Harmon Funeral Home


Anthony Butera

September 14, 1940January 13, 2021

Gifted photographer and prolific painter-Anthony Butera, 80, passed away on January 13, 2021, after a lengthy illness. He was the lifelong partner of Susan Ledwith, who shared his creativity and art. Anthony was known as being funny, kind and talented. Tony was a gifted photographer and a prolific painter in oils and watercolors whose artistic career spanned more than 50 years. His work appeared frequently in art exhibitions in Staten Island and Manhattan, and around the tri-state area. One of his specialties was producing watercolor paintings of private homes commissioned by their owners. These renderings reflect a combination of fine architectural detail and subtle interpretation. They are treasured by the people who commissioned them. Tony was an expert in all things Staten Island, with a deep well of memories and stories dating back to his childhood in the 1940's. When painting a Staten Island scene, he would often start by sitting in his car and absorbing it all. Tony is survived by Susan as well as his brother, Charles Butera, his sister Renee Viani, two nieces and four nephews. Visitation is scheduled at the Harmon Funeral Home from 3 to 7 p.m. on Monday, January 18. A funeral service will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 19 at 10 a.m. at St. Ann's Church (101 Cromwell Ave, Staten Island, NY). A private cremation will follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.


  • Visitation

    Monday, January 18, 2021

  • St Ann Church

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021


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Tara Adone-Fareri

January 18, 2021

RIP Tony....
You were always there capturing my special moments... communion, sweet16, wedding... I always remember looking over at you and seeing your sweet smile... your eyes through the camera lens always captured the moments in a way like no other... your paintings made the canvas come alive... you will forever be remembered and cherished❤️

Martha (Zucconi ) Dyke

January 18, 2021

I remember Tony as "Butchie" growing up on S I. He was my brothers good friend. He often brought stories and laughter to our home, a pleasure to be with. He also was our photographer at my wedding. He took an interesting photo of me leaving my kitchen with my dad's reflection in the glass of the door.

George Zucconi

January 17, 2021

I am so sorry to learn of Tony's passing. He will always be "Butch" to me since we met when I was 13 years old and his family lived across the street from our house in Dongan Hills. I think I spent almost as much time with Butch, his brother Charlie, and his family as I did with my own. They were the only friends I knew because we had just moved into our house then. Even later,
I felt much closer to Butch and Charlie than anyone else I came to know.

We all had our own quirks and oddities but those were all overcome by our friendship and desire to stick together. And when Butch developed his interest in art and photography, that made us bond even more closely, because I was hooked by those callings too. Both of us had a desire to see what was special in the mundane, especially in the cityscape of New York. I bought several of his watercolors of the city. One of them has been hanging in my bedroom for many years, so I am reminded of him every day. And it will stay there as long as I'm here.

Never met anyone quite like Butch and that made him unique and special to me. I will miss him.

Carole Edwards

January 17, 2021

Dear Chas,
Please accept my sincere condolences on the death of your dear brother, Tony. I just read the obituary on the S.I. Advance pages as I now live in Virginia (since 1994.) What a great talent and creative person Tony was! I have such beautiful memories of our families - Tony, your Mom (a dear friend of my Mom's) your sister, Renee and of course, you, Charlie . Coincidentally, I taught Susan Ledwith at St. Joseph Hill Academy as she was in one of my English classes. My home address is 155 Fincastle Ct., Daleville, Va., 24083 and my e mail is May Tony rest in peace. Love, Carole Edwards

Susan and Doc Adone

January 17, 2021

RIP Tony, "Butchie", cousin, son's Godfather, friend, lifelong VIP. Flagg Place covered in snow, Brownstones, stores in Jim Thorpe, Pa., scenes of Richmondtown, or just simply a drop of water from a water faucet at Moravian Cemetary. He took you there, though his photography and painting creating masterpieces, wearing one of his famous hats. Always an interesting story to tell. Told in "his way" you could feel it and see it. Genius and wit will always be missed.

Marie Paradiso

January 16, 2021

Dear Sue and the Butera family we are so sorry for your loss. Tony is at peace now no more suffering. He put up a good fight for yrs. He was a really nice person beautiful photographer and artist. Nice fun memories at Generos and Coles Dock Side he will be truly missed love from Marie Maryanne and Frank Paradiso and Angela Caterina. God Bless!

Victor Zucconi

January 16, 2021

Butch was more than a friend for 70 years; he was a younger brother who was always there to share and help.

Beatriz Zucconi

January 16, 2021

Tony was always fun to be with!

Victor Zucconi

January 16, 2021

Butch was more than a friend of 70 years; he was a younger brother who was always there to share and help.

Jeanne (Caterina) Walsh

January 16, 2021

Tony Butera was a family friend who was THE Photographer for many of my siblings’ weddings, including mine. He will always be remembered.