Anthony L. Vitale
October 17, 1931 – November 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.
- Visitation Thursday, January 10, 2019
- Funeral Mass Friday, January 11, 2019
- Inurnment Friday, January 11, 2019
Anthony L. Vitale
February 8, 2019
The best years of my life were spent at Brueton as Tony's secretary. He was always polite, considerate and a gentleman. He never forgot special occasions. He introduced me as his "gem".
Tony was a devoted husband and father. He had "class".
My deepest sympathies to Angela and the Vitale family.
December 26, 2018
Goodness...this is sad news. What memorable human being Tony was.
His “presentation “ was incredible.
He used this term with me many years ago...
“over zealous”. It had to be 20 years ago.
I never forgot it. And I’ve used it many times and still do....quite fondly, I may add.
“Now now” I say “we don’t want to be over zealous.” I just love that...
He is most definitely a man that will be missed by so many. He was a proud man . He really was quite something. My condolences go out to his family. He has a wonderful family. ♥️
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
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