July 8, 1914February 17, 2018

Anthony Verderame, 103 Helped restore the crown on the Statue of Liberty Anthony Verderame was born in Manhattan, N.Y., on July 8, 1914. He owned his own contracting company, and worked to restore the crown of the Statue of Liberty. At 70 years of age, he built a home for his daughters with his own hands. He also enjoyed restoring old homes. His hobbies included painting, playing cards, collecting antiques, gardening (planting tomatoes and cucuzza longa) and watching his beloved Yankees. After retiring at the young age of 92, he spent his days doting over his great-grandchildren and taking trips to Atlantic City. Anthony passed away Saturday evening, Feb. 17, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 77 years, Marie; his children, Mary Jane, Barbara, and Little Barbara, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter, Rosemary, in 2003. Viewing will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 20, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., at Virginia Funeral Chapel, Dongan Hills. There will be a Mass on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m. at St. Ann's Church, also in Dongan Hills. Interment will follow in Moravian Cemetery. Virginia Funeral Chapel 1707 Hylan Blvd. Staten Island, NY 10305 (718) 987-2828

Published in Staten Island Advance on Feb. 19, 2018


  • Viewing Tuesday, February 20, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, February 21, 2018
  • Interment Wednesday, February 21, 2018


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February 22, 2018

Chrissy and Michael please accept our condolences we love u guys, Agnes and Bee

Rose F.

February 21, 2018

Just read of the passing of Mr. Anthony. He lived a long and exciting life! He was a gallant man, talented and very much loved. Marie, you were blessed to have a love for so long, yet one can never let go. Be reassured that God will never forget the love you both shared. His consoling words of Job 33:25&30 states HE will bring Anthony back from the pit to be enlighten with the light of life, for you to embrace again. Please take to heart God's comforting words for strength and hope, and my condolence for moral support for you and your family.

Anne DeMarzo

February 20, 2018

At one hundred and three, Tony told stories like they happened yesterday. He charmed us with his humor and was a remarkable example of dignity and personal drive . May God bless those who cared for him, especially in his late years, and included him like it was no effort at all. He leaves a remarkable legacy of love and strength. - Anne

February 19, 2018

Chrissy and Michael, I am so sorry for your loss xoxox

Tony Gonzalez Rios

February 19, 2018

Rest In Peace, Mr. Verderame and condolences to the family.