POLISANO, MAJOR SALVATORE ANTHONY "TONY" - U.S. Army, Retired: 93 years young, went home to be with His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 6:00 P.M. on July 24, 2013. He was married to the late Elizabeth "Bobbie" Tweed Polisano. Bobbie was the love of Tony's life and the mother of their surviving six children who love and miss them dearly. Tony was married to his "Bride" - as he proudly and lovingly introduced her - for 69 years; his love and devotion to Bobbie was unequaled. Tony was also predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Mary (Martinovich) Polisano; brother, Joseph Polisano and sister Kathryn Guglielmi. Tony leaves behind his children, Sharon Masterson, Maureen Hakalmazian (Gregg), Coleen Polisano-Snyder (Donald), Robert Polisano (Joan), Pamela DeVinney (James) and Lisanne Casalinuovo; 12 grandchildren, Erin Castorani (Thomas), Anthony Masterson (Jennifer), Danielle Javorka (John), Cynthia Skipper (Neil), Victor Wasilauskas (Kelly), James (Wasilauskas) Polisano, Heather Paulsgraf (Francis), Michael Wasilauskas, Nicole and Kristen Polisano, Brandon Astin (Kelly) and Taylor Astin; 16 great-grandchildren, April Frank, Courtney and Joshua Masterson, Allison and Andrew Javorka, Samantha, Jessica, Rebecca, Wyatt and Veronica Skipper, Sadie, Elijah and Hannah Wasilauskas, Anthony, Quinton and Alyssa Paulsgraf. The family wishes to extend many thanks to all of their Dad's physicians for their loving care over the years, especially Dr. Bill Wixted and Dr. Joe Harhay for being available whenever they were needed. They have gone above and beyond! I am sure the medical staff will miss Tony's perpetual greeting, "Never fear, Antonio's here!" Tony was a graduate of Atlantic City High School and the N.J. College of Commerce. He eagerly and proudly enlisted in the U.S. Army at the outbreak of World War II and became an officer and paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne, Company E 505th Parachute Infantry. Tony jumped into Saint Mere Eglise in Normandy on D Day ("A Bridge Too Far") and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Purple Heart. Following the war, Tony enlisted in the NJ National Guard and became the Battalion Exec of the 105th Howitzer Battalion in Atlantic City and completed his military career at the Stork Army Reserve Center in Northfield. During this time, Tony worked in various aspects of the construction industry. In 1973, he launched ANPO Construction, where he remained until his retirement at the age of 78. Tony was very active in the community and was a member of the following organizations: Past President and member of Pleasantville Kiwanis Club, Optimist Club, Sons of Italy, UNICO, Tuna Club of Atlantic City, Investment Club, Computer Club, Inlet Social Club, Power Squadron, VFW, American Legion, Director and member of Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), Republican Club, Mainland Chamber of Commerce, Building Contractors Association of Atlantic County, Planning Board of City of Pleasantville. He was Trustee of the Laborers International Union Local 415 Pension, Health & Welfare Funds. Tony was a former member and usher at St. Peter Church and current usher and member of St. Bernadette Church. In his spare time, Tony loved to take the guys out fishing and the girls for a thrill ride in his boat, "Tony's Last Hope." During football season, he liked to hang out with the guys watching his favorite team, the Eagles. He enjoyed playing cards at the Inlet Social Club and American Legion in Absecon and Northfield. In his younger days, Tony enjoyed riding horses on the beach and was an avid motorcyclist. He was a risk-taker and a daredevil his entire life but also had a gentle and protective way with his family. He greeted his wife and children with a hug and kiss first thing in the morning, leaving for and returning from work and at bedtime! Tony hosted an American History Book Club at his home "with the guys from Greentree Church." He very proudly displayed the American Flag at his home and it was not unusual for him to become very emotional when pledging allegiance to the flag of the USA. He was a man of honor, valor and integrityâ€¦a true Patriot. He met all of life's challenges with bravery and endurance. Relatives and friends are invited to call Wednesday morning from 9:30 to 11:00 am at St. Gianna Parish; St. Bernadette Church, 1421 New Road, Northfield, NJ, followed by Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be private. (George H. Wimberg Funeral Home)
This obituary was originally published in The Press of Atlantic City.
Published by The Press of Atlantic City on Jul. 28, 2013.