Anthony R. Verrilli (1923 - 2013)


Anthony "Tony" R. Verrilli, 90, died March 29, 2013.

A resident of Maplewood Senior Living in Danbury, Conn., he raised his family in Rye and later lived for a long time in Heritage Hills in Somers, according to Graham Funeral Home, which is handling his funeral arrangements and published his obituary.

He was born March 15, 1923, in Bridgeport, Conn., to parents Anthony Rocco Verrilli and Josephine Morzello Verrilli. He graduated from Harrison High School in 1941 and from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1946, receiving a bachelor's degree in business administration and dairy bacteriology. As a student, he became a member of Delta Sigma Pi: Alpha Beta Chapter and Beta Gamma Sigma. Verrilli also attended Harvard Law School and the University of Michigan Law School.

An honorably discharged veteran, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II in 1944 and 1945.

Longtime area residents will remember the Verrilli family dairy company, Green Meadow Farms, where he worked before and after school and during the summer, delivering milk and eggs while in high school and college.

Verrilli managed various men's retail clothing stores such as Frost Men's Shop, Roger Kent and Wallach's. In 1979, he changed careers and joined Houlihan Parnes as a commercial real estate broker until 1990, when he founded Verrilli Realty.

On July 4, 1953, he married Jeanne Elizabeth Bailey, his life partner of nearly 60 years, at the First Presbyterian Church in Mount Vernon.

He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchild and hobbies that included Super 8 films and videos of family, as well as writing novels, plays and poems.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanne E. Verrilli; two sons, Mark Verrilli and his wife, Candida Miele , of Manassas, Va., and Ronald Verrilli and his wife, Pamela Haub, of St. Louis ; a daughter, Ellen Stevens and her husband, Dacy, of Rye; seven grandchildren, Derek, Mark Nicholas and Ryan Verrilli, Michael Stevens and his wife, Federica Calo, of Basel, Switzerland, Sarah Briggs and her husband, Thomas, of Ann Arbor , Mich., and Brian and Marc Verrilli; and one great-granddaughter, Hailey Marie Verrilli Banther.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Rose and Gloria.

The family will receive friends at a memorial wake from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Graham Funeral Home, 1036 Boston Post Rd., in Rye.

Published in Newsday Westchester on Apr. 11, 2013
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