Dr. Anthony Chillura MARTINO

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MARTINO, Dr. Anthony Chillura, passed away peacefully on December 17, 2012. He leaves us with a legacy of generosity and faith, a fun loving nature and a family and friends dear to his heart that miss him profoundly. Tony "Doc" was born on April 17, 1920 to Tomasso Chillura and Anna Mandese Martino, who emigrated from Sicily to Tampa. Tomas worked for his father's feed and wholesale grocery business, P.C. Martino & Company. They lived in Ybor City and raised 7 children. Doc graduated Hillsborough High School and then left to attend Loyola University College of Dentistry, where he received his D.D.S. degree. It was there in New Orleans, Mother's Day, 1943, where he met and fell in love with his beloved wife of 69 years, Corinne DiLeo Martino. They married December 23rd that same year. After graduation, he served in the Army specialized training corps in New Orleans. He began practicing dentistry in New Orleans in February of 1945. He returned to Tampa with his bride in 1948, where he opened his first dental practice in Tampa Heights, and moved to South Tampa where he raised his 5 children. He later moved his practice to Kennedy Blvd, where he partially retired in 1989. He loved dentistry and helping his patients, and was known for singing songs to them to help them relax. He also ran a "Dento-mobile" serving under privileged children throughout Hillsborough County with free dental care, usually assisted by his wife, Corinne. Doc was involved in many professional, civic and political groups, including serving as a Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus, The Lions Club, the Dental Division of the United Fund, the Advisory Committee of the USF Learning Center, The Tampa Chamber of Commerce, and the Kiwanis Club. He also founded the St Patrick's Day Association, bringing the first of many parades to Bayshore Blvd and lively parties to the friends and family who joined the club. He was also instrumental in bringing President Kennedy to Tampa and served on his Memorial Committee. He served as an administrator and trustee for St Joseph's Hospital and on the Tampa Housing Authority for 8 years. He was a 60 year member of the Florida Dental Association, the West Coast Dental Association and was a member and past president of the Tampa Bay Academy of General Dentistry, where he received the lifetime achievement award for over 50 years of dedicated service. He was a life-long parishioner and Usher at Christ the King Catholic Church, and very devout to his faith and his Church. He also supported Jesuit High School and the Academy of the Holy Names. He was predeceased by his parents and his siblings, Peter (Leonora), Joe (Mary), Leonard, Angelo, Sam (Rose) and his sister, Sara Cutrono (Tony). He is survived by his beloved wife, Corinne; and his children, Rosalie Hitchcock (William) of Houston, Joanne Martino, Anthony T. Martino (Dolores), Carolyn Beachler (Michael) and Pattie Goggin (Timothy), of Tampa. He was blessed with 9 loving grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren as well as his sisters-in-law, Grace and Josephine; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. His Pallbearers will be grandsons: Jason H. Barker, John V. Trujillo, Anthony "Nino" Martino; nephews Tom P. Martino, Dr. Sam Martino and Thomas S. Martino; and sons-in-law, Michael Beachler and Timothy Goggin. A Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, December 20, 2012, 10am at Christ the King Catholic Church, 821 S Dale Mabry Hwy in Tampa, followed by a private, family only interment. Donations in Tony's memory can be made to the Christ the King Catholic Church. Sign the online guestbook at www.BlountCurryMacDill.com

Published in TBO.com on Dec. 19, 2012
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