May 9, 1925 – October 3, 2021
Anthony Gatt May 9, 1925 – October 3, 2021
Anthony “Tony” Gatt of Fort Myers, Florida died October 3, 2021, surrounded by the love and warmth of his eldest son Rick, daughter Amelia, and grandson Thomas and caretaker Arianna in Arlington, Texas. He was 96.
The oldest of eight children, Tony was born May 9, 1925, in Marsa, Malta to Benjamina Gatt and Carmel Gatt. Tenacious, determined, and strong-willed from the beginning, he forged a path to Detroit, Michigan in 1946. There he worked tirelessly with a mission to pave a future of security and opportunity for his family and later for his children, Rick, Maureen, and Jeff.
A pipe fitter with Wood Mantel & Tile by day and Ford Motors by night, Tony established his legacy as an endless provider before retiring to Florida. With his weathered hands he built and renovated homes for many of his loved ones, including each of his children, crafted magnificent landscapes, prepared feasts akin to a chef, and served delicious banana splits.
Beloved by so many, Tony had many titles, including Son, Brother, Uncle, Husband, Dad, Nannu, and Big Nannu. He will be remembered for his great faith, lessons of hard-work and resilience, pride in his family, genuine care for their financial and physical health, jokes played on his grandchildren and great grandchildren, his signature wooden tobacco pipe, and his avid enthusiam for fútbol and the Detroit Red Wings. He will forever be appreciated for the perseverance, good sense, and work-ethic he passed down to each generation, the sacrifices he made in their honor, and the destiny he carved for them.
Though of short stature, Tony was seen as mighty by all that knew and loved him. When declining health eventually claimed that strength, it also brought him a softness we will always cherish. It developed in us patience, and it allowed us to reward him with the devotion he had for so long bestowed upon us. The joy he found in that endearment meant the world to him, and it was evidenced in his expression. For a man of few words, it could only be described as, “Super-Super-Super.”
As witnessed by the range of our successes, Tony’s mission is complete. His lasting legacy ensures that in his absence our homes remain warm, our food remains plentiful, and our wants remain trivial. For through him we have become the provider. His legacy will live on, in us and through us, and we take solace in the knowing that he can now rest easy with the Lord.
Tony was preceded in death by his first wife, Frances Gatt; parents, Benjamina Gatt and Carmel Gatt; sisters, Erminia (John) Cini, Iris Farrugia, Agnes Balda, and Josephine Gatt; and daughter, Deborah Sabino-Keith.
He is survived by his loving wife, Maureen Gatt; siblings, Joseph (Rita) Gatt, Mary (Emanuel) Cassar, Charlie Farrugia, and Carmel (Carol) Gatt; children, Rick (Amelia) Gatt, Maureen (Lennie) Victor, Jeff (Monica) Gatt, Janine (Mitch) Albom, John Sabino, Kathleen Sabino, Patricia (Rick) Krupske, and Gregory (Anne Marie) Ciupek; grandchildren, Michael Bosquez, Kevin Bosquez, Melanie (Nick) McFadden, Stephanie Gatt, Bryan (Tom) Victor, Sarah Gatt, Scott (Samantha) Victor, Samantha Gatt, Thomas Gatt, Lauren Gatt, Michael (Lindsey) Moore, Daniel (Kathryn) Kieth, John (Erica) Kieth, Nicole Sabino, Janine (Anton) Ruffino, Joseph Domish, Paul Domish, Laura Beth Domish, David (Jenny) Bammel, Alexander Hermann, Devon (Steven) Mason, Brittani (Adam) Perestam, and Joshua Ciupek; great-grandchildren, Joshua McFadden, Grace Victor, Lily Reaves, Madilyn Moore, Isabella Moore, Janine Keith, Gabriella Ruffino, Ava Ruffino, Mia Ruffino, Vito Bammel, David Bammel, Aria Mason, Ezra Mason, William Perestam, and Isaac Perestam; and many loving nieces and nephews.
His memory will be treasured and held dear by those he left behind.
A Catholic mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 1:00 PM at Saint John XXIII Catholic Church, 13060 Palomino Ln, Fort Myers, FL 33912. Live streaming is available for those who are not able to attend. Click on the link or copy and paste to your browser. The link is as follows: https://youtu.be/dX0P6Cf8gLM and a backup link at: https://youtu.be/iGsbLvgKluw Arrangements are being handled by Hodges-Kiser Funeral Home.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent to:
Saint Vincent de Paul (SVdP) C/O Saint Maria Goretti Catholic Church 1200 S Davis Drive Arlington, Texas 76013
- Maureen Gatt, Wife
- Joseph (Rita) Gatt, Brother
- Mary (Emanuel) Cassar, Sister
- Charlie Farrugia, Brother
- Carmel (Carol) Gatt, Brother
- Rick (Amelia) Gatt, Son
- Maureen (Lennie) Victor, Daughter
- Jeff (Monica) Gatt, Son
- Janine (Mitch) Albom, Daughter
- John Sabino, Son
- Kathleen Sabino, Daughter
- Patricia (Rick) Krupske, Daughter
- Gregory (Anne Marie) Ciupek, Son
- Mr. Garr also leaves behind: grandchildren, Michael Bosquez, Kevin Bosquez, Melanie (Nick) McFadden, Stephanie Gatt, Bryan (Tom) Victor, Sarah Gatt, Scott (Samantha) Victor, Samantha Gatt, Thomas Gatt, Lauren Gatt, Michael (Lindsey) Moore, Daniel (Kathryn) Kieth, John (Erica) Kieth, Nicole Sabino, Janine (Anton) Ruffino, Joseph Domish, Paul Domish, Laura Beth Domish, David (Jenny) Bammel, Alexander Hermann, Devon (Steven) Mason, Brittani (Adam) Perestam, and Joshua Ciupek; great-grandchildren, Joshua McFadden, Grace Victor, Lily Reaves, Madilyn Moore, Isabella Moore, Janine Keith, Gabriella Ruffino, Ava Ruffino, Mia Ruffino, Vito Bammel, David Bammel, Aria Mason, Ezra Mason, William Perestam, and Isaac Perestam; and many loving nieces and nephews
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Mass Of Christian Burial
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
October 13, 2021
I can say that Tony was such a sweet man to me and always made me smile. For 45 years I have been blessed to have known his daughter in law, Monica who is my dearest friend, and her husband Jeff Gatt.
