Anthony J. “Tony”'s Story
Anthony J. “Tony” Del Genio, 86, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away peacefully Friday, July 21, 2017, after a short battle with dementia.
He was born March 18, 1931, in Malden, Mass., to the late Angelo and Roserina (nee-Troissi) Del Genio. Tony was a member of IUOE Local #4 and worked as an operating engineer and shop steward at Essex Bituminous in West Peabody, Mass., from the mid-1950s until his retirement. He was also co-owner with his wife, Rose, of The Bungalow Convenience and Gift Shop on Plum Island, Mass., and then Clipper City Bowl and Skate at Port Recreation Center and shopping complex in Newburyport, Mass.
Tony was raised on the hill in Revere, Mass. After marrying Rose in 1957, he lived in Malden, Byfield, Plum Island and Newburyport, Mass. In 1993 he retired and moved to Punta Gorda and then Deep Creek, Fla., as a seasonal resident. He served in U.S. Marine Corp from 1951 to 1954, serving in Korea during the Korean War.
Tony enjoyed his retirement, cooking, growing tomatoes, deep sea fishing, driving with Louise throughout the United States and Canada, especially several trips to Alaska and overfeeding his grand dogs. He also enjoyed playing semi-pro baseball after Korea, being a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and umpiring and coaching the Braves in his sons’ little league where in 1994 he was honored as one of the founders of the Byfield-Newbury Baseball League.
He is survived by and deeply missed by his sons, John and daughter-in-law, Mary Ann, Paul and daughter-in-law, Kathy; beloved granddaughters, Cathy and Caroline; and his dear and constant company for the past 19 years, Louise Knuttel; and scores of nieces and nephews. Tony was the youngest and last survivor of nine brothers and sisters. He was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Rose (nee-Desmond) Del Genio in 1995; his parents; and siblings, George, Millie, Annette, Albert, Esther, Ami, Loretta and Nina.
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Peace River Wildlife Center, 3400 Ponce de Leon Parkway, Punta Gorda, FL 33950.
Friend may visit online at www.robersonfh.com to extend condolences to the family. Arrangements by Roberson Funeral Home & Crematory Port Charlotte Chapel.
Memorial services will be held Monday at 4 p.m., July 31, 2017, at Roberson Funeral Home Chapel, 2151 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL 33948. Memorial services celebrating Tony’s life will also be held at a later date in Massachusetts.
Published on  July 26, 2017