Anthony L. Vitale

October 17, 1931November 27, 2018

Anthony Louis Vitale of Wilmington N.C. and formerly of Garden City, N.Y., passed away sleeping peacefully during a short stay at a local hospital on November 27th.

Mr. Vitale was a proud first generation son of his mother, Anna Esposito Vitale and his father, Vitale Vitale. Born in a largely Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn on October 17th, 1931, only days after his mother Anna arrived in their newly adopted country. Tony couldn’t have been more proud of his family, his heritage and his country.

After falling for his high school sweetheart, then Angela Viola, Tony was drafted into the army during the Korean war where he served honorably and with pride. Not long after returning from his time in the Army, Tony wasted no time proposing Angela Viola become Angela Vitale, which began their marriage of nearly 65 years.

Hardworking and destined for success, Tony then partnered with Bruno Saudino, together forming a furniture manufacturing business that went on to grow larger than their wildest dreams.

Tony is survived by his wife, Angela; and two children, Diane and Gregg. In addition, Tony leaves behind 5 grandchildren, namely Gabriella, Anthony Cameron,

Emerson, James and Brian, in descending age order. Most recently, Tony was blessed with his first great-grandchild, Rylie, daughter of his eldest granddaughter, Gabriella.

He is also survived by two of his four sisters, Rita DeLuise and Yolanda Gruseke and their respective families, all of whom he loved so very dearly. Never to be forgotten, was the loss of his two other much loved sisters, Vincenza and Candida, whose memories he kept alive with never-ending stories about them.

A devoted member of many boards and member of the Knights of Columbus, Tony was a devout member of St. Mark’s Parish here in Wilmington. He had a love of God and family that made him a wonderful husband, a great Dad and loving brother, grandfather and uncle. Not a man easily forgotten once met, Tony will be sorely missed by family and friends alike. A visitation will be held from 5 to 7pm on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral & Cremation Service. The Funeral Mass will be held 11am on Friday, January 11, 2019 at St. Mark Catholic Church, 1011 Eastwood Rd, Wilmington. Inurnment will be held at Oleander Memorial Gardens.


10 January


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Coble Ward-Smith Funeral & Cremation Service

3915 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, North Carolina 28403

11 January

Funeral Mass

11:00 am

St. Mark Catholic Church

1011 Eastwood Rd
Wilmington, North Carolina 28403

11 January


Oleander Memorial Gardens

306 Bradley Drive
Wilmington, North Carolina 28409


Anthony L. Vitale

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December 1, 2018

Please accept my deepest condolences in your loss. As you cope during this difficult time, find strength in the words: “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those....will hear his voice and come out.” John 5:28,29

Albert Guastafeste

November 29, 2018

I remember Uncle Tony for the class and character he had.his warm loving and sophisticated personality he had.he was a loving husband to Aunt Angie and a loving father to Gregg and Diane as well to grandfather to their children.He was the epitome of class in everything he did.Hr was a Successful business man when he was President and CEO of Bruton . His love for music and the arts was amazing.I remember walking into their house on Whitehall Blvd in Garden City around the holidays and heating Barry Tuckwell on French Horn.We will all miss him tremendously