Anthony S. "Tony" Milograno
1926 - 2018
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Anthony S. "Tony" Milograno 1926 - 2018
NEW HARTFORD - Mr. Anthony S. "Tony" Milograno, age 91, returned to his beloved wife when he passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2018 with his loving family by his side.
Born in Utica, Anthony was the son of the late Alfonse and Anna (DeFiore) Milograno. A proud Veteran, Tony enlisted in the United States Army and honorably served his country from 1945-1949 during World War II; having been awarded the World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and American Theater Medal. He was assigned to the position as a secretary at the Pentagon. He was then commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, serving from 1951-1955 during the Korean War era, being Honorably Discharged as a 1st Lieutenant in May 1955. From July 1951 - July 1953, Tony served as the Assistant Chief of the Information and Education Division and Chief of the Personal Affairs Branch, Personnel Services Division, at the Headquarters for the Continental Air Command at Mitchell Air Force Base, Nassau County, New York.
On June 16, 1951 he married the former Helen Lonero with whom he shared almost 59 years of marriage prior to her passing on June 12, 2010. They were a sentimental couple, always with a watchful eye upon one another. Tony and Helen had a complete love and regard that was rare. The tempo of their personalities completed their song of life.
Tony's repertoire of musical aptitudes was prolific and began developing when he was 9 years old. Anthony's Uncle Tony Milograno gave him the love of music. He earned a scholarship and was playing violin at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester while still in high school, a prodigious accomplishment and testament to his talent. He then furthered his studies at the Utica School of Commerce, where he learned his typing and short-hand skills, and Syracuse University, where he majored in Music Education and Violin, earning his bachelor's degree in 1951. Tony completed additional graduate hours to earn his New York State Certification as a Music Teacher in February 1954. Tony remained a loyal Syracuse University Basketball fan until his passing, rarely missing a game on television.
Tony began his teaching career in New Berlin and went on to be the Music Supervisor for the Clinton Central School District, serving them for 32 years. During this period Tony was granted a rare sabbatical, allowing him in 1967 to study abroad for nearly a year in Vienna, Austria, with the Concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic. In addition, he played the violin with multiple orchestras and as part of local performances by major acts including Bob Hope and Tony Bennett. Tony was also the Conductor for the Mantovani Orchestra, which traveled throughout the United States.
He gave of himself when he performed at local nursing facilities, churches, retirement communities, and funerals in memory of his wife Helen. Tony taught violin and numerous other stringed instruments throughout the Utica area. A classically trained violinist, he conducted Utica's Civic Band, was Concert Master for the Utica Symphony Orchestra, Conductor of a Youth Orchestra in Chautauqua, NY, and First Violinist in the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra (CSO), where he spent 26 joyous summers with his family and friends, his violin, and his golf clubs.
Anthony is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Dr. James C. Brown; son and daughter-in-law, Anthony J. and Lynn Milograno; his grandchildren, Alicia Milograno and her husband, Eli Hampton, Elizabeth Milograno and her husband Patrick Berry, Michael Milograno, Kaitland Brown, Walker Brown, Zoe Brown, Christy and Mike Colangelo, Amanda and Steve Krupski, Brett and Alaina Meus; and his great-grandchildren, Lillian Berry, Haley Krupski, Emily Krupski, Reagan Colangelo, and Matthew and Logan Meus. Survivors also include his many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, and in-laws, Rita Gigliotti, and Joseph Lonero. He also leaves behind his feline companion Lucy, who was always by his side until his passing. Tony was predeceased by his brothers and sisters-in-law, Carmen and Rose Milograno, and Rosario "Ray" and Theodora Milograno; and his in-laws, Antoinette and Joseph Gillette, and Felix Gigliotti.
The family expresses their heartfelt gratitude to the outstanding medical team at the Sitrin Health Care Center second floor rehabilitation and skilled nursing units, St. Luke's Hospital Emergency Room, the New Hartford Fire Department, and Edwards Ambulance for their care and compassion shown to Tony and his family over these many months.
A Memorial Gathering will be held on Friday from 10:00 a.m. -12:00 noon at the Eannace Funeral Home, Inc., 932 South St., corner of Hammond Ave. Anthony's funeral service and Celebration of Life will commence on Friday at 12:00 noon at the funeral home with Father Joseph Salerno officiating and Father Paul Drobin in attendance of the ceremony. Tony was a lover of all animals. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Tony's memory to your favorite animal shelter.
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch from Jun. 19 to Jun. 20, 2018.
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July 5, 2018
Dear Susan and All
Tony was a very special part of my Chautauqua summers and set a great example of how to cope, practice, and excel on our schedule. With deep condolences, Daryl Goldberg
June 27, 2018
As a young girl growing up on Plymouth Place, many times I would knock on the Lonero door and ask Tony to play Flight of the Bumble Bee for me. He would return to the door with his violin and play with zealous my favorite song at the time. He was always happy to do this for me and I remember this gesture as such a warm memory growing up. He was my inspiration to take up the violin, which i have continued for many, many years.
He was a wonderful, pleasant and kind person; you should be very proud. I am so sorry for your loss of this gentle man. Marie DeLorenzo Giaquinto, Suffern, NY.
marie giaquinto
June 22, 2018
I can remember when Tony (Who always seemed like a big smiling teddy bear to me) stood in front of our fifth grade class sharing his love for music and the violin. He put the violin in my hands then and I have not put it down since. He really shaped my whole life. Even up until this past year, we have been violin soulmates sharing music, CDs, information. I should add that he had also become a father figure for me since I had lost my father not long after starting the violin.
I wish I could have somehow said goodbye to him! Well I'm sure that he heard me when today I performed a very heartfelt Ave Maria in his memory.

To Susie and Anthony Jr. - I am very sorry for your loss. And little Lucy too...... If she needs a home?
Luellen Abdoo
June 21, 2018
Mr. Milograno was a wonderful teacher and orchestra leader in Clinton.
May he Rest In Peace.
Karen Snedeker
June 21, 2018
Mr. Milograno was one of my favorite teachers. I loved taking music lessons and being in the orchestra at CCS. What a kind and gentle human being he was.
June 21, 2018
Karen Snedeker (Pizer)
June 21, 2018
i taught with tony for years at clinton central schools and we reconnected when he played violin at Chautauqua institute. he was a great teacher,musician and friend!he always had a joke for me. he will be missed.
joe talerico
June 20, 2018
The world sorely needs more Tony Milograno's
Rest in peace my friend.
Richard DeFazio
June 20, 2018
All the Morgans loved you, Mr. Milograno. May you enjoy playing first violin in the everlasting symphony orchestra.
June 20, 2018
I loved Mr. Milograno. He was my orchestra leader for three years in high school and he directed the orchestra for all the musicals in which I acted. He was a taskmaster, but one who had heart. I still think of him every time I listen to one of my favorite pieces, the Bach Double Violin Concerto, which he had us learn and play back in the mid-sixties. He inspired a love of music in generations of students, and he will be missed.
Jan English Leary
June 20, 2018
A truly talented gentleman and kind teacher.
God bless you Mr. Milograno,
Michele Simmen
Michele Simmen
June 20, 2018
A life well-lived. Condolences Tony and family.
Mark Hoffmeister
June 20, 2018
Thinking of you at this sorrowful time. James and Diana Helmer.
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