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TONACHIO - Anthony Matthew passed at the age of 77. Tony was currently living in Naples, FL, but formerly was from Bethpage, Farmingdale, Hauppauge and West Islip, NY. Beloved Father of Carrie Walsh, Timothy Tonachio and Leslie Lennon. Loving Grandfather to Kiera, Kyle and Kelsie Walsh, Marissa Tonachio, Blake Narramore, Liam, Logan and Luke Lennon. Brother of Robert James Tonachio of Kingston, TN. His former wife is Joanne Schwartzman Tonachio Donohue of Long Island, NY. Tony graduated from Farmingdale HS in 1951, The Long Island Agricultural Institute in 1953 and SUNY Cortland Teacher College in New York State in 1957 where he was Team Captain and a 4-Star letterman in baseball. He became a PE and Health Teacher and then Director of PE for the Farmingdale SD before retiring in 1988. He was also the Director of The Farmingdale Youth Council for many years. Tony built and operated Driftwood Summer Day Camp for many years before buyingand operating Camp Bauman in Merrick, NY. Tony then moved to Tennessee and served as the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Kingston and also owned and operated a Travel Agency before moving to FL. He became President of the Farmingdale Rotary Club in 1978 and received the Paul Harris Fellow Award in 1988. He was an avid fisherman and loved boating with his family during the time he lived on Long Island, NY. He loved traveling.


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Published in Newsday on Jun. 5, 2011.
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May 30, 2020
You brought joy and keen interest to my family. Miss you, Tony.
Rosemary Sabino
Family
May 30, 2019
Remembering your life with love.
Thanks for the memories.
Rosemary Sabino
Family
November 16, 2017
I'm looking for family member , I purchased a dresser and found some paper work on him and a picture of him on a boat. you can call me at 2396339533 I'm in ft. Myers fl.
charles
July 27, 2015
Thinking of you
September 19, 2014
I remember tony from Driftwood Day cAMP. Great guy
May 9, 2014
I will never forget how wonderfulTony was to my mother, Katie, and my whole family for that matter! He was always like an older brother to us all. I miss him!
Diana swaner
May 9, 2014
Beautifully said, Bob. I did not know that Marty had an interest in baseball and that he supported Tony by attending the games. Thanks for the memory
Rosemary Sabino
May 8, 2014
Tony, being my older brother, taught me a lot of things when we were growing up... He was a great teacher and motivator... Brother Tony, coached me and taught me the game he loved the most... baseball. His love for baseball came from our father, Matthew, who never missed a baseball game Tony played in. Matthew also listened to the Dodgers on a portable radio as he watched Tony play... Mathew was the ultimate "Multi Tasker" when it came to being a baseball fan. I know Tony is looking down upon us and urging us to be our better selves... and to dream lofty dreams...
Bob Tonachio
August 27, 2013
July 11, 2013
Had a dream about you last night Dad....was a happy one! You may even know what it was about :) Miss you and Nana so much.
Carrie Walsh
July 10, 2013
What a guy! Certainly miss him
Rosemary Sabino
July 3, 2013
I just happened to find this note that your dad had passed. He was my tennis coach at Mill Lane when I was in the 9th grade in 1979. I am almost 49 and I never forgot him. I had more fun on that team with your dad as the coach as I ever had in school. He was amazing. Ben Buchwald
January 3, 2013
Tony with Catherine Sabino & Ted Sabino
Is it a year? Gosh! Thanks for your time with us, Tony.
Rosemary Sabino
January 2, 2013
Missing you!!!
Carolyn Tonachio
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Dad....just wanted to let you know that your beloved Joe Pa has gone up to join you. I remember that you loved and admired him so much. You two had so much in common; Brooklyn, Italian, college educated, sports enthusiasts. When I look at Joe I see you sometimes. You two were created from the same mold. Two GREAT men... Love you and miss you. Your loving daughter, Carrie
Carrie Tonachio Walsh
December 19, 2011
To all of the family

I probably know your dad as long as anyone. I was his student at F'dale. I worked for him at the pool as a lifeguard at the summer recreation program. When he started Driftwood Day Camp, he hired me as a counselor.
I became a health & PE teacher on L.I. and continued to run into him over the years at all of the conferences. We always saw each other and enjoyed a friendship.
I am retired, live in Bonita Springs FL, and recently got together with some of the "old gang' from F'dale. I asked everyone where Tony was and no one knew he was down here. Imagine my surprise when I found out he was practically my neighbor!! I am so sorry that we didn't get to see each other again in FL.
He was a wonderful person and the one I always remember as a kid.
Love to all of you.
Janice Ventura
October 26, 2011
To Tim Tonachio and family,
I would like to take this opportunity to tell you how much your father inspired me as a parks director and a person. Back in 1989 he took a chance on a then nineteen year old and gave me the confidence and lessons that I use to this day. Little did I know that I would be filling his position many years later. I am not sure I would be in the position if it was not for him.
He was a boss, mentor, and leader who affected many others who worked alongside him. I have such great memories of him and think of him often. Now I am surrounded by his ideas, his deeds, and his legacy. It was an honor to know him and now it is a privilege to follow in his footsteps.
Sincerely,
Rick Ross
Director of Kingston Parks and Recreation
Rick Ross
October 26, 2011
City of Kingston, TN (Walk Trail - Dedication)
September 3, 2011
To Tim and family...I am so very sorry to hear about your dad--he was a great man. I have so many fond and fun memories of him. When I think of him and our time in Nigeria, it always brings a smile to my face.
He was a man of true vision.
Hugh Scott
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I forgot about Cortland. I always thought it was a mystery wonderland when Tony talked about it. I did not apply to Cortland, but a near by college, St. Leo. Did go there but dated someone from there. Miss you Tony. Rosemary Sabino
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Hi Dad! Visited Cortland yesterday...drove by Brockway Hall where you worked, saw the hospital where I was born, and found the street you and Ma lived on. Thought of you a lot and was imagining the things you would have been saying. The college has really grown, you would love the athletic facilities! Well, miss you and love you...remember don't be talking religion or politics up there! haha Love you, Carrieoca
July 16, 2011
Papaw Tony, I miss you so much. I wish I could call you about scotland and send you a postcard. I think of you every day. I love you

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He fought a good fight, He finished the race, and he has always kept the faith.
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June 25, 2011
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD! I remember you taking us to the Irish pub on Marco Island for your 75 birthday! Always willing to please others....and Yes Thomas LOVED the Irish pub! You are simply the best! Love you and miss you tons....going to a wedding now...we are going to toast you for your birthday!
Carrie Tonachio Walsh
June 25, 2011
Happy Birthday in Heaven, Tony. Love, Joanne
Joanne Donohue
June 25, 2011
Happy Birthday in Heaven, Tony. Love, Joanne
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So moved what you wrote Timmy, Carrie and Carolyn. Loved too that you placed the pictures on site. I was in NY last week and the "cousins" had wonderful things to say about your father. "He was always cordial and interested in the family"... They were all sorry that he died so young and send condolences. As I was flying in over the everglades I though of him and how he loved to fish the waters of the bays and ocean. He loved a lot and was always interested in new things. Love to you all Rosemary Sabino, of the cousins.
Rosemary Sabino
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