Catalano, Anthony J.
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Anthony J. "Tony" Catalano, 89, a lifelong resident of Greenwich, CT, passed away on April 20, 2014 at Greenwich Hospital, with his wife Grace by his side. The son of Joseph and Flavia Catalano, he was born on August 26, 1924, in United Hospital, Port Chester, NY. Tony graduated from Greenwich High School in January 1943 and entered the service in March 1943. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a Gunnery Instructor for B-25, B-26, B-17 and B-24 airplanes. He was Honorably Discharged in 1946 and went to NY Technical School to learn heating and air conditioning. Tony then went to work with his father in the coal and fuel business, eventually establishing the family business J. Catalano and Sons, Inc. with his father and brothers. In 1962, Tony became Chief of the East Port Chester Fire Department. He was a Past President of the Byram Rotary Club with 52 years of perfect attendance, and a recipient of the Rotary Club's Paul Harris Award. Tony was a Past President of the Former Fire Chiefs and a member of the Greenwich Red Men, the Orinoco Council 39 Knights of Columbus, the Ninth District Vets and the Greenwich Yacht Club. Tony was also an usher at Sacred Heart Church in Byram for many years. He loved trips to Cape Cod, enjoying his time there with his children and grandchildren. Tony loved his garden, golfing and also enjoyed watching the NY Giants and the NY Yankees. His work ethic, volunteer efforts and love of family will be remembered by all who knew him. Tony is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Grace (Tropiano) Catalano, son Joseph (Susan), daughters Donna Stempien and Toni Jean (Bruno) Minichino, all of Greenwich, grandchildren Jessica Catalano, Alyssa (Brian) Ferenz, Krista (Michael) Pietrafeso, Tara (Robert) Harvey, Lindsay Minichino, A. J. Minichino, Michael Stempien, Sarah Stempien and great- grandchildren Ella Pietrafeso, R.C. Harvey and Levi Ferenz. Tony is also survived by his brother Philip (Judy) Catalano and sisters Ann D'Agostino and Martha Hoffman and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Tony is predeceased by his brother Dominic Catalano and niece Flori Ann D'Agostino.
The family would like to thank Tony's niece Marcie Husband for all her love, care and devotion to her uncle during his illness.
Visitation will be on Tuesday April 22, 2014 from 4-8PM at Castiglione Funeral Home, 134 Hamilton Ave, Greenwich, CT. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at Sacred Heart Church in Byram at 10:00AM, Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in Rye Brook, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sacred Heart Church building fund or
Castiglione Funeral Home
134 Hamilton Avenue Greenwich, CT 06830
Published in GreenwichTime on Apr. 22, 2014