December 13, 1934 - October 20, 2021
NEW HARTFORD - Mr. Anthony M. “Tony” Lumbrazo, age 86, passed away on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, surrounded by his loving family; he is now reunited with his beloved wife and son in Heaven. Tony was born on December 13, 1934 in Oneida, NY, to the late Rocco and Eunice (Lisi) Lumbrazo. There, he graduated from Oneida High School/Class of 1952, and then went on to attend Mohawk Valley Technology Institute. Tony earned his Associates Degree in Business Management from the Institute before he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1957. A patriotic man who was proud of his service, Tony had first been released from the Reserves, but then was activated once again in 1961 and sent to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Tony’s military service was served stateside until his honorable discharge as a Sergeant, which came in 1963. A man captivated by his beloved wife, Tony married the former Petrina M. “Pat” Ciuffo on October 22, 1955. She has since passed away on March 13, 2021 – only 7 months before her husband. Some are comforted to know that the pair is together again, as their love was a shining witness to all. Tony idolized his Pat, and held nothing back in their marriage. He took great care to treat Pat well – so attentive, one might say with “kid gloves” – and she humbly received those blessings. Additionally, Tony was a great provider for his wife and family. Their life together on Earth was a blessing, and now they are blessed to be together, with their son Tony, in Heaven; the couple once again united so they can celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary without the pain of separation. Motivated by his great love for his family, Tony committed himself to hard work and was appreciated by many employers. While still in school, Tony was hired by Robert Hall Clothing Store as a trainee, and soon after graduation, was promoted to Assistant Manager. He was transferred around to various locations within the company after several years – from Niagara Falls, to the Utica store, next to the Albany store, and then to the South Glens Falls location, where he remained for five years. In 1966, he was moved back to the Utica store, but this time, the relocation came with the promotion to District Manager for all of NY State. Tony persisted in that position until the dissolution of the company in 1977. However, Tony was a greatly sought-after professional, and only endured unemployment for one day! He was pursued and hired by Barker’s Department Store, where he became District Manager. This particular position was short lived, as the company was bought by Ames soon after. Under the new company, by 1983, Tony had become the Vice President of the company. He “retired” from Ames as their Senior Vice President of Operations in 1993. Anthony held several “retirement positions”, beginning at A Vitullo Inc., in the New Hartford Shopping Center. Not one to sit idly by, Tony also took on a position to recruit advertisers for the Observer–Dispatch, and finally officially retired at age 75. Yet even then, Tony continued working by doing accounting for his daughter Trina’s salon. He was a man with an extensive and prolific professional life! Though extremely successful in his career, Tony was a man driven not by the financial prestige, but by his values. The purpose behind Tony’s accomplishments was to provide for his family’s needs. By the example he gave, Tony instilled in his children the values of hard work, motivation, and bearing aspirations. Tony was likewise meticulous, and cared well for all parts – his attire, his home, and his possessions. He worked hard and valued his accomplishments. He passed along these tendencies and taught his children to stay the course, while reminding them to stay humble and never forget where they came from. Naturally, Tony’s children went on to experience professional success. When Tony was working, wherever he traveled, they followed; especially during the summer when they had many unforgettable experiences which made for great memories. Moreover, Tony prioritized enjoying many valuable moments with his kids by sharing the fun activities in life: swimming, coaching basketball, softball and volleyball. As a dad, Tony was a great mentor, and was interested in all aspects of each of his children’s lives. He possessed an extraordinary skill in that he bore an individual relationship to each child, making each feel special, loved, and held in high esteem. Not only did Tony do this for each of his daughters and his son, but for each grandchild! He was a supportive “Papa” who strove to have a healthy and encouraging relationship with all of his grandchildren; but had the opportunity to be especially close to Alexandra “Alexi”, Petrina “Beana