OBITUARY

Anthony "Tony" Frank Stumpo

February 9, 1928July 5, 2019

Listen, my children, And you shall hear; "Stump" on the jump, C'mon, lend an ear!

Tony was born in Rome, New York on February 9, 1928 to Constantino Stumpo and Theresa Procopio Stumpo. In 1945, he graduated from Rome Free Academy in Rome, NY and began a lifelong career in music and entertainment. He served in the US Army as a member of three different bands.

He began taking piano lessons, which were 50 cents per week, when he was eight years old and eventually became the teacher's pet. When Tony was 15 years old, he was asked to play in a seven-piece band six nights a week. He did this for about a year before joining the Army. For over 76 years, he was an entertainer and played with several different musical groups traveling from New Jersey, New York to Pennsylvania playing the piano, singing and entertaining in clubs. He was a piano player for the popular comedic group called the Park Avenue Jesters for three years. He also played in many Atlantic City casinos, The Shack in Philadelphia and Kenney's Suburban House in Cherry Hill, NJ, just to name a few. He was a singer, arranger and pianist of the American standards like Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett - never using a sheet of music.

In 1989, Tony and his wife Alma moved to Raleigh where he worked with his son, Ron, at Air Purification Inc. for nearly 30 years. He was at the office as recently as Wednesday! Tony continued to play piano and sing after moving to Raleigh, entertaining patrons at Maggiano's at The Streets of Southpoint, the Angus Barn Wild Turkey Club as well as his neighbors and the community of Magnolia Glen, where he resided for the last seven years.

He loved nothing more than to entertain people whether playing the piano and singing or just having conversation. Above all else, Tony was a family man that loved being with his family and grandchildren. As his grandchildren began playing sports, he attended all of their soccer, basketball and baseball games.

Tony was predeceased by his parents and his beloved wife, Alma. He is survived by her daughter Pam (Steve) Gray, of Malvern, PA and son Ron (Denise) Stumpo, of Raleigh; grandchildren Lauren Blei, Sarah Stumpo, Elle Stumpo, Mitchell Stumpo; sister-in-law Viola Moses, along with many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, July 7th at 2 pm at Mitchell Funeral Home, with family to receive friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Transitions LifeCare - 250 Hospice Circle - Raleigh, NC 27607.

Services

  • Memorial Service Sunday, July 7, 2019

Memories

Anthony "Tony" Frank Stumpo

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Teri Kayati-Baines

July 10, 2019

My condolences to your family. I remember Tony when he lived in NJ. I remember him visiting and he and my dad, Richard Kayati, both playing the piano. He was an excellent entertainer! I am sorry for your loss.

Lauren Blei

July 6, 2019

There was no better Grandfather...
A man who would “sniff for M&Ms”, play any song, and always let you know how much he loved you. I find peace in knowing he’s with his true love, my Grammy, Alma Stumpo. No two people have been loved more.

Lori Moses

July 6, 2019

We all loved Uncle Tony very much, he was such an amazing person. My favorite memory was the summer we stayed with Aunt Alma and Uncle Tony at the shore! Uncle Tony was an entertainer at a club. He sang and played the piano. He sang one song just for me "Hello Dolly" , I felt so special ❤, Dolly was the nick name my father called me. That was a once in a lifetime thrill. We are sending our family prayers and love. 🙏❤🙏❤🙏❤🙏❤

Nora and Lou Ockey

July 6, 2019

My “funnest” memory was when Pam and I shared our summer place in Avalon and would go watch Tony perform in Atlantic City. Always a gentleman with a huge smile and a song! But more than that, I remember always feeling so welcome in their home, a loving family and a dog who stole turkey! I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of that circle of love and extend our heartfelt sympathies to Pam, Ron, all their children and extended family and friends. My heart aches for your loss.

Dennis Chapman

July 6, 2019

To the entire Stumpo family, Terry and I share your sorrow with the loss of Grand Pop and his impact in all of your lives. He and Alma were truely the glue that made you the outstanding family that you are! May the days ahead be filled with fond memories and talk of what a he meant to each of us who were blessed with his music and laughter that you too continue to carry as a family.
Friends as always,
Dennis & Terry Chapman

Philip Marone

July 6, 2019

Dear Ron and Family,

It is very sad to here about Dad/Tony. I/we have such wonderful memories of him. He was a wonderful, kind, caring, funny, loving, humble man. He will be missed. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. Please tell all that we extend our heartfelt sorrow for your lost.

I also trust all is well with you and your family. We have moved to Sun City Hilton Head, Bluffton SC and are enjoying retired life.

Love, Philip & Christina Marone

Bob Giglio

July 6, 2019

I had the pleasure of being introduced to Tony by Jeff Rawls about a year ago at their office. Heard a lot about Tony and all was true after speaking with him. What a gentleman from the Greatest Generation.
So sorry for your loss.

Joan Lomery

July 6, 2019

Please accept our sincere sympathy. Fondly, we remember your Dad playing and singing to his family and friends. He just lived to entertain one and all. May those wonderful memories sustain you and support you not only today but forever. He will always be a song in your hearts,
Thinking of you,
Joan and Mark Lomery

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