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Vancouver Funeral Chapel

110 East 12th Street, Vancouver, WA

OBITUARY

Anthony "Tony" Cangemi

April 8, 1937May 6, 2020

Anthony Cangemi, our beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, passed peacefully into the Lord’s presence on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at the age of 83.

Tony is survived by his son Chris Cangemi; stepdaughter Terri Lyn Sloan and stepson Scott (Robin) Bonesteele; siblings David Cangemi, Dorothy DiNoto, and Phillip Cangemi; grandchildren Nicholas Cangemi, Felicia Cangemi, and Rachael Cangemi; step-grandchildren Eric (Caroline) Fisher, and Ryan (Christine) Bonesteele; great-grandchildren Presley Boughten, Charlie Tucker, and Jack Tucker; step-great-grandchildren Jack Fisher, Elliott Bonesteele, and Elijah Bonesteele; as well as many relatives and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Giuseppe and Margaret Cangemi; siblings Rose Sullivan, Josie Fried, Mae Miller, Nicky Cangemi, Connie Malfa, Joey Cangemi, Johnny Cangemi, Butchie Cangemi, and Nancy Kirschman; and step-grandson Stephen Bonesteele.

Anthony “Buddy” Cangemi was born April 8, 1937 in South Boston, Massachusetts. He was the 8th child of 13 full-blooded Italian children born to Giuseppe and Margaret. Growing up in a post-Great Depression era, Tony’s inner work ethic drove him to work hard, learn new things, and make the most of what he was given. He was a jack of all trades with a willingness to take on any task and try anything new. Some of his early jobs included shining shoes, running a paper route, and working at the local Candlepin bowling alley. During his attendance at South Boston High School, he spent some time learning the skill of welding. In 1953 he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he advanced to corporal and proudly served his country for two years as a Field Artillery Batteryman. Honorably discharged from the military, Tony embarked on a successful career selling encyclopedias door-to-door. He was a natural salesman, which eventually led him to his next career path in Telecommunications as a Sales Manager. Ultimately, a health setback forced him to leave the Telecommunications industry, and he soon found his next opportunity: a business partnership with his stepdaughter Terri Lyn, where together they operated La Tazza, an Italian panini and coffee shop located in Seattle. Local folks flocked to La Tazza to enjoy authentic, handmade paninis and expertly crafted espresso drinks! After selling the coffee shop, Tony travelled south to Vancouver, Washington, where he spent several years serving as a youth Bible study leader at St. John Lutheran Church. Tony’s final calling was volunteering as a Foster Grandparent at Sacajawea Elementary School, where his love of life-long learning and his passion for teaching children shined brightly.

*Life-long learner *U.S. Marine Veteran *Reader *Storyteller *Jack of all trades *Teacher *Servant *Dancer *Lover of music and the arts *New England sports fan *Sharp dresser *Gardener *Connoisseur of Italian cooking *Bible student *Man of prayer *Faithful follower of Jesus

These are just a few words that describe our beloved Tony. Above all, he loved his family, he loved children, and he loved God. This was evident by the way he spent his time while here among us. We invite you to share with us your own words, photos, and memories of Tony by clicking on, “Add a Memory.”

A private family internment will take place at St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery, with a celebration of life to be held at a future date at St. John Lutheran Church in Vancouver, Washington. For those wishing to be notified of Tony’s celebration of life, please click on “Receive Notifications.”

Memorial contributions may be made to the Vancouver Public Schools Foundation, where a “Grandpa Tony” fund has been created to serve the needs of children at Sacajawea Elementary School. Donations can be made online at https://foundationforvps.org/donation-and-giving/ or by mailing your check to the following:

Vancouver Public Schools Foundation Sacajawea – In Memory of Anthony Cangemi PO Box 6039 Vancouver, WA 98668

Services

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Christopher Anthony Cangemi

May 25, 2020

Christopher Anthony Cangemi

May 24, 2020

Robin Bonesteele

May 22, 2020

Tony and I shared a love of cooking. He taught me how to cook a meal with ingredients I had on hand, and to enjoy the creative art of a properly plated dish. He had a well-seasoned palate and knew how to combine flavors to create a meal out of bare minimum ingredients. My cooking skills improved greatly under the instruction of Tony! Here he is making his famous butternut squash ravioli with browned butter and sage sauce. This is a dish he would craft from scratch every year, to start our Thanksgiving feast. Thank you for sharing your love of cooking with me, Tony. Your lessons live on in every meal I make with love.

