Anthony T. "Tony" Fiorini
1926-2013Proprietor of Elm Court Greenhouses
DALTON Anthony T. "Tony" Fiorini, 86, of 45 Main Street, died Tuesday afternoon at Craneville Place.
Born in Boston, June 11, 1926, the eldest of the eight children of Leone and Rose Ranauro Fiorini, he attended Pittsfield High School where he excelled in Football, and later was a 1948 graduate from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and was a football standout there.
Mr. Fiorini served during World War 2
in the US Coast Guard and was a member of the Greenland North Shore Patrol.
Following his college graduation he went to work at the Elm Court Estate in Lenox in 1948 and eventually managed the green houses and the floral business, Elm Court Florists, retiring in 1996.
He coached football for the former Lenox School for boys for many years and later Cranwell Preparatory School, and was a Football Referee. After retiring he moved to Dalton and enjoyed working part time at Stop and Shop in Coltsville.
Mr. Fiorini was a communicant and sexton of St. Ann's Church in Lenox. He also was a special officer for the Lenox Police Department and member of the Lenox Police Association. He was active in civic affairs as a former member of the Lenox School Committee and the Lenox Housing Authority.
He and his wife, the former Doris Clark, were married in St. Mary the Morning Star Church in Pittsfield on February 19, 1949 and would have celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary next month.
Besides his wife of Dalton he is survived by his son, Thomas A. Fiorini of Lenox; daughter Ann M. Gurek and husband Robert of Sagamore Beach; granddaughter Victoria Lynn Fiorini of Somerville; his brothers and sisters including Leo Fiorini, Jr. and wife Barbara, Rosemary Evans, Joanne Barker, Rita Tart, Michael Fiorini and wife Leslie, all of Pittsfield; John and Alice Fiorini of Florida, 16 Nieces and Nephews and many great nieces and nephews. He was pre deceased by his sister Theresa Ludwig and brother in law Joseph Barker.
FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral of Mr. Anthony Thomas Fiorini of Dalton who died January 1, 2013, will be Friday at 11:30 a.m. from the ROCHE FUNERAL HOME followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at St. Ann's Church at 12 noon. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Pittsfield. Calling hours will precede the funeral from 9:30 to 11:30.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Care in the Berkshires in care of the Roche Funeral Home, 120 Main Street, Lenox, MA 01240