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Anthony E., 78, of Twp of Washington, went Home to be with the Lord on August 13 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. He is remembered for the loving husband, father, grandfather, coach, teacher, judge, and friend that he was to so many during his lifetime.
Before retiring, Tony was a highly respected Physical Education Teacher for the Ridgewood Public Schools for 29 years, where he was considered the father of the gymnastics movement.
He founded The Boys Gymnastics Club in 1967 and for 20 years coached the boys', and eventually the girls' teams, producing many individual and team champions at the league, county, and state levels.
Tony was inducted into the Ridgewood Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.
Tony continued to be active in gymnastics, both nationally and internationally, as a renowned judge. He was elected to the National Gymnastic Judges Hall of Fame in 1996 and was recognized as a distinguished alumnus of Montclair State University's Panzer School of Physical Education for contributions to the sport of gymnastics. He was also the owner of Tony Napier's Gymnastic School, introducing many more children to the sport of gymnastics.
Tony appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1956, performing a trampoline act with a fellow gymnast and Army comrade. He continued to help others as a 13 year member of the WT Ambulance Corps.
Tony's first love was his family. He married his beautiful wife, Beatrice, on August 19, 1961. Tony and Bea loved to dance, often turning the heads of onlookers who enjoyed watching their grace and impeccable timing on the dance floor.
They added five children to their family over the next six years; Bernadette Orso (Richard), Emmanuel (Lyzette), Felicia Napier, Andrea Brazofsky (James), and Camille Napier. The couple became grandparents to nine wonderful grandchildren; Kristy, Anthony, Rebekah, Nicholas, Daniel, Sara, Jimmy, Justin, and Philip. He is also survived by an aunt, Elena DelCampo, and cousins Gracie Rappa, Milo DelCampo, and Rica Carotenuto.
Anthony Napier will be dearly missed by all whose lives he has touched with his humor, expertise, and love.
Visitation 2-4 and 7-9 PM on Monday, August 17, 2015 at the Robert Spearing Funeral Home, Inc., 155 Kinderka-mack Road, Park Ridge. Funeral Mass 10:30 AM on Tuesday, August 18, at Our Lady of Good Counsel R. C. Church, Twp. Washington, Interment to follow in George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus, NJ. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Tony Napier Gymnastic Scholarship (Ridgewood HS) at gofundme.com/3vtvt358 or to Valley Hospice.
Published in The Record/Herald News on Aug. 16, 2015
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