Connie O’Donnell

May 22, 2020

Tony & I worked together for several years at Sacajawea in our Cedar Lodge program. Bobbi Devet was the Reading specialist and I was the learning support teacher. We worked with small groups of students needing additional assistance with reading and math skills. We also had a team of staff assistants that worked in our program as well . Tony worked one on one with many students. Tony was always so vibrant, outgoing & so helpful tutoring. Tony brightened everyone’s day & made us all smile. All the students wanted a chance to be with Tony. Tony always tried his best to get to know each student he worked with in a very personal way making them feel so special. Tony was always so dedicated. Besides having a teaching relationship with Tony we became good friends often times sharing about our families. Tony always showed an interest in my family as I did in his family... Talking about Boston, Boston Red Socks & trips to Italy... Tony always came to our social gatherings bringing a lovely Italian dish & of course wine! On one occasion he came to my home & was “the life of the party”... As the years passed & he began helping with Jeff Lee & Marcia Hobbs classrooms he always would go out of his way with kindness when we would have a visit. After I retired, I would run into him around Vancouver & we would always hug, smile & visit laughing & catching up on our families news... Tony always asked about my husband, Ryan & son, Chris & daughter, Sara. As I became a Grammy Tony also asked about my grand babies as well. One time I ran into him at Winco & he had a scooter & was so excited to show me the Italian flag on it! Tony brought so so much joy & lived life to the fullest.. I will cherish our friendship & will miss him dearly. Tony was indeed “the real deal”...

Marcia Hobbs

May 22, 2020

My friend Tony Cangemi leaves a lasting affect on all who knew him. As a volunteer at Sacajawea Elementary school, his engaging personality and willingness to help brought joy and laughter. His optimism was unwavering, and he instilled confidence in students. Outside of school, he was the faithful friend that attended attended weddings, concerts, and parties. We loved his stories, his dancing, and participation. Tony "ha adorato la vita". You will be missed.

Jason Vincent

May 21, 2020

I’ll miss him so much . He was always such a happy talk to you like it had been days not years since you saw him last. It was few and far between visits after I became an adult but was always great to see Uncle Tony. My fondest memory which I’ve told to many was in Seattle and he had just bought his red Porsche. He took Kimberly and I out to it and gave us a ride from the street to the parking garage. The Porsche’s key had a little light built in , (I thought that was the neatest thing ever as little kid) he said so you don’t scratch the paint in the dark and chuckled . And so many years later when Kim got married as I walked up to the church out of that red Porsche at the curb steps Uncle Tony . He still had it. I should’ve asked if the paint around the keyhole was still in good shape. RIP

Christopher Anthony Cangemi

May 21, 2020

So the story behind this photo goes like this. Dad was on his way to have lunch at his favorite dim sum restaurant only to find it closed /out of business. As he read the sign a man walks by and says "Ya...it's sad..." Dad asked the guy if he could reccomend a good place for lunch and the man said "Chen's Good Taste" around the corner. Well the rest is history...This is a picture of us enjoying the Super Bowl (A) Roast duck..roast pork..bbq pork...Shrimp/pork won ton...egg noodles..bok choy... broth!!!

Linda Jo Greene

May 16, 2020

I met Tony when I came to live at Continental Condos. I was fortunate to live in the same Building as him. Out of 100 Units he was a favorite! He treated me like a daughter and I could always count on him with anything I asked help for. He could swim the full length of the pool underwater and when my four year old granddaughter came to live with me she would get up on a chair look over the fence and yell for Tony in his yard to come watch her jump off in the deep end, he'd run right over! Kids were drawn to him.
Loved seeing his garden and what he planted; Italian fava beans, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and potatoes. A couple years ago I told him I needed to plant some vegetables in the ground but I had a whole section of good sized cement blocks there. He ran to the garage, got a screw driver and crowbar, he took the first one up without breaking it and then handed me the tools .
When I brought home my rescue dog, I told him they said this dog's name is Tarantela, weird. He said, oh that's an Italian dance.
I miss my lively Italian neighbor! Can't wait till the day I see him in heaven, and once again he will welcome me with open arms. I love you Tony!

Doris LeCount

May 16, 2020

I knew Tony from church at St. John Lutheran. Not only was Tony's knowledge of the Bible extensive, he retained everything he read. He paired his love of scripture with his love of sharing it with others. Over the years Tony was a Sunday School teacher, Logos Bible leader, Confirmation group guide, and adult Bible study leader. As a fellow participant in adult study classes, Tony was able to draw from his extensive reading, often quoting lengthy passages verbatim. His comments made meaningful connections with the topic at hand, stretching our thinking to examine our walk with God in new ways.
Over the past year, without Tony in class, I would sometimes think, "I wonder what Tony would say about this topic?"
I miss him.
We miss him.

Katherine Kennedy

May 16, 2020

I went to Sacajawea for elementary school. Grandpa Tony was one of my favorite staff members. He was a great mentor, surrogate grandfather, and role model. I remember when he dressed up as the Cat in the Hat on Dr. Seuss day. Even when I had left, whenever I would visit, whether it be the school carnival, the book fair, or just volunteering, he would never hesitate to give me the biggest hug he could and ask me how life was going. I will miss him dearly, he touched my heart in so many ways, and I'll always remember his as one of the best and most supportive people in my life

FROM THE FAMILY

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