May 29, 1936February 27, 2020

Anthony “Tony” Kolodziej, 83, passed away on Feb 27th after battling Dementia at Bethany Nursing Home in Nashville, TN. Tony was born May 29, 1936 to Anthony & Mary (Rojowska) Kolodziej in Northampton, MA, the youngest of 10 children. He graduated from Northampton High School – earning a letter from 3 different sports but where he shined the most was Football earning him a full scholarship to Michigan State University. One of most memorable memories at MSU was being on the “1956” Rose Bowl Football Team where he earned a game ball. His moves on the field weren’t the only exceptional move he made, the other was catching his “Beauty Queen” bride of 45 years Jean. After marrying his “Queen” he began his career in the Insurance industry which moved him to Nashville in 1960 where he started to call Nashville home. He managed several agencies before owning his own, Kolodziej Insurance Agency. Apart from selling insurance policies Tony had a passion for teaching the youth how to play baseball & football. He was one of the long-time leaders of the Flatrock Vols Youth Athletic Association where he inspired young men and taught them directions and morals which earned him the name “Coach”. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Jean, and survived by his four children, Joe Kolodziej (Amy), Jimmy Kolodziej, Linda Leath (Mark), Lisa Kolodziej, six grandchildren, Michael Kolodziej (Lori), Amy Kolodziej Ford (Brett), Kenzie Leath Galloway (Zack), Savannah Kolodziej, Kennedie Leath and Anthony Kolodziej and 1 great-grand child Zylan Galloway and many nieces and nephews. There will be a Celebration of Life service on March 9th at 4pm at Judson Baptist Church 4900 Franklin Road, Nashville TN with Rev. Ronnie M. Pittenger officiating, the family will receive friends from 2-4 pm. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Bethany Rehabilitation & Nursing Home. Honorary Pallbearers are all former Flatrock Vols players and coaches.


  • Bethany Rehabilitation & Nursing Home. Honorary Pallbearers are all former Flatrock Vols players and coaches


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Rhonda, Rylan & Scott Fowler

March 9, 2020

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Linda, Mark, Kenzie, Kennedie & Family;
Our thoughts & prayers are with you all!
Your father/grandfather touched the lives of so many in such a beautiful & inspirational way!
🌹May his wisdom be a voice
that lives in your hearts forever!
🌹May memories of your times together
fill your hearts with peace & joy!
🌹May you always feel his loving & caring presence in your hearts!
WE thank our Lord Jesus for blessing us with a special friendship with your family!
Rhonda, Rylan & Scotty Fowler
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Michael Dissinger

March 4, 2020

Feel like I shared a lot with Tony..... Spartan football, although 9 years later, my favorite coach, Hank Bullough, a teammate of Tony's. Also, the same birthday, May 29. God bless his family and surviving friends. Rest in peace.

Jennie/kenny West

March 4, 2020

Deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort are with you all during this difficult time.

Linda Johnson

March 4, 2020

I met Mr. Kolodziej through his daughter Linda, during our college years at APSU. I have to say that he was a huge presence and that I always felt at home when visiting. He was always cooking when I went to visit and introduced me to steak burgers (YUM!) and everything was always so delicious! He was always kind and a gentle giant in many ways through his enlightening energy. May you be blessed as you enter into God's kingdom. Thank you for opening up your home and heart (kitchen too) and making me feel welcome. xoxo Lj

Ron Kumiega

March 4, 2020

Condolences from the Kumiega family here in Western Mass.

Jim Kaiser

March 4, 2020

Please accept my deepest sympathy and condolence on the passing of Anthony. I met Joe at MSU when we played football together back in the late 70's and he was a fantastic teammate. Anthony and Joe will forever be a Spartan GO GREEN

John McCormick

March 4, 2020

My condolences to the Kolodziej family for your loss. While I didn't know him, I played football with Joe ('77-80) and I know how close he was with his dad. He must have been a good man and I know from experience that you never stop missing them, but it gets easier with time. GO Green.

Sonya McBride

March 3, 2020

To my #1 Pol, you rest in peace and know you are loved always. I will miss your jokes, smile and laughter. Lisa, I am so sorry for your loss, Tony was a great man. He is up in heaven coaching football and his memory fully restored.