Anthony G. Veltri
November 12, 1918 – February 12, 2021
Anthony G. Veltri, was born November 12, 1918, just a day after the WWI Armistice. He passed peacefully February 12, 2021, aged 102 years. Known to his many friends as Tony, he was born the second of three children. He is predeceased by his parents Ercole and Esterina Veltri, his loving wife, Joyce Veltri (Shuler), his sister Millie (Muratore), and his brother Paul. He is survived by his four children, Eric Veltri, Clorinda (Cloe) Gibson, Paul Veltri, and Karen Veltri, his son-in-law Stephen Gibson, and daughters-in-law Yanhua and Maria Veltri, all of Palm Beach County. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins all of whom will miss his joy of life and humor.
Tony was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, a proud first generation American. He graduated New Utrecht High School and attended Columbia University before enlisting in the Army following the bombing of Pearl Harbor during WWII. He was a Tech Sergeant on a Medical Transport Ship bringing supplies to the Panama Canal Zone where he contracted a disease, which necessitated his treatment at a VA Hospital in McAllen, Texas. It was there that the handsome Italian American charmer met and married his beautiful Texas rose, Joyce. They were married 57 years until her passing in 2000. Tony's pride in military service was evident in the pleasure he took attending the Honor Flight to Washington, DC with a buddy at age 95.
Tony worked in the insurance industry, lived, and raised his family in Baldwin, New York. He retired in 1975. After retirement, Tony and Joyce relocated to Coconut Creek, Florida where he was active in politics, having served as Vice Mayor, and town councilman for several years. In 1983, they moved to Rainberry Bay, Delray Beach, where he volunteered his service as a Code Enforcement Officer. Ever the outgoing, friendly personality, Tony was always a friend; no one was a stranger to him. Tony entertained friends and family playing piano at every opportunity. He was an avid sports fan, particularly baseball, football, and golf. He was also an excellent card player, winning poker games weekly until the pandemic closed the clubhouse in Rainberry Bay. But he always said that win or lose doesn't matter, he enjoyed playing the game with friends. Most importantly, he was truly the rock of the family. When asked how to account for his longevity, we proudly say that he was a happy, positive man who never complained and always said that every day was a great day to be alive. To say he will be sorely missed is truly an understatement.
A visitation will be held on February 27 from 12:00 -1:00 PM at Kraeer Funeral Home located at 200 W. Copans Rd Pompano Beach, FL 33064, followed by the funeral service at 1:00 PM. The interment will take place at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens at 1:30 PM. You may attend the service virtually: https://www.facebook.com/KraeerForestLawn/live_videos
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in his name to Disabled American Veterans.
- Disabled American Veterans
12:00 am - 1:00 pm
Kraeer Funeral Home
Kraeer Funeral Home
Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens
Anthony G. Veltri
February 22, 2021
My wonderful cousin Anthony has been part of my life since birth.
Growing up on 75th St. with Anthony and Joyce brings such wonderful memories. He was always there for us.
I will miss his beautiful smile and how he said my name with love when I went to see him.
He will always be in my heart and prayers.
Marie and Joseph Stroncone
February 20, 2021
My dear cousin was one of the sweetest people I have known. Always a smile and a kind word. It was a blessing if you were in his life.
One memory I will always have of him was at my mother's funeral in 1974. I could not seem to leave the grave site and for some reason Anthony turned to see me still there. He walked back, hugged me and put his arm around me and led me away.
He was just so kind in every way.
My husband, Joe and I will miss him very much.