Anthony G. Mauro

May 17, 1932November 1, 2020

Anthony (Tony) G. Mauro, 88, of Southington, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020 after a year long illness. He was the beloved husband of Sylvia (DeRisi) Mauro. The couple was married for 65 years. Born May 17, 1932 in White Plains, NY, Anthony was the son of the late Anthony and Marie (Testa) Mauro. Tony served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. He retired from Pratt & Whitney aircraft after 25 years of service. A lifelong resident of Southington, Tony dedicated himself to the advancement of youth sports, coaching and serving on the Board of the Southern Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball until he turned his sports passion to tennis. Upon retirement from Pratt, Tony started coaching and was hired to run the Southington Park and Rec summer Tennis program in 2004. Side by side with his wife, Tony grew the program from 40 students to more than 400, sparking a passion for tennis and creating a feeder program to the high school and in 2008, Tony became the Southington High School Boys Tennis coach. During his 14 years as head coach, Tony led the team to more than 100 wins and a spot in the State Championships year over year until his retirement in 2020. In addition to his wife Tony is survived by his daughter Sandi Mauro and her husband Dieter Fehlinger of Thomaston; granddaughter Allie Thompson and her husband Ryne of Thomaston; his two sons, Alan and Tom Mauro and five grandchildren, Alan, Spencer, Olivia and Michael Mauro. He was predeceased by a brother Frank Mauro and a sister Rosetta Campagne. Services for Tony will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting support for a CT tennis initiative. Please send inquires to The DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Southington has been entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences please visit,


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Brad Mauro

December 2, 2020

I was very fortunate to have this man for an uncle. He always showed love and kindness to my brothers and me during the time we grew up in Southington, and for that, I will always be grateful. Fond memories of the kind of man I would like to be.

Pio Castellano

November 9, 2020

Dear Sylvia and the Mauro Family,

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I remember Coach Tony, from the summer recreational programs as a kid to the high school team now, always as a mentor I could look up to. The team and I share fond memories of Coach Tony, ranging from him playing touch the fence with us to his annual "No Bubbles" lesson, and I'll always remember the time we were blessed to share with him.

May God bless you and your family in this difficult time,
Pio Castellano

Michele Abell

November 7, 2020

Auntie Syl, Al, Tom, Sandy

I’m so sorry to hear about Uncle Zookie,
I’ll always remember watching the both of you ice skating and I remember the ice skating rink in the yard and the picnics by the pool. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

Michele Abell and family

james solomon

November 6, 2020

I have the utmost respect and admiration for Coach Tony of Southington High School. He did an excellent job with the tennis program at the school, and contributed significantly to our league and state tennis organizations. His passion for the game, love of coaching student-athletes and selfless devotion to the betterment of high school sports remain as standards towards which we should all strive. I send my condolences to the family and, especially, to Sylvia who was a much appreciated fixture at our Hall-Southington matches.

Michael Theriault

November 6, 2020

I first met coach Tony when I was in elementary school. After joining the parks and rec tennis camp he offered to give me one on one lessons. These lessons impacted me in more ways than I could ever imagine. Coach Tony really cared about me and worked tirelessly to assure I became a good player. I was always impressed with the contraptions he built and used throughout, such as a pvc pipe designed to help get the hang of serving. What were supposed to be hour long lessons easily doubled in time because coach Tony cared that much about me improving my game. Eventually he encouraged me to take part in match play during the summer, and finally he helped me work my way up to the SHS tennis team. Tony was such a great coach and balanced competition with sportsmanship and having fun. He really helped me grow as a person and introduced me to so many of the friends I still have today. I am forever thankful for all Tony has done for me and for Southington tennis as well.

Nancy Dulz

November 6, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Tony's passing. He was such a wonderful man and such a devoted and passionate tennis coach. My teams (Windsor & South Windsor) always had a great matches with the Southington team and he always taught his athletes to be great competitors as well as being respectful and gracious on the courts.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Katherine Lapico

November 6, 2020

Dear Mrs. Mauro, Allen, Tom and Sandy,

My sincere condolences with the passing of your father Mr. Mauro. We had some great times playing ball in the front yard and Mr. Mauro being ref for us to keep us honest. Take care of yourselves and I'm sending prayers to you all.

With a heavy heart,

Katherine Lapico

Alan and Donna Theriault

November 5, 2020

Dear Sylvia and family,
We were so saddened to hear of Coach Tony's passing. When our son Michael first began working with Tony as a 6th grader, it was immediately apparent how much he truly loved kids and tennis. His patience, kindness and encouragement while working with Michael was so incredibly refreshing. We would sign up for an hour of private instruction, which Tony would turn into an hour and a half or more, such was his dedication.

I vividly recall him telling me that his goal was to have Michael enjoy playing, and to also get a "belly laugh" out of him, as he was so serious. We loved the stories Coach Tony would share during and after these lessons. We also loved seeing the different contraptions that he engineered and loaded in and out of his car each week.

When high school came and Michael joined Coach Tony's tennis team we can honestly say it was a life changer for our son. Being part of those teams gave us all a lot to enjoy and made the high school years so much better for Michael. We are eternally grateful to have had Coach Tony as part of our lives, and could never repay him for all that he did for our son both on and off the tennis courts.
-Alan and Donna Theriault

Catherine Hoder

November 5, 2020

Coach Tony was such a great guy! My three kids, Alex, Sarah and James loved learning all about tennis from him at the Southington kids tennis camp. And then getting coached by him at Southington high school. He was such a sweetheart, and was always so supportive ! We pray for his lovely wife, Sylvia and his family!

The Hoder Family

James Nitz

November 5, 2020

Coach Tony,

After getting cut from the high school baseball team, I found tennis as my next sport. Freshman year, I didn't start once but I still had an absolute blast just being on the team and learning the game. Sophomore year, when you became head coach, the team became even more fun.

You introduced the ladder system, a system which held true the entire time you coached the team. I remember the other kids on the team laughing about it, when you first taught it to us in the classroom. They may have laughed that day, but they sure came to respect it!

What an excellent lesson, about how "looking good" truly didn't matter. It didn't matter how hard you served, what form you had when you hit your forehand, or what attire you wore. The players who won consistently earned their starting spot. You always gave everyone a chance and you taught all of us that hard work + the right opportunity can lead to great things. I still use your lessons from high school tennis, in my life today.

Thanks again for making high school tennis season so special each and every Spring season.

-James Nitz aka "The Lob King"

P.S. I'll always remember that time Fermi's head coach refused to play us again because of my style of play. You defended me that day, and you remained in my corner, forever. I am so grateful to have had you as my high school tennis coach.