GREENWICH, Conn. - Anthony J. "Tony" Catalano, a lifelong resident of Greenwich, died April 20. He was 89.
Catalano was born Aug. 26, 1924, in Port Chester, N.Y., and was the son of Joseph and Flavia Catalano. He graduated from Greenwich High School in 1943, and entered the service later that year. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a gunnery instructor for B-25, B-26, B-17 and B-24 airplanes. He was discharged in 1946 and went to New York Technical School to learn heating and air conditioning.
He worked with his father in the coal and fuel business establishing the family business J. Catalano and Sons, Inc. with his father and brothers. In 1962, he became chief of the East Port Chester Fire Department. He was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Church in Byram. He was a past president of the Byram Rotary Club with 52 years of perfect attendance, and a recipient of the Rotary Club's Paul Harris Award. He was a past president of the Former Fire Chiefs and a member of the Greenwich Red Men, the Orinoco Council 39 Knights of Columbus, the Ninth District Vets and the Greenwich Yacht Club.
Catalano is survived by his wife, Grace (Tropiano) Catalano; son, Joseph (Susan); daughters, Donna Stempien and Toni Jean (Bruno) Minichino, all of Greenwich; eight grandchildren; three great- grandchildren; brother, Philip (Judy) Catalano; sisters, Ann D'Agostino and Martha Hoffman; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; brother, Dominic Catalano; and niece, Flori Ann D'Agostino.
Calling hours are Tuesday, April 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Castiglione Funeral Home , 134 Hamilton Ave., Greenwich. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 23 at Sacred Heart Church in Byram. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in Rye Brook, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sacred Heart Church building fund or Relay For Life of Greenwich.