Anthony "Bucky" Bianco

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Anthony "Bucky"
Anthony Thomas Bianco, Sr., was born in Utica, NY, on July 11, 1940, to Felice and Jeanette (Dardano) Bianco, and passed away on October 28, 2013. Anthony was affectionately known to his family and friends as "Bucky". He is survived by Jolene V. (Johns) Bianco, his loving wife of 52 years; his sons and daughters-in-laws, Anthony T. "A.T." and Jody L. Bianco, and Joseph V. "Casey" and Tammy L. Bianco; and six grandchildren, Alexa, Lyndsay, Anthony, Sammy, Martino and Aiden. Bucky is also survived by his brother and sisters-in-law, John and Robin Bianco and Eugene and Paula Bianco; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ron and Jackie Johns. He was predeceased by sister-in-law, Faye Bianco. Bucky owned A.T. Bianco Nurseries, a landscape contracting and nursery production business. He started his business as a teenager with a lawnmower and a rake and over a period of 50 years built it into an operation servicing New York and neighboring states. Bucky, along with his oldest son, A.T., focused on providing high caliber service with high quality products in the production of ornamental and shade trees. Bucky's prominence in the field was recognized in 2005 when he received the nurserymen of the year award. Bucky's two passions in life were family and fishing. Always a top priority, he provided selflessly for his family and was quick to offer assistance in any way he could. Bucky was also very passionate about saltwater fly fishing in the Florida Keys. He began learning to fish the Florida Keys "backcountry" in 1978 and with the help of some close friends in the Keys, became an expert in the intricacies of fishing these unique waters. Additionally, Bucky traveled the world to remote fishing locales to sample various fly fishing venues. One of his favorite places to cast for Bonefish was in the Bahamas. Though Bucky has chased many fish over the years, in many exotic places, the biggest catch of his life was his wife, Jolene. Bucky's final two years were very difficult; however, he passed quickly and peacefully in the presence of his wife, whom he adored, and in the Florida Keys, the place that he loved. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Memorial Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, November 8, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel/Blessed Sacrament Parish. Arrangements are with The Matt Funeral Home of Utica. Online Memorials at
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Utica, NY 13501
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch from Nov. 3 to Nov. 6, 2013
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