In Ricordo Di
Antonio "Tony" ManzoNew York
1921 - 2014
Antonio "Tony" Manzo, 93, died on April 6, 2014
Born January 9, 1921 in Duronia CB, Italy to
Sabatino Manzo and Assunta Adducchio.
In 1947, after having served his country during WW II, he immigrated to
Buenos Aires, Argentina where he married Elvira D'Onofrio.
In 1952, he came to New York in search of the American dream.
He took ESL classes at Roosevelt HS on Fordham Road, became an American citizen
and in 1958 sent for his wife and daughter who were still in Argentina.
Tony became a master bricklayer who worked on various projects from Ellis Island
to West Point, and eventually an independent contractor in NYC, Westchester,
Dutchess and Putnam Counties. He delighted in giving young couples the chance
to own their first home and many of them stopped by years later to thank him
for giving them that opportunity.
An avid gardener, he enjoyed sharing his fruits and vegetables with his friends and neighbors.
He was an honest, generous, humble, patient, hard-working and kind hearted gentleman who always
had a smile on his face and never an unkind word about anybody.
He faced all of his life's challenges with dignity and grace without ever complaining.
Until the very end he thanked those who helped him in his long and valiant battle with Alzheimer's.
He is survived by his loving wife Elvira and devoted daughter Dora.
He was predeceased by a brother Rocco and is survived by his brother Angelo.
He leaves a legacy of courage, generosity, strength of will and unconditional love.
May he rest in the peace he so richly deserves.