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Anthony M. CECERE

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CECERE, Anthony M.
Anthony M. Cecere, beloved husband of Deolinda Cecere, passed away peacefully Saturday, (September 28, 2013), with his family by his side. He was born in Hartford, the son of the late John and Teresa (Rioles) Cecere. He was the first in his family to attend college, graduating from the University of Connecticut and attending graduate school at Trinity College. He served with the United States Army during World War II as a Sergeant in the Pacific Theater, participating in the New Guinea campaign, as well as in the Philippines, in the Battle of Luzon. He married the love of his life, Deolinda, and lived in Wethersfield most of his life. He was a long time employee of the State of Connecticut, working his entire career as an administrator in the Labor Department. He was a talented musician and, in his spare time, played the drums in a band at weddings and other occasions. He enjoyed golfing with his son in his earlier years, and their monthly dinners at Wethersfield Country Club in his later years. He spent precious time with his daughter, who kept him company at all of his appointments, and always invited him to her Sunday dinners. He was a devoted family man, and he and Deolinda enjoyed a long retirement together. He cherished living in their home, until the time of his death, with their best friend and devoted caregiver of 10 years, Angie Smith. Besides his loving wife of 52 years, he is survived by a son, John and his wife Robin Cecere of Glastonbury, a daughter, Teresa and her husband Michael Copeck of South Glastonbury, a step-son Ronald and his wife JoAnn Lopes of South Windsor, and four loving grandchildren, Bobby and Danny Cecere and Christopher and Timmy Copeck. He was predeceased by his brother and his five sisters.
There are no calling hours. Funeral services and burial, with military honors, in Cedar Hill Cemetery are private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army Hartford Citadel Soup Kitchen, 225 Washington Street, Hartford, CT 06106. The D'Esopo Funeral Chapel of Wethersfield is assisting the family with arrangements. For on-line expressions of sympathy, please visit

Published in The Hartford Courant on Oct. 1, 2013
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