Anthony J. Puma

January 26, 1936September 4, 2020


Anthony J. Puma (Tony), 84, passed away peacefully on Friday September 4, 2020 at home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; with his loving wife and children by his side.

Tony was born in New York City on January 26, 1936, son of the late Vincenzo and Guisippina Puma. He graduated from Dewitt Clinton High School, received a BA from Fordham University and a degree in law from St. John’s University.

Tony was a prominent attorney, who had a very successful law practice in both the Bronx and Westchester County for more than 50 years; he had the distinguished honor to be admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. In addition, he developed and owned both commercial and residential real estate.

In 1965 Tony married the love of his life Ann Denaro Puma. He leaves behind his fond memories to be cherished by his wife of 55 years, his beloved three children, Vincent Puma, Anthony Puma Jr. (Angela), and Joann Pfaffenberger (Walter II); his two grandchildren whom he adored, Walter III and Emma; his sister Marie Fortunato; and numerous nephews, nieces and extended family.

Tony was a small man in stature with a larger than life personality. His bright smile, kindness, and sense of humor will always be remembered. Tony enjoyed golf, travel and socializing with family and friends. He resided in Irvington-on-Hudson, NY most of his married life and was a longtime member of the Ardsley Country Club in Westchester NY, and the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens FL.

A private Catholic requiem mass was celebrated on September 8, 2020, at the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola. A celebration of life will be held in the future. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in memory of Tony to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation (


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Scott and Lisa Hawkins

September 14, 2020

We were deeply saddened to learn of Tony’s passing. His dynamic personality and wonderful sense of humor will be missed on The Island. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.
The Hawkins

Stacey Krejci

September 11, 2020

To the entire Puma family,

We are heartbroken for your loss and are beside you in this time of mourning and grief. I have known your entire family since I was just 3 years old, you've been a 2nd family to me and I love you all. I have so many amazing memories of Mr. Puma: sleepovers at your house, dinners out, holidays, trips to Florida, graduations, weddings, births and many more. I will never forget what an amazing man he was to everyone. He was one of the most generous, smart, kind and loving people and I was blessed to have known him so long. I am so glad I was able to visit with you all last year. My deepest condolences to you all.

With the upmost respect and love,
The Krejci Family

Life Well Lived
A life well lived is a precious gift
Of hope and strength and grace,
From someone who has made our world
A brighter, better place
It’s filled with moments, sweet and sad
With smiles and sometimes tears,
With friendships formed and good times shared
And laughter through the years.
A life well lived is a legacy
Of joy and pride and pleasure,
A living, lasting memory
Our grateful hearts will treasure
- Author Unknown


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