Mr. Anthony J. Tavoni Sr.

November 24, 1918 - October 11, 2015 Kennett Square, PA | Age 96 Loving Father, Brother and Friend..

Anthony J. Tavoni, Sr. age 96 passed away on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital.

Anthony (Tony) was born on November 24, 1918 in his aunt’s home on Hillendale Road, Kennett Square, Pa. Tony was the first son, second child of Grace Martelli Tavoni, and Domenic Tavoni of Kennett Square, PA.  He grew up working in his father’s mushroom business and was on the track and soccer teams at Kennett Consolidated High School.

In April of 1942, he married Josephine M. DiAngelis (Pip). Later that year he entered the United States Army and after boot camp was shipped off to the war in the Pacific.  Although in the infantry he worked various jobs; billets officer, driver, and received his corporal stripe after completion of radio school.

Tony was Honorably Discharged on November 27, 1945, soon after he made it back home at which time he went back to work for his father, along with his two brothers Sam and Dom. He and Pip started their family (Vicki and Tav), and he pursued his passion by obtaining his private pilots license that he maintained for 40 years. Golf later also became another favorite pastime.

Tony was a chartered member of the American Mushroom Institute, a longtime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion, a member Knights of Columbus, the Kennett Square County Club, and an almost founding member of the Italian-American Club in Kennett Square.

All those he touched will miss his comradeship and wit. He became an avid reader and until the very end, he enjoyed talking and challenging you about everything and anything especially the Phillies, history and politics.

You are invited to visit with family and friends on Monday October 19, 2015 between 10:00 and 11:00 at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church, (Rt 41) 8910 Gap Newport Pike, Avondale, Pa 19311. A funeral Mass will follow at 11:00, burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, N. Union Street, KS.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at or P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. Arrangements are being handled by the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (610-444-4116) of Kennett Square. To share a memory with his family, please visit

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October 19, 2015 10-11AM (Rt 41) 8910 Gap Newport Pike
Avondale, Pa 19311

Funeral Mass

October 19, 2015 11AM (Rt 41) 8910 Gap Newport Pike
Avondale, Pa 19311

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October 19, 2015 12:15PM St. Patrick Cemetery
Kennett Square, PA


  1. Dear Vicki
    I was very sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. In the short 16 months that I knew him I was very impressed with his sharp mind, his quick wit, and his good sense of humor. I knew he was in pain, but he always came into the kitchen to greet me and chat for a while. We shared the same political views and the mutual love of good food. He used to complain about getting a banana every day in his lunch, so I started to remove the banana and replace it with a variety of fruit and two or three large pieces of chocolate cake. He especially enjoyed the cake and said he would eat one piece before I got out of the driveway. He also always talked about you Vicki and how he enjoyed your visits, the good food and the bottles of wine you shared. You were a good daughter to your Dad Vicki and hopefully your many happy memories will give you a sense of peace and serenity.

    Don Bayard | December 7, 2015 at 9:58 PM
  2. Dearest Vicki:

    I am shocked and saddened for your loss. It was an honor to be his nurse. During his stay at Brackenville many of us grew to love him. His easy going nature and sense of humor were part of his charm. It was a pleasure working with you as well. You are in my prayers.

    Sarah Good, RN | October 23, 2015 at 10:18 AM
  3. Your father will be remembered. He was wonderful to care for. He never complained and thanked you for everything you did for him. He always made the best out of situations. Thanks for stopping by and visiting today. I know that even though it was hard for his old roomate to hear of his passing that pete appreciated it. Good luck to you. I will miss caring for him and talking to him. He was intelligent and with it at 96!

    Kathryn | October 22, 2015 at 10:14 PM
  4. It was so nice to see you today. Since your dad left i have wondered how you guys made out after discharge. It was a,pleasure to be his nurse. He was always so stoic. He never complained. I had to be very specificwhen addressing him for his needs or any pain. He always said that he was,sorry to bother me if he called his call bell. Good luck to you.

    Kathryn | October 22, 2015 at 10:06 PM
  5. So sorry to learn of your father’s passing. He was such a nice guy and always had a smile on his face. With deepest sympathy, Elaine Fiore.

    Elaine Fiore | October 17, 2015 at 9:00 AM
  6. Dear Vickie, I knew your dad for a long time and I was sorry to hear from Mary Ann that Tony passed away. Tony had a nice long life and was so much fun to talk to when I would come up to see him on that big hill that he love so much. You where a very good daughter and he would tell me of some of your trips with your friend went on and always had a smile on his face when he would talk about you Vickie.Tony and I had are hard time to he lost his son and I lost my son. I hope I was a good friend to him . May your Dad rest in peace till we meet again some day . Your dads friend from Wilmington. grace J. Dillon

    Grace J. Dillon | October 14, 2015 at 8:22 PM

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