I have heard so many stories, from Monica and her girls, of how He would often play and often be one of the kids, being silly with much laughter. They know their Nannu loved them very much. What beautiful memories that he lefted them with , Love from his heart. I always remember Tony giving a helping hand in anything that needed to be done. He was blessed with a special gift that he shared with his family, his hard work and making master pieces in everyone's homes, inside and out, always leaving a part of himself, his love to share. All these years what a blessing for me to see Jeff and Monica share this love with their children, the gift of hard work and master pieces.
October 13, 2021
You have been a huge influence in my life. From the very first day we met, you have shown me unconditional love. More than 40 years ago today when we told you we were getting married, you said, “I’ve always wanted another daughter”, and have you treated me like one from that day on, thank you for that.
I have grown so much from your example. Your generous heart, your love and devotion to Christ, our faith, and your family, praying the rosary, and watching daily mass has inspired more then most know.
You have been a role model, a guide, and a loving father to me for more years than I was given with my father who died when I was only 36 years old.
So many special memories of you. Landscaping our first home and surprising us when we came home from the hospital with our first born. Teaching me how to put a toilet paper roll on the holder ha ha ha before that day I didn’t even know there was a “proper way”. Climbing the huge tree with my dad to trim the branches in our second home. Building our forever home in that we cherish to this day. Hiding behind doors to playfully surprise the little ones and crawling on the floor with them having fun. You were the BEST Nannu & Big Nannu to our children and grandchild.
As you have always done for me I will continue to pray for all your loved ones. You will be missed greatly. I can only imagine Our Lord greeting you with “Well, done my good and faithful servant”. I could go on and on with the many great memories you’ve given us and all the great things you have taught me but I will and with this...thank you, dad. From the bottom of my heart, I love you, Monica
October 12, 2021
Wow, what an impression you made on everyone’s lives.
I remember the excitement of you taking us to Dairy Queen as kids, then after ordering, looking up and seeing you drive out of the parking lot, laughing and waving with all of us panicking.
There was a driven perfection that you always demanded when it came to the house and yard. I don’t run my leaf blower without thinking about the “fun” you and Jeff had when it came to the driveway and yard. Living in the country, this was new and a little scary for me at the time.
Through all the years, there was never a doubt as to how much you loved your family.
You will be missed,
Mary and Emanuel Cassar
October 9, 2021
Tony my dear oldest brother and your wonderful family, as you know words are difficult for me but the feelings of love and devotion are always there. I always remember how you used to try to scare us kids growing up by jumping out from behind the wall! You always laughed so hard when you succeeded. I also remember when you and Joe got into a big argument and started throwing tomatoes at each other, that our mom had on the table. Then when you ran out of tomatoes our mom made you clean everything up!! One of my favorite memories are you smiling eyes and laugh. You were always such a hard work but loved to enjoy yourself as well. Hope you have enough pastizzi in Heaven! Thank you for always telling me I cook good. That always made me feel good. I will miss you so much but I know you are forever happy with God. I will always pray for your family and make sure they behave. Be at peace.
Love your sister, Mar (Mary)
Tony and family I feel blessed to have had you as another brother in my life. Some of my fondest memories are getting together for holiday parties, summer picnics at the lakes and family pools with good food and lots of fun and laughter. New Year’s Eve party at our home in Allen Park playing the funny games like pass the life saver from one tooth pick to the other toothpick while in the persons mouth! I always enjoyed our conversations and all the wonderful meals we shared. You raised a beautiful family Now you will live on through them. Enjoy your heavenly reward. We love you always.
Leli ( Emanuel)
October 9, 2021
Uncle Tony and family…I have so many memories growing up in our large Maltese family, with the gatherings at the lake or pool in summer as well as holidays and milestone celebrations (especially at Roma Hall). I remember the smell of your pipe when you smoked it, I remember you coming over to our house in Allen Park after you got off work in the morning. The laughter, fun as well as listening to all of your sisters and brothers talking in Maltese when we all got together, are just a very few things that hold a special place in my heart. Thank you for giving me my special cousins Rick, Maureen and Jeff. You will be missed as a very special member of our family…the patriarch after Nannu, your father passed away. Be at peace and enjoy your heavenly reward. To your family I send my love and the love of my family along with prayers for peace and joy in your heart! Give everyone in Heaven a big hug for me!
Charlene, Shannon, Sabella, Caitlin (Justin), Lilly, Delaney and Kevin