Anthony Joseph Bevacqua

December 3, 1924November 8, 2010

Anthony “Tony” Joseph Bevacqua, Jr., 85, of Raleigh, passed away peacefully Monday night, November 08, 2010.

Tony, the son of the late Anthony Joseph and Theresa Ann Bevacqua, was born December 3, 1924 in Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania. Tony was raised with his five siblings: Margaret Marino, Joseph Bevacqua, Vera Galeazzo, Gloria Bevacqua and Rose Ruberto who all preceded him in death.

Tony was a decorated veteran of the US Army serving in WWII. His company fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was seriously injured in combat and received a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. After returning from his service, Tony earned his Bachelor and Masters Degrees from Eastern Kentucky University. Tony dedicated his career to the North Carolina Community College system where he served as the Vice President of Curriculum and Development for thirty-six years. During his career, Tony served with four of North Carolina’s Governors: Terry Sanford, Jim Hunt, Luther Hodge and Bob Scott. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Prevention of Blindness and the Ford Consumer Appeals Board.

Tony married Emma Nash Boyd on March 4, 1944 and raised four children. Tony, often lovingly referred to as Papa Tony, was well known for his charm, strength, and love of all things Italian. One of Papa Tony’s greatest joys was his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. After his retirement, Tony enjoyed spending time at his lake house on Lake Gaston, Casa Aqua. Tony was also an avid golf player.

Tony is survived by his wife, Emma and three children: Rick Bevacqua, Terry Richardson and Tim Bevacqua and his wife Suzi Bevacqua. He is also survived by nine grandchildren: Tal Bevacqua, Lib Bevacqua, Amy Richardson, Emily Richardson, Catherine Richardson, Brett Magnum, Natalie Bevacqua, Warren Bevacqua, and Robin Bolash; and three great-grandchildren: Emma Haverkamp, Risa Bolash, and Mila Bolash. He was preceded in death by his son, David Bevacqua.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, November 20, 2010 at White Memorial Presbyterian Church 1704 Oberlin Road Raleigh, NC 27608.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a charitable contribution in his memory to Honor Flight ( Honor Flight, Inc. Attn: Diane Gresse 300 E. Auburn Ave. Springfield, OH 45505

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Jim White

November 18, 2010

Dear Em, Terry,RIcky,and Timmy,
So sorry to hear of Tony's passing. I'll always have lots of fond memories of our times on King Richard Rd. I think Tony and C.A. definitely created a "third personality"whenever they would get together. Everyone will miss him.

November 14, 2010

Please accept my deepest sympathy in your loss of Tony. I appreciate having more than thirty years association with Tony. He provided many contributions and excellent leadership for the system. My wife,Verna, and I send each of you our love and prayers. Roger Worthington

November 13, 2010

Dear Em and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I It's been years since I've seen you but I'll always remember you as one of my favorites at SHS. Brenda (Reiter) Scott

November 12, 2010

Dear Rick and family,

My condolences in the loss of your father. He was quite an impressive gentleman. Thinking of all of you during this time.

In sympathy,

Diane Arnaiz Garner

November 12, 2010

Dear Emma, Leslie, Robin and Warren,
Just a note to let you know that we are thinking about you and your family this weekend as you focus on your memories of Tony and his good and full life. Thank you for the wonderful biography in the obit.
With love, Lide and Bill Anderson