Anthony David Orsini
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AGE: 89 • Brick
Anthony David Orsini, 89, passed away on New Year's Eve 2012. He was the first born to William and Caroline Orsini in "down neck" Newark on Jan. 25, 1923. Tony lived a wonderful life and until the end he had a big smile for everyone. Tony was a deeply religious man, whom when very young wanted to be a priest. In later years, he was drafted by professional football, but chose to marry and raise a family. Tony spent many years living in Roselle Park and then moved to Brick. Tony attended West Side High School in Newark and was named to the All-State Football Team. He decided to go to the University of Alabama to play football, but was deterred by the war. He joined the Army Air Force Signal Corps and his unit helped install VHF ground control systems. He served in the South Pacific, Philippines, and Japan during WWII. Upon returning from the war, he went to the University of Scranton, where he played running back known as "Hipless Tony" and was later inducted to the Football Wall of Fame. He earned a Masters Degree at Seton Hall University and started his teaching career. Early in his teaching career, he was a Math and Science teacher at Kawameeh Junior HS and Union HS, where he coached football. Tony then went on to take the first coaching job at Piscataway HS for 11 years. After retiring from coaching, Tony became an NJSIAA Referee, still enjoying the sport of football. He went into administration and was a guidance counselor and vice principal at Piscataway and retired at the ripe old age of 70.
Tony was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy; son, David; brother Richard; and son-in-law, Dr. John DePalma. He is survived by his children, Carol and Thomas Brownridge, Diane DePalma, and Robert and Cyndi Orsini; his grandchildren, Dr. John DePalma and his wife, Jeannette, Dr. Anthony DePalma and his wife, Tanya, Dr. Laura DePalma and her husband, Zack, Vincent DePalma, Donald Todd Johnson, and Tara Krobatsch. In addition, he is survived by 10 and one half grandchildren; his brothers, Michael and William; and many nieces and nephews, and his extended family in Dallas, TX.
Tony touched many lives and was loved by many. He will be missed by all who knew him. More importantly, Tony was an angel; God just gave him his wings to fly.
Visitation for Tony will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 at Silverton Memorial Funeral Home, 2482 Church Road, Toms River. Mass of a Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 at St. Luke's R.C. Church. Please arrive at the funeral home at 8:30 a.m. Entombment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Jersey Shore University Medical Center Stroke Center, 1345 Campus Parkway, Suite A2, Neptune, NJ 07753. www.silvertonmemorial.com
Silverton Memorial Funeral Home
2482 Church Rd. Toms River, NJ 08753
Published in Asbury Park Press on Jan. 3, 2013