Had a dream about you last night Dad....was a happy one! You may even know what it was about :) Miss you and Nana so much.
What a guy! Certainly miss him
I just happened to find this note that your dad had passed. He was my tennis coach at Mill Lane when I was in the 9th grade in 1979. I am almost 49 and I never forgot him. I had more fun on that team with your dad as the coach as I ever had in school. He was amazing. Ben Buchwald
Is it a year? Gosh! Thanks for your time with us, Tony.
Dad....just wanted to let you know that your beloved Joe Pa has gone up to join you. I remember that you loved and admired him so much. You two had so much in common; Brooklyn, Italian, college educated, sports enthusiasts. When I look at Joe I see you sometimes. You two were created from the same mold. Two GREAT men... Love you and miss you. Your loving daughter, Carrie
To all of the family
I probably know your dad as long as anyone. I was his student at F'dale. I worked for him at the pool as a lifeguard at the summer recreation program. When he started Driftwood Day Camp, he hired me as a counselor.
I became a health & PE teacher on L.I. and continued to run into him over the years at all of the conferences. We always saw each other and enjoyed a friendship.
I am retired, live in Bonita Springs FL, and recently got together with some of the "old gang' from F'dale. I asked everyone where Tony was and no one knew he was down here. Imagine my surprise when I found out he was practically my neighbor!! I am so sorry that we didn't get to see each other again in FL.
He was a wonderful person and the one I always remember as a kid.
Love to all of you.
To Tim Tonachio and family,
I would like to take this opportunity to tell you how much your father inspired me as a parks director and a person. Back in 1989 he took a chance on a then nineteen year old and gave me the confidence and lessons that I use to this day. Little did I know that I would be filling his position many years later. I am not sure I would be in the position if it was not for him.
He was a boss, mentor, and leader who affected many others who worked alongside him. I have such great memories of him and think of him often. Now I am surrounded by his ideas, his deeds, and his legacy. It was an honor to know him and now it is a privilege to follow in his footsteps.
Director of Kingston Parks and Recreation
To Tim and family...I am so very sorry to hear about your dad--he was a great man. I have so many fond and fun memories of him. When I think of him and our time in Nigeria, it always brings a smile to my face.
He was a man of true vision.
I forgot about Cortland. I always thought it was a mystery wonderland when Tony talked about it. I did not apply to Cortland, but a near by college, St. Leo. Did go there but dated someone from there. Miss you Tony. Rosemary Sabino
Hi Dad! Visited Cortland yesterday...drove by Brockway Hall where you worked, saw the hospital where I was born, and found the street you and Ma lived on. Thought of you a lot and was imagining the things you would have been saying. The college has really grown, you would love the athletic facilities! Well, miss you and love you...remember don't be talking religion or politics up there! haha Love you, Carrieoca
Papaw Tony, I miss you so much. I wish I could call you about scotland and send you a postcard. I think of you every day. I love you
He fought a good fight, He finished the race, and he has always kept the faith.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD! I remember you taking us to the Irish pub on Marco Island for your 75 birthday! Always willing to please others....and Yes Thomas LOVED the Irish pub! You are simply the best! Love you and miss you tons....going to a wedding now...we are going to toast you for your birthday!
Happy Birthday in Heaven, Tony. Love, Joanne
Happy Birthday in Heaven, Tony. Love, Joanne
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.
To The Tonachio Family,
Tony = "1 in a Million"
He will be missed. But never forgotten.
Love & Sympathy,
The Reinberg Family
Sally, Robert & Deborah
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
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!
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,
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.
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
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
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
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
To All Papa T's family,
May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead. We are so sorry for your loss.
The McDonough Family
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am deeply saddened at your loss.
Carrie and family, please know our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Our deepest sympathy to you and yours. May your dad rest in eternal peace and his memories be forever in your heart.
Our sincere prayers and sympathies to the Tonachio family. May Papa T rest in peace and find eternal life and happiness in heaven. We're sure his memories will be shared amongst all of you and bring smiles to your faces. God Bless.
