Anthony R. Centorani
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LaGrangeville, N.Y. - Anthony "Tony" Centorani of LaGrangeville, formerly of Wappingers Falls, faded away like a true Marine on Wednesday, January 14, 2014 at his home. He was 89.
Anthony was the son of the late Fillipo and Carmella Verzella Centorani. He was born on January 8, 1925 in Stoneco(N.Y. Trap Rock Company village, Poughkeepsie. He leaves behind his companion Helen Schimpf of LaGrangeville.
On August 20, 1942 he married Amy Booth who predeceased him in 1992 after 50 years of marriage.
During WWII, Anthony entered the U.S. Marine Corps as an Aviation mechanic assigned to the VMF (N)-532 Squadron >Night Fighters" (F4U-2), 3rd Marine Air Wing. He received Marine Corps markmanship Badges in Handgernade, Expert small caliber, Expert Bayonet, and Sharp shooter Machine gun. He participated in the battles of Tarawa, Kwajalein (Roi-Numar), Saipan, and Tinian of the central area of Operations Pacific Theater. His assignment as a Marine Corps Combat Aircrew was to advance from the beach head with the Combat Marines and take the airfield, then get it ready for their Corsairs to land, repair, and get them back in the air for ground support for the other Combat Marines?Army taking the rest of the island. On the island of Tinian, he was assigned to guard the Enola Gay and Bockscar as well as the two atomic bombs.
After Anthony's Night Fighter Squadron was sent to Fort Worth, Texas to receive their new F7F-1N Tigercats, he joined the all Marine Corp Boxing team as a Bantamweight. He entered the Texas Golden Gloves Tournment and went on to become the 1945 Champion comprting in the Chicago National Championship,
After the war he returned to Wappingers Falls and became a 65 year member of the Carpenter's Union Local 279 working mainly fro Vassar Construction and Idema Contracting. Anthony and his wife Amy also owned A&A Sunoco Gas station in New Hackensack for many years. After his retirement he served as a court officer in the Village of Wappingers Falls for over 20 years rising to the rank of Lieutenant.
Anthony had numerous hobbies and skills most of which centered on engines, He obtained his private pilot"s license in 1946 which he stayed active with until his mid 80's. Anthony also built and raced his own stock cars at the dirt tracks of Arlington, Rhinebeck, and Middletown under the alias of Chuck Anthony #6A. in 2013 he was inducted into the Sports Museum of Dutchess County Inaugural class for stock car recing. He was a life member of S.W.Johnson Eng. Co., charter member of the Dutchess Divers and Wappinger Pop Warner Football, life member of Whortekill Rod & Gun Club (Range Officer), CMVCA Antique Engines at the D.C. Fairgrounds, Dutchess Pilot's Association, American Legion Post 427 and Carmen Ramputti Marine Corps League Detachment 861, Poughkeepsie Elks Club, Union Vale Seniors, Village of Wappingers Falls Historical Society, and the original Beacon Bears Football team.
Besides his companion Helen, he leaves behind a son Robert (Leslie) Centorani of Hughsonville, N.Y., a daughter Dolores Straley who resides with him in LaGrangeville, N.Y., a son David who resides in Kerhonkson, N.Y., a brother John (Frances) Centorani of Ocala, Fla., Grandchildren, Anthony (Gaye), Nicholas (Rebecca), Brenda (Leah), Lisa (Joe), Sherry (John). Darcy (Al). Kim, Deana and Alex, Great Grandchildren, Bailey, Julia, Hannah, Morgan, Krystianna, Thomas, Aaron, Samantha, Alexis, P.J., Steven, and Joe, Great Great Grandchild Zoe.
Besides his wife Amy, he was predeceased by his son Joseph Centorani in 1983, sisters, Anna Lucato, Mary Amoia, a brother and fellow Marine Louis Centorani, and a son-in-law Kenneth Straley.
The family would like to thank Dr. Mehta and his staff at the Veterans Administration for their compassion and thoughtfulness.
There will be no calling hours.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Saturday at 10:00 AM at St. Marys Church, Clinton St., Wappingers Falls. Burial New Hackensack Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Anthony's name to American Legion Post 427, 7 Spring St., Wappingers Falls, N.Y. 12590.
Arrangements in charge of the Delehanty Funeral Home, Wappingers Falls.
To send a condolence or for directions, visit www.delehantyfuneral.com
Delehanty Funeral Home
64 E Main St Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Jan. 16 to Jan. 18, 2014