OBITUARY

Anthony "Tony" Joseph Polito

August 7, 1932September 12, 2021
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Anthony "Tony" Joseph Polito, age 89, of Deerfield Bch, Florida passed away on Sunday, September 12, 2021. Tony was born August 7, 1932 in Freeport, New York. Tony is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Virginia "Virgie" Polito; his son Michael Austin Polito; sisters Catherine Olsen and Frances Bonasera. Tony was preceded in death by his oldest son Anthony Samuel Polito who passed away in 1985.

Tony was a US Army veteran who proudly served his county from 1952-1954. At a young age Tony had the entrepreneurial spirt building a landscaping business that grew to over 25 lawns per week, throughout his life he worked for the electrical union with Helm Electric in Farmingdale NY. He was sports fan and had a passion to play baseball, golf enjoyed poetry and was an avid Bridge and Chess player . Tony was an incredible individual who actually was able to teach himself how to tickle the ivory's (Play Piano) and did that simply by listing to the music and recreating the same sounds on his Piano, he also enjoyed working with stained glass, reading, coin collecting, gun collecting, crossword puzzles, cooking, carpentry and was an avid historian. Tony's last project was building a beautiful bookcase for the Penthouse which he finish shortly before passing.

Tony was a man with a big heart, loving father, grandfather, and husband. He was the type of man when you met him you took an immediate liking to him. Words that people used to describe him were “patience,” “loyalty,” “humility,” “generous,” “intelligent,” and “positive.” When talking to him he made you feel like you were someone special, he was a very warm and caring person, had a very gentle soul and will be missed by all who knew him.

A gathering of friends for Tony will be held Saturday, September 18, 2021 from 9:00AM to 10:00AM at Kareer Becker Funeral Home, 217 E. Hillsboro Blvd, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 . A Memorial Service will take place 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM in the funeral home chapel, a reception will follow on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 12:00 PM at Penthouse South, 745 Se 19th Ave, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441. Tony will be laid to rest next to his son Anthony in Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury, New York at a later date. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.kraeerdeerfieldbeach.com for the Polito family.

  • FAMILY

  • Virginia Polito, Wife
  • Michael Austin Polito, Son
  • Catherine Olsen, Sister
  • Frances Bonasera, Sister

Services

  • Gathering of Friends

    Saturday, September 18, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, September 18, 2021

  • Reception

    Saturday, September 18, 2021

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Anthony "Tony" Joseph Polito

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Nick Donato

September 19, 2021

I will keep the memories I shared with Tony close to my heart and will thank God for each precious moment we shared together. Tony was a man among men, he was much bigger than life and with each passing day I will miss him a little bit more.

Rest in peace my dear, dear friend.

nat steiner

September 19, 2021

He was a most uncommon “common man”.

He was a polymath. “A person of wide-ranging knowledge
or learning. ….. “a renaissance polymath”…..

“A Renaissance Man”…..”someone with many interests or talents”

The term Renaissance Man, often applied to gifted people who
develop their abilities in all areas of accomplishment: intellectual, artistic , social, physical, and spiritual.

In the Italian Renaissance, the idea of the polymath was expressed
in the statement that “a man can do all things if he will”.

He was seeker of knowledge and never hesitated to ask about your expertise, or volunteer information he thought would be useful or fun. He was generous with his mind.

As often as we met for dinner or a visit….I never shook his hand! It was always a hug, a kiss on the forehead, and “How are you my friend?”.
He was “all in” with his friends as he was with all interests.

It is rare to have met such a person in our lifetimes….to have a friendship is to be blessed.

God Speed …………. Tony Polito

God Speed ………….. My Friend

Nat Steiner


Barbara Sucato

September 18, 2021

John and I are heartbroken at the passing of Tony. He was so unassuming but left an indelible memory after being in his company.
So caring, talented, a history buff, good cook and all around wonderful human being. Virgie and Tony were so gracious to my parents when we were at their home. Mom and dad were in the 90’s and there was never a lull in the conversation. That’s how comfortable they made them feel. He will be greatly missed but we have such good memories of the times we were together. RIP Tony.

Bob & Pat Clarkson

September 18, 2021

You could consider yourself fortunate to have met and loved Tony. He was one of a kind and made you feel special and loved. He could do anything and he did. Rest In Peace, Tony. You will be forever missed.

Al Voci

September 17, 2021

I will speak in the present tense, as I believe in the Hereafter.

Tony is One of, if not the most wonderful, caring, loving, enriching, nurturing, kind, mellow, dynamic gentlemen I’ve ever the privilege of being close to.

I have the honor and gift of knowing Tony for all my time at Penthouse. All of our time was transfixed into the most stimulating, energetic, knowledgeable conversations I have ever had. All of that, and a heart of pure gold.

