Anthony Joseph (Tony) Puleo M.D.

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Anthony Joseph Puleo, M.D. (Tony), 77, of Ormond Beach, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, November 3, 2008 after a long illness. Dr. Puleo was born on August 10, 1931 in Norristown, PA. He spent his early years in Norristown, attending Holy Saviour Elementary School and St. Patrick's High School, graduating as Valedictorian, and later graduating with honors and a B.S. Degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Puleo received his Medical Degree from Temple University, graduating at the top of his class, after having been first in class through all four years of medical school. He received every award Temple bestowed, including the Babcock Surgical Award and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. After medical school, Dr. Puleo served in the Army, with his Internship being performed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C. His years in Anesthesia Residency were spent at Cornell University Medical Center, New York, N.Y where he received various Special Chair Awards. He subsequently inaugurated a cardiac program at Lankenau Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, before moving to Ormond Beach in 1962 where he was a practicing Anesthesiologist at Halifax Hospital Medical Center for over 40 years. Aside from Anesthesia, he had an abiding interest in respiratory care, and operated the Respiratory Therapy Lab at Halifax for several years in the 1970's. He was a member of The American Medical Association, The American Society of Anesthesiologists, and the Volusia County Medical Society. Dr. Puleo was an avid golfer and tennis player until his illness. He was a past member of Oceanside Country Club, and Plantation Bay Golf & Country Club. Dr. Puleo enjoyed traveling, and in his travels, whether abroad, or domestically, always made a point of visiting the local hospitals to inquire about their procedures and practices. His life revolved around medicine, his children, his love of sports, his abiding interest in learning, and his great faith in God. He was a member of St. Mary's Parish, and previously a member of St. Brendan's Parish, for many years, where he was a Lay Minister and member of the Parish Council. He was predeceased by his father, Salvatore J. Puleo and his mother, Mary Rosalie Couchara Puleo, and his brother, Joseph S. Puleo, MD. He leaves five loving children, Anthony M., Sheila Kosek (Rick), Vincent J. (Vicki), Theresa Agnew (Drew), and Julia Geivet (Shane). He also leaves nine adoring grandchildren, to whom he was known as "Pops"; Kendall, Nicholas, Courtney, Murphy, Samantha, William, Jackson, Alexis and Tyler. Also surviving are his siblings, Vincent (Elsie), and AgnesFerrara, all of Pennsylvania; as well as many loving nieces and nephews. "Tony" will be missed by all who knew and loved him. A funeral Mass to celebrate the life of Anthony J. Puleo will be held at 11:00 A.M. today (Saturday, November 8, 2008) at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 89 St. Mary's Place, Bunnell, FL. Interment will follow in Volusia Memorial Park, 550 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the 'Mayo Clinic" Myelofibrosis Research Program at 200 1st Street, Rochester, Minnesota 55905 or the "Carmelite Fathers" at 141 Carmelite Drive, Bunnell, FL 32110. Condolences and tributes may be shared with the family at Arrangements are under the care and trust of Volusia Memorial Funeral Home, Ormond Beach.
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal from Nov. 5 to Nov. 8, 2008
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