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Anthony J. "Tony" Molinaro

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Anthony J. "Tony" Molinaro, 88, a Franklin native and longtime town resident, died Thursday, July 18, 2013 at the Medway Country Manor Nursing Home, following an extended period of failing health. He was the husband of the late Milford native Dora T. (Porzio) Molinaro, who died in Florida in 1995. Born in Franklin, April 23, 1925 a son of the late Luigi and Raffaella (Leo) Molinaro, he was raised and educated in Franklin, and graduated Franklin High School in 1942. He also attended Wentworth Institute in Boston, where he graduated in 1943, and the former Peterson School of steam engineering. He worked for the Town of Franklin for many years, and retired as the superintendent of water and sewers. He went on to own and operate the Furniture Clinic in Franklin, and also worked in hydraulic and pneumatic sales. He served as the former chairman of the Board of Public Works, and was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Council Knights of Columbus. He was a former member of the St. Anthony and Columbus Benevolent Society in Franklin, and was a regular communicant at St. Mary's Abbey in Wrentham. He served in the US Navy during WWII. He attained the rank of Machinist mate 2nd class, while serving on board the USS Quincy. It was at that time that President Roosevelt travelled on the USS Quincy to attend the Allied conference in Yalta. He also participated in the invasion of Normandy on June 6. 1944. He was awarded the WWII Victory Medal, The European-African-Middle Eastern Medal, with 2 stars, The Asiatic Pacific Medal with 3 stars, The American Area Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged in Nov. 1945. Tony was a great cook and baker. He loved to try new things and share his goodies with his family and friends. His signature dish of pasta e fagioli and cheese cake are' well known and remembered. He is survived by his son: Anthony J. "Joe" Molinaro and his wife Denise of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, 2 daughters: M. Christina Molinaro and her husband Jay Wendt of Northville, Michigan Judith A. Molinaro of Ormond Beach, Florida. 2 grandchildren: Amelia and Jerimiah Molinaro of Maine, and his dear friend: Claire Landry of Franklin. He Was the brother of the late Bro. Vincent Molinaro SJ, Louis Molinaro. Maria Molinaro, Mary Molinaro, Sr. Mary Christina CSJ, and Theresa Sannicandro. Relatives and friends were invited to attend his funeral Tuesday, July 23, at 9:15 a.m. from the Charles F. Oteri & Son Franklin Funeral Home, 33 Cottage St. www.oterifuneralhome.com with a Funeral Mass in Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Milford at 10 a.m. Interment: with military honors will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Funeral home calling hours were Monday, July 22, from 4 - 8 p.m. Donations in his memory sent to St. Jude Children Hospital, PO Box 3704, Memphis, TN 38173-3704 would be appreciated.

Published in The Country Gazette from July 21 to July 28, 2013
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