OBITUARY

Anthony R Fortunato

September 15, 1921April 30, 2021
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Anthony Richard Fortunato, 99, of Largo, FL, passed away on April 30.2021. Anthony was born on September 15, 1921 to Michael and Amilia Fortunato in Brooklyn, New York. He married the loved of his life, Frances Barbara Fortunato (Vastola), on June 8, 1946.

Tony received a degree in Law Enforcement and worked for the New York Police Department from 1951-1976. Prior to 1951 Tony, was a seamstress, jeweler, and watchmaker and from 1941-1945 he was in World War II as a Sergeant, Carbine Marksman, photographer in the 575th Bombardment Squadron in air offensive Europe, and Crooner in the Army Air Corp Jazz Band. He was stationed in England, France and Germany. Tony received the American Service Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, and Good Conduct Medal during his service.

In Tony’s later years he was the president of the New York City Columbia Association and he started a chapter of The American Legions in Queens NY. Once he moved down to Florida, he became a member of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Advisory Board and Zone Leader in Largo, FL. He was also a very active member of St. Jerome’s Catholic Church and community outreach programs.

Tony had a passion for entertainment, singing, dancing, performing, being a comedian, cooking, playing tennis, golf, calisthenics, and healthy living. He loved his family dearly and had a soft spot for his dogs. Tony is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Frances and his son, Craig.

He is survived by his daughters, Karen Maestranzi (Leonard) and Andrea Fortunato; Grandchildren, Michael, Jack, Ava (Mario), Sabrina (Joshua), and Tiffany; great-grandson, Giovanni Maestranzi ; many nieces and nephews and also his beloved dogs Dilly and Marley.

On Thursday, May 6th from 2pm-4pm & 6pm-8pm a viewing will be held at Serenity Funeral Home in Largo, FL. On Friday, May 7th a funeral mass will be held at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church at 11:30am, followed by entombment at 1pm at Serenity Gardens.

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Topic: Anthony Fortunato's Celebration of Life Live Stream at St. Jerome Catholic Church Time: May 7, 2021 11:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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  • FAMILY

  • Survived by: Daughters; Karen Maestranzi (Leonard) and Andrea Fortunato
    Grandchildren; Michael, Jack, Ava (Mario), Sabrina (Joshua), and Tiffany
    Ggreat-grandson, Giovanni Maestranzi
    many nieces and nephews and also his beloved dogs Dilly and Marley.

Services

6 May

Visitation

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Serenity Funeral Home

13401 Indian Rocks Road
Largo, FL 33774

6 May

Visitation

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Serenity Funeral Home

13401 Indian Rocks Road
Largo, FL 33774

7 May

Funeral Service

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

St. Jerome Catholic Church

10895 Hamlin Blvd.
Largo, Florida

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Joan Zipfel

May 5, 2021

My memories of Uncle Tony are all wonderful and loving. We spoke every couple of weeks when I was home in New York and every day when Don and I were down at our home in Florida.
When Uncle Tony was still driving he would come over
for a visit and sometimes I would convince him to stay for dinner. He had a special chair in our living room he loved to sit in and watch the water and the boats passing in the intracoastal. We often would take him out for lunch -and every time he would charm our server with his personality. No matter what we did together; we always enjoyed Uncle Tony ‘s wit, humor and his wonderful stories . He was a very special person and a beloved uncle who will always be remembered with love.
Joan & Don 💕xoxo

John Sessa

May 5, 2021

I know we are cousins, but we met 36 years ago this past April. I came down to Florida for vacation and stayed in St. Pete. After a few days I called Tony so he could pick me up and I would stay with the family for a few days. He came in the old station wagon to pick me up. I wonder what he was thinking when he first saw me. Back then I had long hair and dressed, well let's say not conservative. Just curious.
Anyway, lots of great memories over the years.
Two words, Hurricane Elena.

Donald Vastola

May 5, 2021

Uncle Tony will be best known for a lifetime of sacrifices for his family and friends along with his keen wit and sense of humor. He would often comment in his later years that there were few people left that he could discuss the old times with. That's obviously no surprise when you're blessed with 99 years on this earth. He had a passion for current events, was a true American war hero and someone that I looked up to very much. I will miss our long distance phone calls and that opportunity to reminisce on a regular basis. We were truly blessed with his love and friendship all these years and now he will have the opportunity to reap his hard earned reward in heaven along with Aunt Babe, Craig and all those he loved here on earth. He will always be in my memory and prayers. I salute you.

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Biography

Anthony Richard Fortunato, 99, of Largo, FL, passed away on April 30.2021. Anthony was born on September 15, 1921 to Michael and Amilia Fortunato in Brooklyn, New York. He married the loved of his life, Frances Barbara Fortunato (Vastola), on June 8, 1946.


Tony received a degree in Law Enforcement and worked for the New York Police Department from 1951-1976. Prior to 1951 Tony, was a seamstress, jeweler, and watchmaker and from 1941-1945 he was in World War II as a Sergeant, Carbine Marksman, photographer in the 575th Bombardment Squadron in air offensive Europe, and Crooner in the Army Air Corp Jazz Band. He was stationed in England, France and Germany. Tony received the American Service Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, and Good Conduct Medal during his service.


In Tony’s later years he was the president of the New York City Columbia Association and he started a chapter of The American Legions in Queens NY. Once he moved down to Florida, he became a member of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Advisory Board and Zone Leader in Largo, FL. He was also a very active member of St. Jerome’s Catholic Church and community outreach programs.


Tony had a passion for entertainment, singing, dancing, performing, being a comedian, cooking, playing tennis, golf, calisthenics, and healthy living. He loved his family dearly and had a soft spot for his dogs.
Tony is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Frances and his son, Craig.


He is survived by his daughters, Karen Maestranzi (Leonard) and Andrea Fortunato; Grandchildren, Michael, Jack, Ava (Mario), Sabrina (Joshua), and Tiffany; great-grandson, Giovanni Maestranzi ; many nieces and nephews and also his beloved dogs Dilly and Marley.

On Thursday, May 6th from 2pm-4pm & 6pm-8pm a viewing will be held at Serenity Funeral Home in Largo, FL. On Friday, May 7th a funeral mass will be held at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church at 11:30am, followed by entombment at 1pm at Serenity Gardens.