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June 24, 2011
So moved what you wrote Timmy, Carrie and Carolyn. Loved too that you placed the pictures on site. I was in NY last week and the "cousins" had wonderful things to say about your father. "He was always cordial and interested in the family"... They were all sorry that he died so young and send condolences. As I was flying in over the everglades I though of him and how he loved to fish the waters of the bays and ocean. He loved a lot and was always interested in new things. Love to you all Rosemary Sabino, of the cousins.
June 23, 2011
To The Tonachio Family,

Tony = "1 in a Million"
He will be missed. But never forgotten.

Love & Sympathy,
The Reinberg Family
Sally, Robert & Deborah
June 19, 2011
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.
Why?
Because he was driven.
He had a drive inside to become a better person and to make something of himself.
Why else?
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
June 19, 2011
Well Dad it's Father's Day and it feels so strange not to be calling you or buying or making a card. Many happy memories come flooding back on Father's Day. We are left with memories now. Your love, wisdom, guidance is what made me what I am today and I so treasure the values you taught me. The other day a friend wrote to me and she said that after looking at pictures of you she said we have the same smile! Remember people always said I looked like you? I loved that! Well, just wanted to let you know how much I love you and appreciate you especially on Father's day. Give Nana and Pop Pop a kiss from me oh and tell them the "Irishman" says hello!
June 18, 2011
A great man has died and the light he has left behind will lie on the paths of all people.
I am a better person today for having the privilege of knowing Tony Tonachio. He opened my eyes and taught me many great things, but the most important thing I learned from Tony was to always be persistent. When Tony was the director of Kingston parks and recreation he had a vision for the city park & recreation system that some did not share with him. Local politicians told him it could not be done and teenage vandals cut down, broke, and destroyed the work he created. But Tony always defiant of people’s ignorance applied for grants and repaired the damage to create what has become the grand jewel of Kingston Tennessee, the Fort South West Fort reconstruction project and walk way along the waterfront system. This is just one of hundreds of great accomplishments conducted in Tony’s lifetime. Fortunately, I was a first hand witness to this one small chapter in Tony’s life, and I can only pray that his example will continue to influence the way I continue to live my life today.
You will be missed,
June 17, 2011
Mr. Tonachio, your father was an extraordinary man and I'm honored to have met him. Im so sorry for your loss and he will be in my prayers always and the prayers of my family.

Luke
June 15, 2011
Tim, Carolyn and family
Our deepest sympathies to your family. I sincerely enjoyed meeting Tony, fishing with him and at his house in Marco. He led a very interesting life and was quite a character. You are in my thoughts and prayers. If you need anything at all, don't hesitate to call. Love, Margaret, Laura and Brandon
June 15, 2011
Dear Carrie,
my heart goes out to you and your family in the loss of your Dad. May all the wonderful moments you spent with him stay in your heart forever and bring you peace. With my deepest sympathy and lots of love, Gretchen
June 14, 2011
Carrie, Timothy and Leslie, please accept my deepest sympathies at the loss of your dad, my cousin Tony. When we were kids, we used to gather every Sunday at Molly and Matthew's house on Central Avenue and Matthew would make homemade pizza! I have a home movie somewhere of all us cousins doing a "Conga" line on the front lawn of their house, which was across the street from St. Martin of Tours R.C. Church in Bethpage, NY. I always looked up to Tony and Bobby because they were "teenagers!" A seven year difference is a lot when you are 9 and your cousin is 16, but not so much of a difference now that we got older! Thanks for the photo album - it brought back a lot of memories! I can't get over how much Tony looked like my father, Lou Sisia, and also like cousin Frankie Filice! Yet in some of those pictures, I thought he looked like Perry Como, too! (if you even know who that is!) You guys don't really know me - the last time I saw you, you were kids! I do enjoy the pictures you post on Facebook. I wish my kids and grandkids could better know the cousins on my side of the family!
Lots of love,
Cousin Carolyn (Sisia) Barbieri
June 13, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with Tony's family. Tony hired me in 1992 in Kingston, Tennessee when he was the Parks and Recreation Director. He accomplished so much for our municipality and I enjoyed working for him. My husband enjoyed many years of friendship with Tony in the Harriman Rotary Club. He was remembered there recently at a meeting for his many years of service. May he rest in eternal peace. Jo Ann & Frank Knies, Kingston, Tennessee

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