Anthony P. DeFazio
McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home
8 109th Street
Troy, NY
DeFazio, Anthony TROY Anthony P. DeFazio, 95, of Fourth Street, died February 5, 2011, at St. Mary's Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Born in Valle Fiorita, Calabria, Italy, he was the son of the late Guiseppe DeFazio and Maria Vespari DeFazio. He was pre-deceased by his beloved wife, Josephine Cioffi DeFazio, who died December 3, 2009. They were married December 22, 1940. Anthony loved most working with his wife and family in their business, A. DeFazio's Imports, in South Troy for more than 59 years. Anthony is remembered for his generous heart. He was well-loved by his customers, and he enjoyed serving them. Anthony will be greatly missed, but always remembered, by his family, friends and the many people whom he touched during his lifetime. He cared for his family, his friends, his neighborhood, and his community, both here and abroad, and served them with great pride. He worked to support Italian immigration laws in the 60's and 70's as a member of the American Committee on Italian Migration. He was honored to have had an audience with Pope John, John Paul I and John Paul II. Additionally, because of this work on immigration he met Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon and Carter. Mr. DeFazio was an active member of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus and served as grand knight and faithful navigator. He was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church in Troy, where he served on the parish counsil and ushered for more than 60 years. He was a member of the Third Order of St. Francis of Assisi, where he volunteered extensively by organizing spaghetti suppers and baked ziti dinners, which he was well-known for. He also organized and planned the annual Feast of St. Joseph's Dinner, which fed thousands of underprivileged and disadvantaged in downtown Troy. He raised money for the Boys Town of Italy and earthquake relief for both Naples and Sicily. He was conferred the honor of "Cavaliere della Stella della Solidarieta Italiana" Award from the President of Italy. Additionally, he received the Mother Cabrini Award from the American Committee of Italian Migration. Mr. DeFazio was instrumental in the development of Columbus Square celebrating all immigration and nationalities. Mr. DeFazio received honors and recognition from the City of Troy, the Rensselaer County Legislature, the Rensselaer County Historic Society and the Albany Symphony Orchestra for his reputation as a business owner and for the charitable work in the community he so loved. Survivors include his loving children, Mary Villano of Latham, Joseph DeFazio (Kate Childs) of Northampton, Mass., Rocco DeFazio (Janice) of Troy, Anthony DeFazio (Maura) of Menands; 11 beloved grandchildren, Vincent Villano, Marcus Villano, Alaina DeFazio, Michael DeFazio, Matthew DeFazio, Elizabeth DeFazio, John DeFazio, Anthony Zane DeFazio, Jerry DeFazio, Edward Joseph, Gabriel Joseph; and a great-grandson, Anthony Villano. He is also survived by his sister, Marianna Sorrentino, who just celebrated her 100th birthday in Valle Fiorita, Italy. Anthony was predeceased by his brother, John DeFazio. Relatives and Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass on Tuesday, February 8, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Anthony's Church, Troy, where the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Mario Julian. Entombment will follow in St. Mary's Mausoleum, Troy. Calling hours are 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anthony's Church prior to Mass. Donations in memory of Anthony may be made to The Josephine and Anthony DeFazio Culinary Scholarship Fund to benefit culinary students of Questar III's Rensselaer Educational Center c/o The Community Foundation for the Great Capital Region, 6 Tower Place, Albany, New York 12203. For guestbook please visit
Published by Albany Times Union from Feb. 6 to Feb. 7, 2011.
To plant trees in memory, please visit the Sympathy Store.
To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, you can now have memorial trees planted in a National Forest in memory of your loved one.
Funeral services provided by:
McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home
Add a Message

Not sure what to say?

53 Entries
Dear Anthony and Maura, Rocco and Family,
May all of your wonderful memories sustain you in this time of loss and sorrow. My deepest sympathy for the passing of your father and grandfather.
Karla Guererri
February 15, 2011
Dear Rocco, and all the DeFazio Family, I am so sorry for the loss of your father/grandfather. I will always remember his smile, the way he served others with great care, and his compassionate love for his community near and far. He was an inspiration for all and will be greatly missed. My parents Maria and Mariano DeGiorgio also send their deep felt sympathy.
Liliana DeGiorgio
February 14, 2011
sorry about the passing of a great man. he's with the man he loved so much our lord, Jesus.
peg mahoney
February 13, 2011
Rocco and Anthony - Sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. He was a delightful man who always wore a smile. He'll be missed.

Ned Martone
February 11, 2011
To The Entire DeFazio Family,

I am so sad to hear of your loss. Tony was always so pleasant when I would come to the store and your family has meant much to me in my life. I have not visited very often since I left Troy, but I never missed an opportunity to come see Tony and Josie when I was in town. please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Tony is a special man and now he and Josie can spend the rest of eternity together.

