TONACHIO - Anthony Matthew passed at the age of 77. Tony was currently living in Naples, FL, but formerly was from Bethpage, Farmingdale, Hauppauge and West Islip, NY. Beloved Father of Carrie Walsh, Timothy Tonachio and Leslie Lennon. Loving Grandfather to Kiera, Kyle and Kelsie Walsh, Marissa Tonachio, Blake Narramore, Liam, Logan and Luke Lennon. Brother of Robert James Tonachio of Kingston, TN. His former wife is Joanne Schwartzman Tonachio Donohue of Long Island, NY. Tony graduated from Farmingdale HS in 1951, The Long Island Agricultural Institute in 1953 and SUNY Cortland Teacher College in New York State in 1957 where he was Team Captain and a 4-Star letterman in baseball. He became a PE and Health Teacher and then Director of PE for the Farmingdale SD before retiring in 1988. He was also the Director of The Farmingdale Youth Council for many years. Tony built and operated Driftwood Summer Day Camp for many years before buyingand operating Camp Bauman in Merrick, NY. Tony then moved to Tennessee and served as the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Kingston and also owned and operated a Travel Agency before moving to FL. He became President of the Farmingdale Rotary Club in 1978 and received the Paul Harris Fellow Award in 1988. He was an avid fisherman and loved boating with his family during the time he lived on Long Island, NY. He loved traveling.
Published in Newsday on June 5, 2011