantastic academic institutions and to have been exposed to some wonderful scholars. Not a single one, however, holds a candle to Mr. Sirignano. He was--without exaggeration-- the most gifted, exceptional teacher I have ever had. A true man of letters and an exceptional human being. You taught me Latin for 3 years-- and so much more. A significant regret: that I didn't take your philosophy class. You are deeply missed already. You and your family are in my thoughts.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
I was blessed to have studied Latin under Mr. Sirignano for the entire latter half of Upper School. Most telling about his passion for teaching was how in my senior year, he worked with three of us to design a "Latin V" course that went beyond the AP Virgil syllabus that traditionally ended the Latin curriculum. He taught Catullus and Ovid to the three of us all year, on top of his regular courseload, for no apparent monetary reward. His dedication to communicating knowledge to his students was just that deep. Ave atque Vale.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
My daughter and I are new to St. John's this year and did not have the privelege of knowing Tony, your dear colleague, mentor, husband, father, and friend. My deepest sympathies go to his family and St. John friends. I see from his photos that he was passionate and engaged in every aspect of life. My prayers are with those who were closest to Tony as you experience his loss and also celebrate his precious life.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Mr. Sirignano had such an impact on me as a student, encouraging authentic and creative thought and debate in his class, lacing Plato with humor, teaching the weight of ideas and words. His support and interest in his students was a wonderful gift. He will be missed.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tony Sirignano was the finest teacher that I have ever had. He was also the most influential. He taught with an urgency and depth that conveyed the message that ideas were not merely study material, but rather were the stuff of life. For him, examination and doubt were requirements of a meaningful life. At the same time, he communicated with a fundamental decency and generosity. I join everyone in celebrating his life and mourning his loss.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Faculty like Mr. Sirgnano are what make St.John's a such a special place. He was a great advisor and mentor to all of his students. I will always be thankful for the words of advice and encouragement that he gave me. I can't imagine what high school would have been like without him and I will miss him dearly.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Mr. Sirignano inspired an appreciation for the past that continues to affect the work I do today. His sense of humor and passion for teaching made him an unforgettable influence to so many. My thoughts go out to you and your family.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Mr. Sirignano was a big reason I went into the Humanities professionally. I was lucky enough to have his Philosophy class (I graduated '92), where he never failed to challenge each of us to understand our views and the views of others. I only hope my own teaching approaches the level of engagement and passion that Tony displayed day in and day out at SJS. Here's to Mr. Sirignano!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
I have had the privilege of having many master teachers in my life. None compares to Tony. More than any other person, he taught me - explicitly through words but, more importantly, through his manner and his lived life - the importance of ideas, the way in which ideas can and must, if taken seriously, affect a person's life. His passion, laughter, compassion, concern, impeccable integrity, and raw connection to life have always been, and will continue to be, a source of inspiration. I send you, Leah, about whom he spoke so highly, my thoughts and prayers during this period of mourning.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Signor Sirignano was the most gifted teacher I've ever had. He challenged, inspired, and cared for every single student who stepped into his classroom. He will be missed by so many.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Mr. Sirignano made our class one of the most enjoyable classes I've had. His insight and humor made his classes a joy to be in.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
I was lucky enough to have Mr. Sirignano twice for a teacher, in Latin, and as an advisor as well. I remember him well for his sweetness, good humor, and passion for the language. He was truly an inspiring teacher, and always took the time to be interested in our lives. He will be sorely missed.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Tony was a fantastic latin teacher. He was incredibly enthusiastic and passionate about teaching, and an inspiration to so many students. He will be greatly missed. I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Leah, I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Sirignano. He was such a wonderful teacher. He's part of the reason that I took 3 years of Latin in high school and Philosophy. He made class so interesting. He never failed to educate us about life, as well. I will never forget how he taught the class how to speak Latin. Spoken Latin was so lyrical. Our entire class loved him. You are in my prayers and thoughts. With Deepest Sympathy, Josetta Jones (c/o 1988).
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Tony was a colleague of mine at St. John's and although we taught different subjects, we both had a love for gardening. I loved to talk to him about roses, Springer Spaniels, and Italy. Leah, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Tony will be truly missed.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
What a wonderful, full life Dr. Sirignano lived, encouraging us, his students of Latin and Philosophy, to do the same. Your picture gallery and lovely obituary are testimony to this. We are blessed to have known him.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Tony was the personification of "a Scholar and a Gentleman." It was an honor to be considered his colleague. He was a mentor and an inspiration. You and your family are in our prayers.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Mr. Sirignano was all that a mentor should be--kind, funny, gentle with critism, generous with praise. In his philosophy class, he introduced us to the concept of "the good," then asked us to strive for it. The world is going to be a duller place without Mr. Sirignano, and I will miss him very much.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
I had many wonderful conversations with Tony over the years. He was always ready to support my good points in an argument, but he always had a "Now, Dwight..." comment to make me think further or in a different direction. I will miss his infectious laugh and his eagerness to think, to teach, and to think about teaching. He definitely brought out the best in us.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
I never had him in a class but I was so blessed to have him as my junior and senior advisor. I can't imagine my upper classmen years without his storytelling, quick wit and contagious laugh. He was always so genuinely interested in our lives whether it was to talk about the most recent football game or to wish us luck on an upcoming exam. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Tony was a gentleman, a wonderful teacher, and a great mentor. Always cheerful and philosophic, even about trivial topics, Tony was a great person with whom to share an office and the teaching day. I will always have fond memories of his positive support, good-natured humor and conversation, tips about gardening, and the wonderful hospitality that he and Leah showed the history department at their home. He will be missed but definitely never forgotten by the teachers and the scores of students whose lives he enriched. Our condolences go out to Leah and we know that the wonderful memories of Tony will help you through this time.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
He truly challenged his students. I can think of no other teacher I had at SJ that made me think (and re-think) as much as he did. I am grateful to have been his student.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
I'm so sad to hear of your family's great loss...and sorry to say goodbye to a most gifted teacher.

