MERIDEN - Anthony "Tony" J. Magnoli, 86, of Meriden, passed away on Thursday, March 31, 2016, surrounded by loved ones after a sudden illness.
Born in Meriden on Feb. 22, 1930, the son of the late Anthony and Angela "Nell" Magnoli, he graduated from Meriden High School in 1948, entered the U.S. Armed Forces and was honorably discharged after the Korean conflict as sergeant first class. Mr. Magnoli was a parishioner of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. He began a successful career in sales, most recently as general sales manager at Roberts Camper Center. Tony especially enjoyed equity investing throughout his life as well as discussing the national political scene. He was an avid reader and a champion of the underdog. He spent many wonderful years with his wife, Joan. He was a fine man, with an exceptionally good nature who had a positive influence on anyone he came in contact with. Tony will be profoundly missed.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Joan; his daughter, Sheree Ann Cotrona and her husband, Don, his son, Anthony Sterling; as well as two grandsons, "D.J" Cotrona, of Los Angeles and Justin Cotrona, of Meriden. He is also survived by his two sisters, Marilyn Magnoli, of Meriden, and Elaine Glennon and her husband, Bill, of Peabody, Mass.; as well as a niece and two nephews.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 6, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 109 Goodwill Ave., Meriden. Everyone is asked to meet directly at the church. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden on Tuesday, April 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. For online condolences, please visit www.jferryfh.com.