Tony is a scholar, friend, patriot; and most importantly - a beautiful person.

Tony could not say No. Help someone? Yes! Provide advice? Yes! Do more for someone than you would do yourself? Yes! Make you feel as if you were part of his family? Yes!!!!

His skills are beyond his beliefs, his knowledge could construct the longest bridges; his warmth and compassion could enrich and reassure us all for eternity and beyond.

The Oracles know of Tony.
The Privileged know of Tony.
The fortunate know of Tony.
I am grateful that I do also.

Al Voci

Michael and Marilyn Riley

September 17, 2021

We found Tony to be a truly humble, unassuming man with a rare and beautiful gift of hospitality and generosity. At our very first encounter, Tony received us with a warm smile, an open heart and true kindness, and welcomed us into his life. How we loved sharing a good meal with him and his darling Virgie – and the hours of great conversation (and jokes) that followed! Sharing an evening like this was, to us, a joy and a gift. As “snowbirds” our time with Tony was much too limited and we had so much more to learn from this down-to-earth, yet deep and thoughtful man. We feel the gentle, rippling wake Tony’s passing has left in our hearts and we are forever changed for having known him.
To Virgie, Michael, and the entire Polito family: we hope you will find comfort in knowing how deeply loved and extremely proud he was of you all. We are saddened that we cannot be there to celebrate Tony’s amazing life with you at his memorial service, but will be there in Spirit. May God bless you and hold you up in this time of sorrow and may He give you peace.
Love, Michael and Marilyn

Debbie and Rick Carrus

September 16, 2021

What can I really say.. the world will surely miss one of the gentlest souls we have ever met. We will miss your charisma, fun and laughter at our pool parties.. You were a fine gentleman and caring friend.. I thank You for inviting Rick (when he had no one to play golf with)... he so loved every Thursday, thanks to you!)..You had a HUGE heart that never went unnoticed!
Rest in Peace until we all meet again.
xoxo

Dick & Jane Buehner

September 16, 2021

Ode to a Wonderful Friend
It is so hard to accept Sunday's sad news. Tony has spent time in “his” wing of the hospital over the years, but he always came home. Why not this time, too...?
All our lives will be the poorer because he will no longer be there. He had a big welcoming personality. "Come on in." "Come sit down." "What can I get for you?" He loved his wife and their life in "paradise" surrounded by his family and friends. He was content to sit on his porch and watch life, either outside the screens or by bringing it inside to him. He was a loving husband, a proud father, a terrific grandfather, and a great, loyal friend to so many of us. A lot of work and fun happened on his "Penthouse Central" porch. We will mourn his loss. His kindness. His counsel. His piano playing. (He loved that piano!) And his infectious laugh.
He touched so many lives. And, it goes without saying, that the Penthouse itself will sorely feel his loss. A talented craftsman, you can see all of his created touches that brighten our Florida home. He rightly took pride in his exquisite work. And, of course, he was involved year after year in the Penthouse's inner workings. Seeing the big picture, he always tried to lead the Penthouse in the proper direction.
He would always humbly tell you that his formal schooling had been limited. However, he was actually one of the most learned people that one could meet. His interests were so varied. And when he shared some of his knowledge in response to a question or just a topic in a conversation, you soon knew that he could easily recall and share the fullness of his learning. He personified the true meaning of being a "Renaissance man."
Because he left such a large footprint in our lives and on our hearts, it makes his loss all the harder to bear. We will miss that lovey, happy face. I guess that God said to him - "Come on up and sit down. Let's talk..." and off he went.

Dick & Jane Buehner

September 16, 2021

Virgie,
This third death is way too much for you to have to bear. You know that Tony never would have left you unless it was out of his control to prevent it. Not you and his beloved life in paradise.... Life can be so unfair.
And this time of COVID makes this transition unduly hard. Thank goodness you have the support of Michael and Bonnie Jean during these awful days.
We are so sorry that we will not be able to be there this weekend. Our hearts break for you and Michael and for what you are going through. All of this came too soon in his life. He had so much more to do. We only wish that he had gotten that time.

Don Henry

September 15, 2021

My golf buddy and dear friend Tony was one of the most pleasant and kind men that I have had the pleasure of knowing. He had the gift of bringing brightness to wherever he was. As others have mentioned he was gifted in so many ways. Recently at his 89th birthday celebration I recall Virgie mentioning that a lot of people do not realize how gifted he is. I would agree with that and I believe the reason is that he was an unassuming man who was content with achieving things and not seeking the spotlight. His inquisitiveness and pursuit of knowledge was admirable. Tony was a very kind and giving man who was more than willing to be of help no matter the need. I truly believe that the world was a better place because of him and I like so many others will miss his presence.

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