I don't think any of us who sat in Mr. Sirignano's class will ever forget him. He had a way of pushing us, challenging us, asking more from us...yet still making us feel respected, honored and cherished. He brought out the best in us, and I'm sure every one of us feels like his favorite!

My heart and prayers are with you.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Twenty years later, I still tell people about Mr. Sirignano's philosophy class, and the startling and transformative effect it had on my intellectual and academic development. Leah, I'm so sorry for your loss, and for the loss to the entire community of this amazing teacher.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Mr. Sirignano was the most inspirational, awe-inspiring, and influential teacher I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. He excited, incited, and thrilled us each day. I have missed him since I graduated and will continue to miss him and his stubbornly cigarette-smoking spirit.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Leah, I'm sorry to hear about your loss. I will pray that you find strength during at this difficult time.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Tony Sirignano was the best teacher I ever had. I was blessed to study with him several years, both for Latin and Philosophy, between 1987 and 1990. He taught me to question texts, to celebrate ideas, and to think deeply. I am saddened to hear of our loss. Ave atque vale. Laura Auwers Leonhardt
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Dear Leah, I am so very sorry for your loss. I loved Mr. Sirignano every year I was prileged to learn from him and have thought of him every year since then. Any time I think about how to teach thought, how to teach morality, how to teach a love of learning and of conversation, I think of him. Any time I think about homemade lasagne, I think of him. It's been over 20 years, and I still remember how much fun we had learning Latin and philosophy and how to live life thoughtfully. I know how very happy he was to have met and married you. My heart and prayers are with you. Best, Nicole Allee Roberts Pope (SJS, 1988)
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Mr Sigignano was, without a shadow of a doubt, the single most influential teacher and mentor I ever had. After more than 20 years, the only book from high school still on my shelf is a dog-eared and well-annotated copy of Plato's Republic from his class. Sig taught us to think, to examine, to seek truth and understanding, and imparted a joy and excitement to study that was truly unique. He will be eternally remembered in the lives of the thousands of students he influenced.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Dear Leah, My heart and thoughts are with you. I am deeply saddened by this loss. Tony was always greater than Life and such a wonderful friend. He was also a very special teacher for St John's students but also for all of us. He will always be with us. Christian Merle Bijitch.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Tony was a gifted teacher, as much a Greek as an Italian. Ave atque vale.William Pannill
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Dear Leah, I am sorry. As I look back on my own life, I know that one of the things for which I am most grateful is that I was the person who was privileged to invite Tony to join the faculty at the Honors College. He was a gift to his students and colleagues at the university and at St. John's. As you know better than anyone else, he lived ebulliently. He was a Master Teacher, a lover of books and ideas and conversation. His life reminds me that we can do without many things in life, but we cannot do without a teacher. For a multitude of students, Tony was THAT teacher, the one whom they could not do without. His love of Greek and Latin remind me of the immortal words that Catullus said on the death of his brother: atque in perpetuum, frater, ave atque vale—and so for all eternity, brother, hail and farewell. Leah, Sybil and I are thinking of you.
Ted Estess
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Leah, I'm very sorry to hear about Tony. I wish that I could have met him and I know that you will miss him very much. May time heal your heart.
Nina Infante
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Leah, I will be praying for you and your family. Take Care!

Ann Bazile
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Leah,

I always enjoyed your stories about Tony. Gather them close to you now and know that he was loved by many, as are you. We have all lost a wonderful person. Words do not fully express our pain at this time of loss. Please know that I am thiking about you.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Mr. Sirignano was a one-of-a-kind teacher. We are all better for the lessons he taught us and the laughter he brought us. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Lane Dilg (Philosophy Class, 1994)
Monday, October 18, 2010
I am so sad to hear that Mr. Sirignano has passed away. He was a wonderful teacher and a great mentor. Twenty years have passed since I was in his class, yet I still think about the lessons he taught me. You are in my prayers.
Monday, October 18, 2010
The loss of someone so close is difficult to bear. We share your grief.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Leah, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Your husband sounds like a remarkable man...truly one of a kind. My heartfelt prayers go out to you and your family.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Leah, I am so sorry to hear of Tony's death. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Peggy O'Neill
Monday, October 18, 2010
Leah,

I'm so sorry for you loss. I never had the opportunity to meet Tony, but he lived such a full life! He must have been a great friend and a wonderful teacher. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Monday, October 18, 2010
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Leah,

Please accept my heartfelt sympathies for your loss. My thoughts are with you.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Leah, I would like to express my most sincere condolences to You and your family. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Ericka Goudeau
Monday, October 18, 2010
I am so saddened by the loss of my good friend and colleague, Tony. He was a bright spot in my day at St. John's, never failing to share a laugh and a story. He holds a special place in my heart.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Dear Leah,

Tony lived such as full life..I'm sorry for his passing and pray for you for strength and peace during this time. Many blessings on you and the rest of Tony's family..

Fondly,
Joanne
Monday, October 18, 2010
Leah, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your family will be in my prayers.

Alice Richardson
Monday, October 18, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you. May memories of good times sustain you.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Leah, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. You & your family are in my thoughts & prayers. God Bless You.
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