The Jacobsen Family
My deepest sympathies to Papa T's family and friends. He was a wonderful person with a great spirit. I remember when Kyle and I visited in FL last Thanksgiving--he always made me laugh. I know he will be missed by so many and I hope happy memories will bring you peace. In my thoughts and prayers Love, Meeghan
Dear Tonachio Family, Sorry to hear about the passing of Tony. Always a smile and a laugh at all the family gatherings. Always so full of life. He will be missed. Love to all Mary Pat and all the Gillen family
To Tony's children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews and all the cousins. I add my sorrow to his death. Tony was my mother's sister's son. My memory is how good he was to his mother and her sisters. He came to many of my mother's birthday parties. He loved family. My brother Ted and I were able to be with him in his last days and enjoy his humor about dying and moving on to what was next. One of his legazy is to enjoy life and appreciate beauty.
To a great father-inlaw, who taught me how much can be accomplished by hard work. Whatever you did, you gave 100% and did not stop until the job was complete.In your later years you still had a passion for knowledge. You were a great role model who will be missed but never forgotten. Thank you for being such a great role model. Please say hello to my Mom and Dad,they will be happy to see you.
I love you so much. Thank you for being such an absolutely amazing grandfather. I miss you so much, but I know that you're looking down on all of us and we'll see you again someday. Thank you for inspiring me to live life to the fullest. Looking at things throughout your house with you this past december and hearing you tell me about the places you've been more deeply inspired me to see the world and live life fully. Thank you Papa Tony. I miss you, I love you. Rest in peace.
To the Tonachio Family,
I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Tony. I have alot of fond memories of our association both in the Farmingdale Schools and Farmingdale Youth Council. Tony was a dedicated teacher and coach and it was my good fortune to have known him both as a student and later on as a fellow colleague in the physical education department at FHS. He left a legacy in the Farmingdale Schools and community in his committment to kids both on and off the field.
My heartfelt condolences to Tony T's family. He will be missed.
Coach Don Snyder
I will never forget all the great times and memories that we were able to share. Working at Camp B (best job ever). You were the best man to work with and I couldn't have had a better mentor. Then there were the summer weekends at your house sailing with Tim ( so many great times..........).
Thank you for being a great friend, thanks for so many years of great memories. I still tell the stories of growing up with Tony & Tim.
Your enthusiasm, energy (lots of energy) and smile were always contagious.
You will truly be missed Tony
Marty - Jib Man
Timmy,Leslie,Carrie & familes my heart goes out to you. having recently lost my dad,I know your pain. Uncle Tony thanks for being the best godfather any girl could have. I will always think of you on my birthday because you made time every year to be with me when I was little. Hope you and my dad are boating together in heaven.
Carrie, Tim, Lesley
Holding you all in my heart at this sad time. Your dad's love will always be with you.
Tim,you had a wonderful Dad and it was a honor to know him.
May you rest in the arms of God. I will always love you.
you were a great man and a great grandfather. I had so many great times down in Florida and Tennessee with you. Like Kiera said whenever I see a Marlin I will think of you. I know how much you loved the ocean. I get a lot of my Italian attitude and love for all things Italian from the you, Tony Tonachio.
You were a great man and enriched the life of every person you came into contact with...Thank you for loving everyone the way you did and for the great memories of times spent together. I am glad you are in Heaven so we can meet once again. Love you.
My prayers are with you and your family.
