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Anthony J. DiBenedetto

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DiBenedetto, Anthony J. SELKIRK Anthony "Tony" J. DiBenedetto of Selkirk, passed away on July 26, 2014 at Teresian House Nursing Home in Albany. He was 87. He was a family man in every sense of the term. Married to Catherine T. Bosch DiBenedetto for 61 years, they have six children, 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He loved being surrounded by his family, laughing, eating, telling stories, teaching, and coaching. He had an insatiable curiosity for learning and his legacy is passing that on throughout his family. Tony was a professional health educator, an advocate both professionally and personally for healthy choices and lifestyles. He believed strongly in taking personal responsibility for healthy behaviors and the value of preventive healthcare. He loved being outside, gardening and landscaping. He also loved the game of soccer. He was an All-American in college and played, coached, officiated and followed it throughout his life. He was a devout Roman Catholic, believed in both the teachings of the church and the value that a Christian way of life offers. Tony was born May 4, 1927, in the Bronx to Bianca and Pasquale DiBenedetto. He graduated from Cortland State Teachers College in 1949. He taught physical education in Pine Island public schools, where he met his wife, Catherine. He earned his master's degree from New York University, where he also worked toward his doctorate. Tony moved from teaching to school district administration as the health physical education and recreation director for the Levittown public schools. After 17 years there, he moved his family to the Albany area and took the role of New York State Education Department bureau chief for health and drug education, where he worked until his retirement in 1986. He was fortunate to enjoy 28 years of retirement. Donations in his honor may be made to Teresian House, 200 Washington Ave. Ext., Albany, NY 12203, or the Sister Maureen Joyce Center, 369 Livingston Ave., Albany, NY 12206.

Published in Albany Times Union from Aug. 3 to Aug. 4, 2014
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