Anthony SCRIVERI(1925 - 2013)


Anthony Scriveri, 88, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, passed away following a long illness on Sunday, August 18, 2013 at Broward Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Tony was born June 13, 1925 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Vincent and Mary (Andriacco) Scriveri. Raised in Cincinnati's Little Italy in South Fairmount, he attended San Antonio Church and St. Bonaventure School. As a young boy, his after-school job was delivering blocks of ice in a wagon to South Fairmount's housewives, which earned him the nickname "Ice". Tony graduated at age 16 from the former Cincinnati Mechanical High School in 1942. When the U.S. entered WW II, he badly wanted to join the Navy, but needed his parents' permission since he was only seventeen. After his repeated requests they finally conceded, and Tony rushed to downtown Cincinnati's Fountain Square - signed papers in hand - to enlist on a live radio program. Between 1942 and 1946, he served in the European, African-Middle East, and Pacific-Asian Theatres of the war, and was present at the Allied Invasion of Italy in September 1943. Days before his 19th birthday, Tony participated in the Invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, which became known as D-Day. Although he rarely spoke of that day, he did attend the 40th and 50th Normandy anniversaries in France. Following WWII, Tony served in the U.S. Merchant Marine and was a member of the Seafarers International Union of North America. In 1948 he moved to a young and growing Ft. Lauderdale, where he joined the Ft. Lauderdale Fire Department and served until his retirement in 1975. Friends with the Firefighter Retirees' Association state that in that time Tony's name became synonymous with the Ft. Lauderdale Fire Department. In addition to the Retirees' Association, he was also a member of the IAFF, Local 765 and the Ft. Lauderdale Professional Firefighters Benevolent Association. Like many firemen at that time, Tony held additional part-time jobs, including painting, landscaping, and delivering custom-made Christmas trees. As a young man, he worked as a cabana boy at the classic Ocean Manor Hotel on Ft. Lauderdale Beach. In his retirement he worked as a caretaker and chauffeur. Tony was preceded in death by his parents, brother Frank Scriveri, and sisters Marian Risch, JoAnn Schoepf, and Rosalia Scriveri. He is survived by sisters Lucy Scriveri and Pauline Miller, both of Cincinnati, as well as many loving cousins, nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews. Although he had no children of his own, Tony served as a surrogate father and grandfather to many. Just as his home was always open, even more so was his heart. Tony treasured his long friendships with fellow firefighters Bill Payton, Walt Courtney, and Bill Catchpole. Tony, with Bill Payton, may be among the Miami Dolphins' longest season ticketholders. From the very first Dolphins game in 1966 until three years ago, Tony and Bill had season tickets and attended every game. Tony also enjoyed musical theater and opera, particularly the works of Puccini and Verdi. Family and friends will gather on Sunday, September 1, 2013, at San Antonio Chapel, Queen City Avenue at White Street, Cincinnati, OH, 45214. Following Mass at 9:00 AM, a reception will be held on the church's lower level. Interment of ashes will take place at sea as well as in the South Florida Veterans Association National Cemetery, 6501 South State Road 7, Lake Worth, FL, 33449, on November 11, 2013 at 9:00 AM. Gifts in memory of Tony may be directed to the Ft. Lauderdale Firefighters Benevolent Association, 309 ½ S.W. 26th Street, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 33315. Family may be reached at

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Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Aug. 29, 2013