Mr. Lopiccolo was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1927, the 6th of 7 children; Anthony (Tony) had a long and rewarding life. After a wartime enlistment in the United States Marine Corps
, he embarked on a career with the aviation industry that began in its reciprocal engine era and continued as it evolved into today's modern jet age. He had a long association with the United States Navy
's aviation program first as a technical representative for Curtiss-Wright Corporation and later as a dedicated government employee. After his first assignment in Pensacola in 1956 his duties took him around the world including stints in Italy, Vietnam, and to various locations in the US. But he always kept a special connection to the Pensacola area Naval Aviation Program and to the Pensacola community. In other words no matter where he happened to be, Pensacola was his home, and he stayed here permanently in retirement.
Tony was a star athlete who played football and semi-pro baseball in his youth and later became a proficient and avid golfer. Throughout his life he found joy in fishing. He passed his love of sports on to his sons who have enjoyed many of the same interests.
Tony loved and was inspired by nature and the local ecosystem which is reflected in his art. He also found immense pleasure in frequently going for drives with wife Janet along the Santa Rosa Island beach roads to Fort Pickens or Navarre to view the scenery, to spot osprey nests, or to check out the fishing holes.
Most of all Tony was a proud, loving, and generous man whose life revolved around his family, including his grandchildren. Husband, father, and grandfather were the roles he cherished most. Some of his favorite things were the frequent family gatherings at his home to eat local seafood that he personally fried up. With Tony involved, of course, there was always much spirited conversation.
Tony died peacefully on Sunday January 20, 2013, a beautiful sunny Pensacola afternoon with his family beside him. He will be missed.
Tony is survived by his wife, Janet; son, Raymond of Germantown, MD, son, Richard (Tawn) of Pensacola, FL; granddaughter, Elizabeth of NY, granddaughter Katie and grandson Micah of Pensacola; sisters, Annie and Eleanor of New York and sister Angela of California.
A Graveside Service will be 11:00am Friday, January 25, 2013 at Barrancas National Cemetery with Fr. Eugene Pathe officiating.
In lieu of flowers please donate to cancer research charities and/or Covenant Hospice, 5041 N. 12th Ave., Pensacola, FL 32504.
The family would like to express special thanks to the dedicated and kind nurses from Covenant Hospice for their assistance during this difficult time, also Doctors German Herrera and Raul Ramos and their staffs for their care.
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