God bless you and your family,
John and Cheri Gully
John N. Gully
February 9, 2011
Rocco sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. We will remember the most his beautiful smile each and every time we would come in for dinner. He was a warm and caring man. Our prayers are with you and your family. Roy and Amy Kennedy (loyal customers)
Amy Kennedy
February 9, 2011
Anthony and Family Our prayers are with you in this time of sorrow
Gerald Smith
February 8, 2011
Anthony and Family: Please accept our sincerest sympathies. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We loved going into the store over the years to get pizza and sauce and seeing your dad's smiling face.
Tony & Dee Schilling
February 8, 2011
I am so very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and the family.

Love Nichole
Nichole Kirby
February 8, 2011
Dear Anthony and family-

Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and yours during this difficult time. Your father sounds like an incredible man whose memory will live on forever.....

Laurie-Lynn Sutton
February 8, 2011
Rocco and Janice,
May God bless you and your family at this sad time. Your wonderful memories, of a life will lived, will truly give you comfort and peace. Remembering you in our prayers.
Gail and Frank Rinaldi
February 8, 2011
Anthony , Maura & family, We are sorry for your loss. He lived a beautiful life & is now reunited with his lovely wife. Our sympathies. Jean & Art Franklin
February 8, 2011
What a great man....will be missed. Loved his smile. He did a lot for Troy.
Our sincere sympathies. Marlene &
Wally Bryce
February 8, 2011
Miss Mary and Family, I am so sorry for your loss..Please accept my condolence, and my prayers are with you and your Family at this sad time. Vickie Kelly
Vickie Kelly
February 8, 2011
DeFazio Family,i am so sorry to hear the loss of your mom and dad both,i was a customer of the store and i always looked forward to talking to your mom and dad both. i lived on 4th street for year and always looked forward going into the store for the best cold cuts and sauce thoughts and prayers are with you all,but as hard as it is to say mom and dad are finally back together again and happy.
a customer
February 8, 2011
Our hearts are restless until they rest in thee -St Augustine
Deborah Leonczyk
February 8, 2011
Please accept my sincere sympathy at the passing of your beloved father. My prayers are with you and your family.
Deborah Leonczyk
February 8, 2011
Please accept our condolences for your family's loss. Your father was a wonderful man who will be missed by all who knew him.
Michael Gerrish
February 7, 2011
February 7, 2011
Rocco and family, What a couple they were, more than just owners of a Italian import store, more like part of my family, always concerned and so loving to all. We will miss them....

Frank and Carol Lamiano (Sun City Florida)
Frank & Carol Lamiano
February 7, 2011
DeFazio Family,

We are sorry to hear of your loss. Both Mr. and Mrs. DeFazio were such a great people. I have fond memories of playing in the store with Alaina while growing up. My prayers are with you all.

Melissa and Olivia Mahar
February 7, 2011
Our Thoughts and Prayers are with the Family... Pat and Deborah Ielapi
Patrick & Deborah Ielapi
February 7, 2011
To Anthony and family,
Our heartfelt condolences go out to you for your loss. God Bless.

Craig and Pauline
Craig Hansen
February 7, 2011
Dear Joe and family,

Our Sincere condolences for the loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Pojen, Kamal, Aicha, Nabeel and Camelia
February 7, 2011
To Rocco and family, I will always remember your father and mother. I always looked forward to seeing them on my visits to the store. What an accomplished, long and full life they led together. I know you miss them. Please accept my condolences. Fondly, Tamar Gordon and family
Tamar Gordon
February 7, 2011
Mary i was so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. What a wonderful man, he has given his family great memories and was a great role model for future generations. You now have another Angel to watch over you.
Erma Catanzarita
February 7, 2011
I am sorry for your loss.
Amy Roberts
February 7, 2011
To The DeFazio Family.
I'm very sorry to hear of the passing of your father. He touched so many lives, as did your Mother, they are now once again together. Heaven now has two of the kindest and sweetest people but also the best cooks.
February 7, 2011
Mary, Joe, Rocco, Tony and grandchildren - I will miss this wonderful, kind man who use to sit in the kitchen of the store and greet everyone with a wave and smile. My deepest sympathy and bless you for the great care and love you showed Tony. I will miss him but he is now with the love of his life, Josie - what a great pair they were.
Love, Jean Cavallo and Family
Jean Cavallo
February 7, 2011
In loving memory of a wonderful person.
He Was always there for the Italian community, think of fourth street south troy and DeFazio comes to mind. He will surely be missed.
Rose Mascolo/Mamone
February 7, 2011
To the family, we extend our sincere sympathy

To the Defazio family, we extend our sincere sympathy. Love and prayers. The Shufelt family.
James @ Pat Shufelt
February 7, 2011
Dear Anthony, Rocco and family -
Our most sincere condolences are with you all at the loss of your father and grandfather. May your happy memories comfort you.

