Anthony Fonsh, 90, formerly of Wompag Road, Westerly, R.I., died peacefully on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 at Cozy Corner Nursing Home in Sunderland, Mass. He was the beloved husband of the late Alma L. (Macantognini) Fonsh, his wife of 56 years.
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Born in Mansfield, Conn., on July 28, 1922, he was the son of the late Joseph and Pauline (Wolff) Fonsh.
Mr. Fonsh worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Storrs, Conn., for over 31 years before retiring as Assistant Post Master. After retirement from the Post Office, Anthony worked for 10 years at the University of Connecticut. He was an avid UConn sports fan, rooting particularly for his beloved UConn basketball teams, both men and women, and the Huskies football team. One of his most cherished and most oft-worn pieces of clothing was his New York Jets leather jacket.
An avid crossword puzzle fan, he enjoyed putting puzzles together with his young grandchildren. A very occasional scratch ticket winner, he looked forward to trying his luck both with the lottery and at the local casino.
A gifted carpenter and all-around handyman, he built the family's first home with his own hands, from foundation to roof. His skills as a talented and consummate handyman won him many close friends throughout the Storrs area before moving to Westerly. A man very much of his generation, he taught his children through his example the virtues of hard work, perseverance, and patience.
Anthony served his country proudly in Europe as a member of the United States Army during World War II. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1724 in Willimantic, Conn.
He will be sadly missed by his two children, Leslie Fonsh of Westerly, and her partner, Vincent Nigrelli, and Clifford "Kip" Fonsh of Leverett, Mass., and his wife, Judi. He also leaves his sisters, Elizabeth Albee of Brooklyn, Conn., and Emelia Knapp of Coventry, Conn. He was the loving grandfather of Christopher Ryan of San Diego, Calif.; Marya Fonsh-Mielinski and her husband, David Mielinski of Leominster, Mass.; and Nicole Fonsh of Cambridge, Mass.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Clare Church, 62 Crandall Ave., Westerly. Burial with full military honors will follow in River Bend Cemetery. Calling hours are Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home, 121 Main St., Westerly, R.I.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Inmate Benefit Fund at the Hampshire County Jail, 205 Rocky Hill Road, Northampton, MA 01060, or to The MGH Fund, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, P.O. Box 5524, Boston, MA 02205-8098.
Published in The Westerly Sun on Dec. 29, 2012