On November 25th, 1989, Anthony Joseph Elacqua was born. His parents, Anthony and Julia (Testa) Elacqua had already been blessed with three beautiful daughters. Anthony immediately changed their world. It was a boy! A spirited boy with a rough and tumble nature who broke into the world with contrast and delight, changing the face of their family forever. Tyke, as he was named by his silly uncles, brought with him a whole new set of stories, a whole new set of smiles, and a whole new world of promise. Anthony grew with his sisters Francesca, Sara, and Christina in a home that was centered on family values. Together, they enjoyed large extended families on both the Testa and Elacqua sides. The love and sense of family life initiated in these early years became the very fiber of Anthonys character and always remained at the center of his life. Central to his character was his profound sense of generosity. Whenever a grandparent, great aunt or great uncle, uncle or aunt, cousin or friend needed a helping hand, Anthony was ready without hesitation. His deceased grandparents, Joseph and Flora Elacqua, and Albino Testa consistently witnessed the development of this trait in his boyhood. His grandmother Marie Testa, along with a host of great uncles and aunts (especially Uncle Tony Elacqua and Aunt Amelia Guido), saw this trait in its fruition as Anthony, a young adult now, could be counted on to handle any task, large or small. It was the same for his uncles and aunts, though flavored a little more boldly. In particular, his Godfather Uncle David, counted on Anthony in the same way his father did, as the premier right hand man in whatever job they might be undertaking together. They had fun and sometimes actually finished their work. Everyone relied on Anthony, not only for his work, but also for his beaming smile, his constant respect, and his good natured presence. His aunts and uncles, Freddy Testa, Regina Conboy, Brian and Maria Harple, Peter, Karen, Joseph, Val, Vincent, Lois, David and Annie Elacqua regard him as a loving nephew and will always hold him in that way. The world of his cousins was a world unto itself. Surrounded in a special way by the boys closest in age, Christopher Mazzei and Ben Conboy, Anthony shared a special bond with each of his cousins. He was a central and binding force among the group of older cousins Joseph, Beth, Sophia and Jake Elacqua, Marissa Mazzei, and Giulia Conboy. His younger cousins looked up to him because he made time for them in special ways. For Katherine, Matthew, Michael, David, and Nicholas Elacqua, Congetta and Richard Harple, Anthony was a role model who demonstrated the importance of family relationships. Anthony loved School - Not. But he did it. He received his primary education in Utica Public schools and graduated high school at Notre Dame. He earned a bachelors degree in business from SUNY IT, having also attended Morrisville Community College. With school completed, he initially worked at Faxton St. Lukes Health Care Department of Radiology, a job to which he later returned. For a time he also worked at Craska Trucking. This job was special to him because of the relationships that he formed with the Craska family, in particular with Alex. Anthony also shared important relationships with Richie Jones, Mike and Steve Cesare, Pat Cerminaro and many others. Anthonys presence will especially be missed this summer when his sister Francesca and Nicholas Pardi are married. Like many people his age, Anthony struggled with the angst of coming to terms with himself and his place in the world. Choices werent always easy for him, and finding his way was sometimes painful. In addition to depending on his immediate family, Anthony knew he could rely on his uncles David and Vinny in a special way, a relationship for which his uncles are truly grateful. Anthonys whole family hopes that the memory of Anthony will not be merely reduced to the period of difficulty that led to his death because the ultimate meaning of his entire life was so much more than even he came to understand. His commitment to family, his care for the elderly, his love for children, his faithfulness to God, his dedicated sense of friendship, his genuine good nature, and his generous smile form the essence of who he really was. With Gods grace, these memories will allow us to always behold him and treasure the beauty of his life. The life of Anthony Joseph Elacqua will be celebrated on Saturday, April 27th at 9:00 a.m. in the parish community of St. Mary of Mt. Carmel/Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome to attend. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Matt Funeral Home. While there will be no receiving line, the family acknowledges with great appreciation the tremendous love and support of both the parish and local community. We are especially grateful to so many good friends who have offered us support during these difficult days. While no public calling hours will be held, those who wish to remember Anthony are invited to make donations to a charity of their own choice. We ask that you keep Anthony in your prayer. As we work through the difficulty of Anthonys death, we will keep you in our prayer, deeply grateful for your presence and love. MattFuneralHome.com
**Please note that the celebration of Anthonys life will be held at 9:00 a.m.