The Samiof-Emanatian Family
Robin Emanatian
February 7, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was a sweet man who always had a smile on his face when I went into the store. Your Mom and Dad were both wonderful people. Everyone who ever went into their store has memories of a wonderful conversation and great food. God Bless your family in your time of sorrow.
Rose Cooper
February 7, 2011
Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your father. He was a fine man. I am out of state for the month or I would pay my respects in person. Jim Canfield ( JSC, ret.)
Jim Canfield
February 7, 2011
Rocco and Family, so sorry to hear this news. What a kind and wonderful man. A real treasure. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mike Reilly
February 7, 2011
Rocco,please accept my heart felt sympathies, I hope the years of memories that he left behind will bring you comfort. I have at least 35 years of them.

February 6, 2011
We lived in South Troy when we were newly married. We would often walk down to DeFazio's to get pizza or buy their dough and pizza sauce. I remember Mr.DeFazio was always so kind and helpful with a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. May God comfort you with His peace and your many good memories of such a good man.

Sincerely, Anita and Louie Germano
Anita Germano
February 6, 2011
Rocky and family: I am grateful to have known such a wonderful gentleman! Mike McNulty
February 6, 2011
Dear Mary,

I worked with you many years ago at the Labor Dept. and remember going to your home in South Troy and your parents making pepperoni bread (I think that's what they called it)for us. It was the first time I ever even heard of pepperoni bread but it sure was delicious and I remember what a nice day that was.

I'm sure you and your family have wonderful memories. Please know that you are all in my thoughts at this time.
Pat Stote (Levick)
February 6, 2011
To the DeFazio Family.
It has been awhile since I have seen many of you. My sincerest condolences on the passing of Anthony. My thoughts & prayers are with all of you at this time. My memories of him go back to my old South Troy day’s when I live on Hill Street. Hopefully I will stop by the store to see you again when I return to the area.

Patrick DeLucia
February 6, 2011
Dear Roc, Janice and family,
We are so sad to hear of the passing of Mr. DeFazio. He was a lovely man and certainly loved his family. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
The Vece Family
February 6, 2011
Rocco & Family

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Lisa Badolato-Allen
February 6, 2011
Anthony, so sorry to hear that you lost your dad on Friday. I remember I had just asked you Friday morning how he was doing, and you said he was comfortable. And that he knew you all were with him during this time. What a fulfilling life he had, touching so many lives. For that, you must all be so proud. He will live on in his children and grandchildren. May peace be with him, and your family.
~ Pam Mertz, Rensselaer Educational Center
Pamela Mertz
February 6, 2011
Rocco and family,so sorry to see you father passing, the Montanino family will miss him dearly, Miron
Miron Montanino
February 6, 2011
God Bless You Anthony, your now with Jesus.
Sean Murray
February 6, 2011
What a gentleman! What a loss! What a wonderful person. It was always a pleasure to go to their store and chat with him and his wife. They showed me where the old Valenti's Bakery was in the back of their store on Williams St. and suggested I get picture before they razed the building. They will be missed by all who had the pleasure of meeting them.

Our condolences to his entire family.
Frank & Rose Valenti
February 6, 2011
Mr. DeFazio was one of the kindest and most friendly men I have ever known. Rocco and family, I send my most sincere sympathy to you. This was a really good man who loved people and what he did. I will miss him as we all will.
Mark Paul
February 6, 2011
How true and such a tribute to such a kind and generous man His lives touched countless with his huge heart, kindness actions and even silently with his prayers and presence.. There is none that could not wish but they knew him better. Thank you for sharing him with all of us for 95 years. "...Anthony will be greatly missed, but always remembered, by the many people whom he touched during his lifetime. He cared for his family, his friends, his neighborhood, and his community both here and abroad and served them with great pride. "
Kyle Bryce
February 6, 2011
I am SOOOOO sorry to hear of this tremendous loss. I pray you have peace. Met him a couple of times at your restaurant. What a warm and loving man-I see he has passed on a beautiful legacy. May love surround you even more in this time.
Christine Harvey-Berry
February 6, 2011
rocco and janice sry about ur loss
February 6, 2011
Rocco, Tony, and family we are so saddened your Dad has passed, but now he and your Mom are back together in Heaven where it's not snowing, and it is warm. He is a friendly, and kind,and gentle man and he is missed as is your Mom by all of us. Please accept our condolences,prayers, and love, our hearts are with all of you SINCERELY VINCENT SCORSONE AND FAMILY GOD BLESS YOU ALL
February 6, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
February 6, 2011
You will be missed Mr. Defazio.
Erin Newhouse
February 6, 2011
Showing 1 - 53 of 53 results