Anthony Joseph Zaccagnino Sr. or “Tony” of York, Maine passed away peacefully on Monday, December 14, 2020. He was 90 years old. Tony was born June 2, 1930 in Port Chester, New York to Angelo and Carmella Vaccaro-Zaccagnino. Tony was raised in Port Chester, moved then raised his family in Harrison, New York. He is survived by his children, Anthony Zaccagnino Jr. (spouse Adelaide), Michael Zaccagnino (spouse Diane) and Patricia Ann Rullo (spouse Frank). He has five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Tony was one of ten siblings (Pasquale, William, John, Angelo, Salvatore, Beatrice, Donata, and Anna, and Giambattista).
Tony Zaccagnino was a unique character; his smile was infectious, genuine and he could light up a room.
Tony had a great heart. He loved people - all types of people - and would talk to everyone. He really loved socializing and was known to start conversations with those he didn’t know. He often mentioned his nick name… the name his nieces and nephews called him “Uncle Yuk”; a name acquired at five years old from the neighborhood women due to his excessive talking.
His mother and father were married at 16. Being one of ten children (one brother passed at the age 2) it was easy to get lost in the shuffle. As third youngest, Tony had a remarkably close relationship with all his siblings. He had a special place in his heart for his mother, whom he would visit multiple times a week and help upkeep her home.
One thing Tony has in common with all Zaccagnino’s was his faith and their love of good Italian food. His best memories were of holidays – notably Christmas Eve when the entire family would gather (many times over fifty at a time) at his brother’s house where family would stay up all hours of the night talking loudly, challenging one another, playing cards, laughing, and of course eating!
Tony had many professions during his life. He and his brother Sal founded and operated an Italian deli; For many years he drove a taxi (which included transporting many professional athletes, politicians and celebrities); he eventually he founded a transportation company focused on assisting the physically and developmentally challenged. Tony would regularly share stories of the fun and games all would have during their trips around Westchester County. Whether providing ice cream, other foods, gifts and entertainment, it was his hope to bring a smile to their faces.
Tony was very health conscious; he loved training and continued his workouts up until his passing. He always loved fashion and was usually the sharpest dressed in the room. He was a very smooth, charismatic conversationalist.
Tony loved his country and as a result honorably served in the US Army where he served in the Korean War. He was awarded a Korean Service Medal W/2 Bronze Service Star United Nations Service Medal. He would tell articulate stories about his experiences in the Army.
Tony met his future wife (Olga Mazzola-Zaccagnino) while in high school; they dated and where engaged during his military deployment. Both were socialites; both excessively generous and would give the shirt from their backs - and both shared a love for the beach.
The family’s fond memories included the two on the dance floor, where they appeared happiest - and as some described they seemed to float on air. They built their life together and had three children, five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Growing up the family fondly reflects… there were many great memories – the reunions on both sides of the families - the traditions - as well as many intimate gatherings with Tony’s children and grandchildren at his son’s house.
Later in life Tony moved to Maine with his companion Linda and enjoyed multiple years with her and her family. He was blessed to have another family that loved him dearly.
Tony was fortunate to have had so much love surrounding him and he was grateful to live such a long life. He was content and very peaceful and more recently reflective - knowing he was surrounded with love from his family.
To honor Tony’s life, a church service will take place at St. Gregory the Great Church in Harrison, NY and a funeral burial service will be conducted at the Greenwood Union Cemetery, 215 North St. Rye, NY in the Spring of 2021. To send flowers to the family, plant a tree in memory of Antonio J. "Tony" Zaccagnino, or to place an online condolence, visit www.lucaseatonfuneralhome.com.
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