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Anthony F. Sacco

Anthony Francis Sacco, age 80, of Bethel, CT, died Saturday, November 26, 2011 at Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT. He was the husband of the late Dorothy (Drab) Sacco and long-time companion of Nora McGrath.

Tony was born in Pittsfield, MA, September 5, 1931 a son of the late Raffaele and Marianna (DíAgostino) Sacco. He served in the Navy as a Cryptologic Technician during the Korean War and had lived in Bethel for over 40 years. He graduated from Bryant College in 1956 and worked for 35 years at Perkin-Elmer before his retirement. He was a parishioner of St. Maryís Church in Bethel and was a member of the Sons of Italy Connecticut Grand Lodge, American Legion Post 100 of Bethel, Catholic War Veterans Post 1042, the Naval Cryptologic Veteranís Association and was a former member of the Knights of Columbus.

Tony loved his poker games, cribbage and bocce with his friends, children and grand kids. Always quick with a joke or trivia, he was teacher to all. An avid traveler, no matter where he went in the world he would know someone or meet new people, and his circle of friends was never ending. He also shared his love of music with his family, especially jazz, and his joy for life was contagious. We were blessed to have Tony in our lives, he was a true gift to all.

Tony is survived by his 2 sons: Patrick Sacco of New Fairfield, CT, David Sacco and his wife Dina of Las Vegas, NV; 4 daughters: JoAnn Butler and her husband John of Roxbury, CT, Linda Sacco of Wake Forest, NC, Lisa Ferrara and her husband Keith of Stratford, CT, Paula Usher and her husband Edward of Bethel, CT; 3 brothers: Domenic Sacco his wife Marie and Joseph Sacco, all of Safety Harbor, FL, Frank Sacco and his wife Marge of Sun City, AZ; sister: Virginia Sacco of Pittsfield, MA; 14 grandchildren: Jacob and his wife Victoria, Jenna and her husband T.J., Jordan, Stephanie, Brian, Ryan, Michael, Bobby, Jessica, Thomas, Jack, Shea, Nicole and Sara, a great granddaughter: Kylie, as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by 4 siblings.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a local charity of oneís choice.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Maryís Church, Bethel, CT, Wednesday morning at 10:00. Burial will follow in St. Maryís Cemetery, Bethel, CT.

The family will receive friends at the Bethel Funeral Home, 215 Greenwood Ave., Bethel, Tuesday evening from 4:00 to 8:00.

To sign the online guestbook please go here.

All - While Dad's spirit was strong, his body was fragile and could not sustain for more than a few days. He passed on peacefully Saturday morning (11/26) at 3:21am, with Nora and his children by his side. He knew going into the surgery on Wednesday morning how much love, prayers and support he had from his family and friends, and was at peace going into the operation. My siblings and I want to thank you all for being there for Dad!

Arrangements have been made, and the funeral is scheduled for Wednesday morning at St. Mary's Church in Bethel at 10:00am. Details can be found on-line here. For those who can not make it to Bethel, we understand and know you will have Dad in your heart. Those who are traveling, please be safe.

I don't have to tell any one of you that Dad was a very special person - you all know that. Smile and laugh when you think of him, as his love is now shining down upon us all! Love - Lisa - Lisa Ferrara 11.27.11

We all feel a deep sense of loss at the passing of another shipmate and plankowner. Tony attended our initial meeting at Nashua, New Hampshire in 1998 and he helped develop our bylaws and select our first officers. He was a loyal and steadfast member from the beginning and his faithful attendance at our mini reunions and meetings helped make us the vibrant organization we are today. We will deeply miss his sincere interest in the welfare of our organization and its members, his infectious sense of humor and his warm smile - always a smile. Fair Winds and Following Seas, Tony. - Larry Peterson 11.27.11

I will miss seeing that smiling face and the warm handshake that always greeted me at the reunions. A friend and shipmate, I will miss you Tony. Fair Winds and Following Seas my friend. - Karl Kristiansen 11.27.11

The Carlson family will miss Tony. His infectious smile and warm handshake when we met said without words, "Welcome. Iíve missed you!"

Tony and I were introduced to each other through our friend "Nuchie" Carnevale. It was Nuchie who told me what a great Meringue and Salsa dancer Tony was in Puerto Rico. My first response was "NO WAY" to which Nuchie replied, "YES WAY!" Tony went on to fill me in on their evenings of dance and fellowship with the folks of Puerto Rico. The friendship of Tony and I became stronger at the NCVA convention in Saratoga Springs, NY where we worked together at the welcome desk and later at Nuchieís funeral on Long Island, NY where he shared his concerns about his own health.

We enjoyed e-mail correspondence at least twice a week. His knowledge of historical events was beyond measure. Always sharing some important event that happened in Connecticut, or responding to my daily news items with "Dick Ė I remember this. Let me tell you something which many donít know about this event." What a treasure of a man he was, and still is in my heart and mind. I am looking forward to that day when we will meet again at his mansion that the Lord has prepared for him. Do you suppose there is dancing in heaven? Farewell for now Tony. - Dick Carlson 11.28.11

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