If there was ever a Dad that deserved an entire book written about him it would be my Dad. But all the words in the dictionary could never truly express the love and admiration I have for him. He was not only my Dad but he was my best friend.
His lifetime of achievements has shown my sisters and I that all things are possible as long as we have the determination to pursue, and the dedication and willingness to work hard to make it happen.
Dad’s life started with humble beginnings (depression years), he worked hard as a boy while at the same time always finding time to play the ‘game’. He became a great athlete in all sports especially the game of Baseball. Baseball was his passion.
He paid for his own education, became a great Educator, Businessman, Community Leader and most of all… Father.
I remember him working relentlessly, spending hours upon hours at the Farmingdale public schools, his businesses (Day camps, Nursery school, Travel agency, Parks and Recreation Dept, etc,) and all the while still having time to be a great Father.
As a child...I remember him working a full day in Farmingdale...driving home to Hauppauge to pick up my sisters...driving back to Farmingdale to take them to dance class and then going back to work...every week, every year.
He went over and above what most fathers would do.
Because he was driven.
He had a drive inside to become a better person and to make something of himself.
Because he wanted to provide a great life for us.
He gave my sisters and me the opportunity to be and to have anything we wanted as long as we showed the interest and desire to pursue it. (sports, music, cars, boats, jobs, colleges, etc).
He never stopped trying to keep our home(s) in tip-top shape...while never really spending any time enjoying them. At the time I could never figure out why he spent all that time cleaning, fixing, polishing...
But as the years go by, and I strive to become the Dad he was (which seems impossible)... I understand completely...
He was only doing what needed to be done so we would have the opportunity to enjoy our childhood and have a great life.
His work ethic was unparalleled and he conducted his life honorably.
He lived under the Rotarians gold standard of ethics...'The Four Way Test'.
He was always truthful and honest.
He treated others fairly.
He was friendly to all.
His deeds were always beneficial to all concerned.
I can only hope and pray to be half the Man and Father my Dad was...
I truly believe that God broke the mold when he sent my Father to this world.
Now, he’s back in God’s house.
I wasn’t ready for him to leave and I miss him more than I can ever put down in words. But apparently God needed help, and he chose my Father.
My Dad is not only my inspiration but will be my guiding light for the rest of my life.
- Timothy R. Tonachio
“The Boy”….son of Anthony M. Tonachio