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July 18, 1960-May 3, 2012
Resident of San Jose
A Retired Sergeant Anthony Col#243;n of the San Jose Police Department went to rest with the Lord early Thursday morning. He was the son of Mary and Antonio (deceased) Col#243;n of New York and dedicated brother to Gina Col#243;n of New York. Anthony was a respected member of the San Jose Police Department for 26 years. Before serving his local community, Anthony served his country as a member of the Air Force. After graduating from the Citadel, Anthony moved to San Jose and accepted a position with the police department. Shortly after beginning his work on the force, he met his wife, Susan. The two married in 1987 and have two beautiful children, Dominick and Alexandra. Throughout his career he was assigned to various units: Violent Crimes Enforcement Team (VCET), Internal Affairs (IA), Narcotic Enforcement Team (NET), and Airport Security. Though he received numerous professional awards while serving with the San Jose Police Department, they did not compare to the extraordinary friendships he made while on the force. Treasured childhood friends include Vinny Keogh, Danny Gorman, and Chris Cole. For those who knew Anthony, the big voice and the distinct New York accent will not be forgotten. The presence of this wonderful man could make a child rest quietly or tame a lion. He lived a life of service and loved protecting those who otherwise would not have had a voice. Anthony is survived by his wife, Susan, and children, Dominick and Alexandra, his mother, Mary, sister, Gina, niece Kimberly, many beloved cousins, father and mother-in-law, Richard and Olive DeFrancisci, brothers-in-law Tom, Robert and Richard DeFrancisci and their families, and sister-in-law Donna Grover. Visitation on Monday May 7, 2012 at Darling Fischer Chapel of the Hills, 615 N. Santa Cruz Ave. at 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm. Funeral Mass at Holy Spirit Church on Tuesday May 8, 2012 at 9:30 am; 1200 Redmond Ave. San Jose CA.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on May 6, 2012