Carrie, Leslie and Timothy, and to your sons and daughters,husbands and wives, and to Tony's God-children, neices and nephews, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins...you were blessed with a teriifc man while he walked this earth, he made a difference in the lives of so many children and families. He triumphantly sits with our Lord now and will be with you always guiding your heart towards sharing in his glory as you walk daily down the path of his making a small difference in the lives of another. God's peace be yours and our prayers for your comfort in the days to come! There will always be a sunrise and a sunset to view with a beam of glory coming from the palm of Tony hand to you! With love, Maggie, Rich and Hunter Bush
Dad.....you were the most amazing wonderful man. Always so energetic and passionate about everything you did. I remember sitting in your Camp Bauman office and listening to you on the phone and thinking what an incredible man you were, such a good listener and efficient at the same time. I was always so proud of you. And what a childhood we had....could not have asked for more.You taught us how to fish, sail, play ball, and gave me the love of travel. You taught us compassion, affection, love and right from wrong. You were absolutely incredible. Who else can say their Dad had 19 houses in 22 years (or whatever the statistic is) and lets not forget about the cars....haha You always kept your mind and body busy. Your love of life was infectious. I will miss you dearly Dad....so honored to be your daughter. I will write again because I think you are reading this...you loved to read....Love Always, Carrie (Carrieoca)
Thank you for being an amazing example of hard work and determination. My mom always lights up when she talks about your perseverance, humor, and love. You always made us laugh! Every time I see a Sail Fish or a Marlin I will smile and think of you. I miss you, and will miss you everyday until I see you again. I love you so much.
Papa T was a wonderful Grandfather and accepted me as his grandson when Tim married my mother. He taught me many things and I will miss him dearly.
My prayers are with your family during time of loss. Tony was a very kind man and it was a great pleasure to have known him. He was an asset to our town.
As an older cousin, you were always so fun and kind. Thank you for being in my life; i will miss you.
Diane Sabino Swaner
To Tony's Family; Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. my thoughts and prayers are with your family during this very difficult time. I was priveleged to have grown up with Tony (Tee as his good friends would call him)in a little town called Bethpage, NY. After high school, our paths never crossed again but the wonderful memories of our growing up years will remain with me always.
Frank Spina, East Norwich, NY
It was an honor to have known Tony as a boy, sharing a love for "the game" and being collegues in the Farmingdale SD. My sincerest condolenses to his family. Greener pastures Tony. Joe Ruggiero, New York, NY
The Tonachio Family -
Tony was a man of many talents and dreams that he made into a reality. Our association and friendship began at Cortland, continued into the Farmingdale Schools, and nurtured in the development of Driftwood Day Camp. He was our friend, partener and confidant. I know how much his family will miss him....
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always. We enjoyed seeing him at our FHS luncheons here in Florida. Tony will sorely be missed. May he rest in Peace.
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
You hold a special place in all our Farmingdale High memories. You carried the sports banner for our school with your athletic ability and for me, your smile and twinkle in your eyes will always be close to my heart. May you always be smiling with the angels. Francie Cole Bednar
RIP Tony - I remember all the times meeting you in the halls of FHS and you always had a smile for everyone. You did great things for the FHS students and for the youth council. Your heart was always with the children. Condolences to your family. Virginia Becker Huebner
Tim and family,
We are sorry for your loss. Tony was an amazing man. He did so much to advance his community and world. We are praying for you daily and ask God to bless you with fond memories and peace during this difficult time.
Tony we will miss you. You will always be a blessing to us.
To you a Brother-In-Law who was onc of a kind, your love and friendship through good and bad times can never be replaced. Our long talks and sharing our families from day one will be remembered always. God blessed us (famiily) all from the day you were born and now you are at His side waiting until we are all together again. Love,
I will always be grateful for all our wonderful years together and our three beautiful children and loving grandchildren. I will miss you always.
I will always be grateful for our wonderful years together and our three beautiful children and loving grandchildren. I will miss you always.
I will always be thankful for the honor of having a father in law with a huge heart and would do anything for anyone. I will always remember you our daily lunch trips to our little bakeries and I will always think of you every time I have a Mocha Frappe. We will love you forever and hold you in our hearts forever. Say hello to my father.
Carolyn and family,
so sorry for your loss , my prayers are with you.
My grandfather was a very loving and caring man. He would do anything to help his family and friends. I will never forget the times we shared together reading the newspaper, eating ice cream and watching tv and movies. Although he has only been gone a week so far, I already can not wait to see him again in Heaven.
I miss you Dad...
You were a great Man and a great Dad.
Your loving son always,
Leslie PLEASE KNOW UR IN MY PRAYERS AND SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS CALL IF YOU NEED ANYTHING