Anthony J. Geraci

December 27, 1926August 4, 2013

Anthony Joseph Geraci died on August 4, 2013, surrounded by his wife and children and at peace with the world. He was 86 years old.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ella, and his children Barbara Harvey (Glenn), John (Susan), William (Linda), Michael (Lori) and Anthony (Anne). Nine grandchildren survive to carry on his work for justice and service to his fellow man. He was predeceased by his beloved sister Frances.

A native of Rochester, NY, Anthony was born on December 27, 1926 to Italian immigrants Joseph and Madeline Geraci. He graduated from East High School, Alfred University and the University of Buffalo School of Law. His studies were interrupted by service in the US Army during World War II, where he worked as a radio repairman. In 1961 he moved to Penn Yan, NY and spent the next 51 years in his beloved adopted hometown.

He served as the First Public Defender for Yates County, NY for over 25 years. He was also the attorney for the Village of Penn Yan and was very active in the local legal community. Tony was a charter member of the Penn Yan Lions Club, serving as President and overseeing many community projects, including the installation of the playground at Red Jacket Park. He was a dedicated parishioner at Saint Michael’s Church.

He was a great father and husband, and was well known among his many friends for his smile, humor and pranks. He was a hard worker who sought justice for all whom he represented. His was the epitome of a life well-lived.

Callings hours will be at Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, 201 E. Elm St., Penn Yan, NY on Sunday, August 11, 2013 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Funeral Mass will be at Saint Michael’s Church in Penn Yan on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 11:00am.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Penn Yan Lions Club, Saint Michael’s School or the Charity of one’s choice.

Family and friends may sign the guestbook at


  • Visitation Sunday, August 11, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, August 12, 2013

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August 14, 2014

Anthony was my mothers first cousin and was my sponsor at my Confirmation, I always looked up to him and was proud to have him as a relative. I was saddened to learn of his passing.

Charles Ange
Manhattan, NY

Ron Dailey

August 12, 2013

To Mrs. Geraci,Barb,Bill & John,

I'm so sorry to hear about your husband & dad's passing. He was a good man and will be missed.You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Todd Butler

August 12, 2013

I never had the privilege of meeting your dad, but I wanted to say to the whole family, especially John and Sue, how sorry I was to hear of his passing. My thoughts are with all of you.

August 12, 2013


I am very sorry to hear about your father's death. From what you have told me it sounds like he was a great man. If you need anything call me.

Joe Baldino

Raymond Knafo

August 11, 2013

Dear Geraci Family-

Our entire family was sadden to hear the news of Tony's passing. We have very fond memories of him as a kind neighbor and family friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

The Knafo Family

Tiffany Sorgen

August 11, 2013

I will really miss Tony's wit, wisdom and wisecracks. As a new attorney I remarked to him as he celebrated a milestone anniversary in the practice if law that I hoped to have a career like his. He responded, "Be careful what you wish for, kiddo!" My deepest condolences to the family and everyone whose life Tony touched.

Susanne Guarney

August 9, 2013

Sorry to hear about Tony. I know my dad always enjoyed spending time with him at Lion's Club meetings. When we would go with my dad on Father-Daughter nights, we would sit with him. There was usually always a prank or two to be had at the table. Tony was never opposed to helping out a Tail Twister every now and then. He always made those evenings fun. I know that he will be missed.

Michael Hein

August 8, 2013

Great men leave a legacy, the greatest of which is their children. Tony, our condolences to you and your family

Jeffery Condon

August 7, 2013

Sending our love to all of you during this very difficult time. We're so glad we got to visit with Uncle Tony while we were in NY this past November.

Tim Christensen

August 7, 2013

There are many measures of one's life, and certainly, one's children are among the truest measures. Tony Geraci, Jr. and I grew up from kindergarten, and I knew Mr. and Mrs. Geraci through St. Michaels and many other Penn Yan groups or Penn Yan Academy. Tony Jr., I count as among my best friends through high school and college, and all the Geraci kids are great. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.