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Anthony Salvatore Fiotto

April 5, 1938 ~ April 28, 2022 (age 84)

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Fiotto, Anthony Salvatore Fiotto, Sr., son of Salvatore and Rose Fiotto, died at the age of 84 on April 28, 2022. Known by family and friends as both Tony and “Sonny.” He was born on April 5, 1938 in Brooklyn, New York. It was there, on a park bench in Fort Greene, he met Patricia, his loving wife of 65 years. They continued their courtship on the boardwalk of Coney Island and between the sand, the Cyclone and Nathans hotdogs, they fell in love. Their love affair produced 5 wonderful children and 10 beautiful grandchildren who they loved and adored and whom equally loved and adored them right back. An intelligent and gifted student, he graduated High school at 15 years of age and started his college career at Texas Christian University. A talented musician, he played the clarinet and the saxophone and as a young man he performed with his band “The Blue Notes” and, among other gigs, entertained passengers on the steamships on the Hudson River Line. His first job was at the Associated Press where he worked as a teletype operator, and after that he owned and managed apartment buildings in New Jersey. Following that he and Patty built a successful family printing business and relished in the fact that they were able to provide employment for family and friends. He enjoyed working with his hands and became a skilled, self- taught carpenter, plumber and electrician and delighted in helping with various projects for his grateful children as they acquired homes of their own. He also loved exercise, and continued until his death with his three-times-a-week routine with his work out buddies at Planet Fitness. He had a wonderful singing voice, and starting in his mid-70’s discovered karaoke, which re-ignited his passion for music. He crooned mostly Dean Martin and Tony Bennett ballads in Hull and up and down the South Shore and quickly became a favorite within the Karaoke circuit. He was known among those friends as “Mr. Smoothie”, and you would have made a life-long amico if you had asked him: ”anyone ever tell you that you look like Dean Martin”? Most of all, he loved spending time making memories with his wife and family, who adoringly called him Popa. He is survived by his wife, best friend, and life-long love, Patty, and by his children, Debra and her husband, John, Tony and his wife, Sara, Denise, Darlene, Dawn and her husband Chris; and by his grandchildren, Anna, Taylor, Jake, Dean and his wife, Elizabeth, Derek, Matthew, Jaden, Dana, Laura and Alex. He is pre-deceased by his brother, Richard, and survived by his sister, Rosalie. One cause Tony took up later in life involved helping young men overcome addiction, so in lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in his name to Gilly’s House. www.gillyshouse.com There will be no services at this time, but a celebration of life will be planned for the future. Condolences can be left at www.lawlerfuneralhome.com.

 

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