Anthony (Tony) Duccilli, age 89, died peacefully after a long battle with a chronic illness on February 13, 2021. Tony is one of five children and survived by his wife, Dolores; four children: Joanne and her husband Ron, Rennie and his wife Jill, Denise and her husband Kevin, and Michelle and her husband Howie; four grandchildren: Chrissy and her husband Shane, Danielle, Jillian, and Eddie; and his great-grandson Nolan.
Tony was born in Brooklyn, NY on January 24, 1932 to Renato and Sarah Duccilli. As a child, Tony would jump across buildings, attend local dances, and play ball. Baseball was a passion of his and he was good enough to be a Pro. Tony played baseball well into his senior years and even impersonated a man so he could get into a senior league. If that’s not dedication, what is?
Outside of his dedication to baseball, Tony was an accomplished bowler. Playing until the age of 87, Tony has the distinctive honor of being the oldest person in New York State to bowl an 800 series—a feat only matched by his triple set of 300 games.
When home, Tony enjoyed watching the New York Yankees, scrutinizing professional bowling techniques, and studying The Bible. Every morning with his bran muffin and chocolate Ovaltine, he read a different story of The Bible and reflected on its lesson. Tony participated in Bible Study with his wife Dolores at Kingdom Hall at the Manorville congregation in Eastport, NY.
Tony loved his family and watching them grow over time. Though quiet in din of his sixteen-person household, he loved to watch the mayhem unfold as his four grandchildren raced around the house; he rejoiced in laughing with his children and their partners; and he adored watching old movies with Dolores, his Dearie.
He was blessed to spend most of his final days surrounded by the warmth of his loved ones in his longtime home in Mineola. The family who survives him will miss him dearly, but finds solace in the fact that they can bid him, “So long, now,” together.
Services for Tony will be held on Tuesday, February 16 from 4:30-8:30 pm at Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home in Williston Park, NY with a Zoom service at 6:30 pm. The funeral will take place the following morning at 10:00 am with the burial occurring at noon at Pinelawn Cemetery in Farmingdale, NY.
Christine Stuart, M.A.
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