Anthony “Bucky” Colasanti passed away peacefully on December 25, 2021 at the age of 98. Tony was born on May 5, 1923 to Dominick and Fortuna Colasanti. He came from a large family of nine; four brothers and five sisters. He is the last survivor. On September 24, 1945, in St. Agatha’s Church of Canastota, he was united in marriage to the former Margaret Lumbrazo, a blessed union of 69 years until her passing on July 8, 2015.
Tony proudly served in the United States Army during WWII. He was employed at Griffiss Air Force base, at the Civil Engineer Squadron, Roads and Grounds unit for 25 years until his retirement. His life passions were his family, being outdoors and walking. He walked every day and prided himself on all the miles he traveled every year. Up until his death, he could be seen mowing his lawn, tending to his flowers and snow blowing his driveway. He was an avid gardener who grew the best tomatoes and in his early years was a first-rate “southpaw” golfer at Rome Country Club. He had many close friends and in his retirement was at DeMatteo’s everyday for coffee and spirited conversation. He always said “the hardest thing to do – is do nothing”. A quiet, remarkable man and father.
Tony is survived by his two devoted daughters and their spouses: Rita and Donald Page and Elizabeth and James Sgroi; four grandchildren: Renee (Glenn) Widor, Marc (Nicole) Page, Ryan (Megan) Sgroi, and David (Trista) Sgroi; and seven great-grandchildren: Jack, Luke, and Stephen Widor, Eliza and Kylie Page, Evan and Cameron Sgroi. He was preceded in death by his wife Margaret, his parents, three brothers Louis, Alfred, and John Colasanti, and five sisters Carmella Stooks, Sophie Tagliaferri, Jennie Mastrangelo, Flora Greene, and Domenica VanCourt.
At Tony’s request, services will be at the convenience of the family and interment will be at St. John’s Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Bottini Funeral Home, 120 W. Embargo St.
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