Boops,” and Dominic “Domi”. “Papa” Tony passionately supported his granddaughter Alexi’s dancing by visiting her at dance classes from her youth, and sharing in her vision for obtaining the ultimate accomplishments. The two shared a special connection over their mutual proclivity to strive and succeed in life, as well as a joint interest in business ethics. He was committed to following “Beana Boops’” basketball games from the second grade, sitting in the front row – always in sight and cheering. Tony offered many comments of direction and inspiration, never missing a game and following her all the way to her Junior year of collegiate level ball at Utica College. This love began when she sat on her “Papa’s” lap and he shared his oatmeal with her. “Papa” and “Noni” babysat both girls and were like a second set of parents to them. As for his grandson Domi, “Papa” shared a particular bond with him, as boys will with their Papas. Domi always loved to know about the family’s heritage, so Tony guided and mentored him. Like his “Papa”, and because of his love and support, Domi also came to know success in all aspects of his life. A man who loved well, Tony was reciprocally well loved. At the end of his life, Tony was blessed with his great-granddaughter Amber, with whom he shared magical times. He was furthermore blessed by his daughters to receive the necessary comfort, love, and strength of care to lift his spirits. Their roles had been reversed, and Tony’s daughters honored him with outstanding acts of love that only beloved daughters could provide. All throughout his life, Tony loved the Lord. Raised as a Catholic, his actions reflected his deeply entrenched faith, his upbringing as an altar boy, and the influence of his parochial schooling. He embraced Catholicism and lived it well all his life. Tony prioritized getting to Mass each weekend, and when he couldn’t, he viewed it on the TV. Tony worshiped with the Catholic Community of Whitesboro at St. Paul’s Church. He was always inspired to hold a brighter outlook on life because of his understanding of the joy and lessons taught by the Lord. Tony believed that as long as you live, all things are possible – and armed with this belief, he constantly made good choices. Independence was so important to Tony’s way of life, that it is fitting the Lord would bless him by calling him home to Heaven when he became weary, and a cure was not to be. Tony is survived by his devoted daughters and son-in-law, Maria Lumbrazo, MSN-FNP-BC, and Trina and Michael DeMarco. The memory of Tony’s son, Anthony J. “Tony” Lumbrazo, who passed on March 21, 2005, was always held close to his heart. Tony is further remembered by his beloved grandchildren, Alexandra, and Petrina DeMarco; Anthony Lumbrazo, Dominic Lumbrazo and fiancée Kim McGonigle, twins Rocco, and Joseph Lumbrazo, and Erika Lumbrazo; as well as his cherished great-granddaughter, Amber. He also leaves behind his sister, Mary Anne Mahoney and her late husband Frank; and his brother and sister-in-law, Rocco and Nancy Lumbrazo. Tony’s memory will continue to be cherished by many nieces and nephews, who all remained respectful and in contact, especially acknowledging: Rocco and Diana Lumbrazo, Denya and Josh Rose, and Jimmy Ciuffo; great-nieces, great-nephews; cousins, Carol Ann and Doug Palmer; and his Aunt Josephine Loretti. He shared a closeness with his in-laws, Cindi Ciuffo and her late husband Larry, and Gaspare and Beverly Ciuffo. Additionally, Tony shared treasured friendships with: Theresa Monopoli and her late husband Angelo, who were long-time friends; Theresa was then a thoughtful neighbor who always watched over Tony and Pat; Pat Austin and her late husband Roy, who were forever friends with whom they raised their families together; and Doug and Kelly Witte, who assisted in any way they could and with whom Tony shared a wonderful friendship. The Lumbrazo family would like to express a very special “thank you” to Shannon Meyer, who tended to both Tony and Pat with great compassion and love. Visitation will be held on Tuesday evening, October 26, 2021, from 4:00 – 6:00 at Eannace Funeral Home, Inc., 932 South St., corner of Hammond Ave. The Lumbrazo family will gratefully accept donations to Feed Our Vets, which can be made in Tony’s memory online at https://secure.donationpay.org/feedourvets; envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Tony’s Mass of Christian Burial and Celebration of Life which will commence on Wednesday morning, October 27, 2021 at 11:30 at The Catholic Community of Whitesboro at St. Paul’s Church, 16 Park Ave., Whitesboro, with Military Honors conferred by the U.S. Army. Interment will take place at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Oneida, at the convenience of the family.
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