COLRAIN - Anthony ""Tony"" J. Kasky, 94, of East Colrain Road, Colrain, Ma., died Wednesday 10/02/13 at the Soldier's Home in Holyoke, MA.
He was born in Greenfield on February 26, 1919, the son of Joseph F. and Anastasia ""Adella"" (Ramonaitis) Kaskievich. He attended Greenfield Schools.
Tony was a United States Army
Veteran who served during WWII
. He was an infantryman in the 10th Mountain Division along with his younger brother William. Tony's last name was originally Kaskievich. He and his brother were nicknamed the ""Kasky Brothers"" in the Army because as Tony put it, ""Nobody could spell or pronounce the name Kaskievich correctly."" After WWII, both brothers decided to legally shorten the name to Kasky.
Tony served first in the Aleutian Islands in the Pacific and then in Italy. The 10th Mountain Division fought its way up the peninsula of Italy. Tony fought throughout the Po Valley and was in the battles of Riva Ridge and Napa Valley. He was awarded the Bronze Star
for his service in the Pacific and two Bronze Stars for his service in the European Theater.
After the war, Tony married his wife, the former Florence ""Beverly"" Bevis. She predeceased him on December 21, 2003 after 54 years of marriage.
Tony loved to ski and became a competitive ski jumper. He competed in tournaments throughout the Northeast and won many trophies. He continued downhill skiing until well into his 80s, often going to Berkshire East for an afternoon with his grandnephew Adam Graves.
Tony was employed for many years as a tool grinder at the Greenfield Tap & Die. He loved carpentry projects and built a house in Greenfield and a ski chalet in Vermont. Tony purchased a farm in Colrain because his wife loved horses. It was then that Tony embarked upon a second career as a ""Gentleman Farmer"" and started boarding horses. He used his building skills and transformed a former dairy farm into a riding stable.
Tony was an interesting and talented man. His lifelong hobby was landscape painting. He worked mainly in oils, but experimented with other mediums in later years. He was a lifelong communicant of Holy Trinity Parish in Greenfield and was faithfully at Mass every Sunday. He was a gentle soul who put Faith and Family first. Tony was always ready to loan out a tool or help someone with a project.
Tony leaves his sister, Antoinette Rice of Northampton, his niece, Patricia Graves and her husband David of Greenfield, a sister in-law, Sheila Kasky of Colrain and several grandnieces and grandnephews. A sister and two brothers predeceased him.
A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday 10/8/13 at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church, 133 Main Street, Greenfield. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
There will be no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Church, 133 Main Street, Greenfield, MA 01301 or to the Soldier's Home in Holyoke, 110 Cherry St., Holyoke, MA 01040
Arrangements are under the direction of the Kostanski Funeral Home. Sympathy message available at www.kostanskifuneralhome.com.