Anthony “Tony T” Talamonti

August 2, 1945 - August 26, 2017 Kennett Square, PA | Age 72 Loving Father, Grandfather, Brother, Community Friend

Anthony “Tony T” Talamonti, age 72, of Kennett Square, PA peacefully passed away on Saturday August 26, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of the late Betty Lou Talamonti with whom he shared 46 years of marriage. Born in Wilmington, DE, he was the son of the late Giuseppe and Frances (DiTomasso) Talamonti.

Tony worked at A. Duie Pyle, Inc. as a manager of operations, retiring after 30 years. He then went on to start his own company, World Class Fire Equipment, and became America’s No. 1 Metz Agent while working with Metz Aerials, USA Division and the Rosenbauer Group. He traveled the US and abroad, making many good friends along the way.

Tony was a special person, a selfless man who dedicated his life to his community and helping others. Whether it was the lifetime he spent volunteering at the Kennett Fire Company, serving as president for over 35 years, readily assisting with the cleanup effort in New York after 9/11, or helping someone in need, he never asked for anything in return or desired any recognition.

Tony was a member of the Four Seasons Motorcycle Club. He had many fond memories and appreciated the camaraderie of riding alongside his brothers. He also enjoyed an occasional game of golf, spending time with his grandchildren, and Saturday morning breakfasts with his buddies.

A devoted family man, Tony was an incredible role model for his family, who loved and respected him immensely. Above all else, his family came first.

Survivors include three daughters, Pamela Talamonti, Angela Kavanaugh, Donna Schuibbeo (Eric) all of Kennett Square, PA, one son, Joseph Talamonti (Kim) of Cochranville, PA, 11 grandchildren, Amanda, Jessica, Sarah, Nick, Anthony, Emily, Aly, Matthew, Jenny, Olivia, and Michael, three great grandchildren, Abby, Alexa, and Logan, one sister, Donna Miller (Dan) of Kennett Square, PA, and his mother in law, Betty B. Harkins of Kennett Square, PA. He was predeceased by two brothers, Luigi and Joseph Talamonti.

You are invited to visit with Tony’s family and friends from 8:00AM – 11:00AM on Friday September 1, 2017 at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707. A funeral mass will follow at 11AM and interment will be at Cathedral Cemetery, 2400 Lancaster Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19805. Contributions in Tony’s memory may be made to ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter, 321 Norristown Rd. Suite 260, Ambler, PA 19002 or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105.

Arrangements are by Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (610-444-4116) of Kennett Square. To view Tony’s online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit www.griecocares.com


Message from the Family

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Memorial Donations

ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter

321 Norristown Rd.
Suite 260
Ambler, PA 19002

St Jude Children's Research Hospital

501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105

Services

Visitation

September 1, 2017 8-11AM St. Mary of the Assumption Church
7200 Lancaster Pike
Hockessin, DE 19707

Mass of Christian Burial

September 1, 2017 11AM St. Mary of the Assumption Church
7200 Lancaster Pike
Hockessin, DE 19707

Interment

September 1, 2017 12:15 Cathedral Cemetery
2400 Lancaster Ave
Wilmington, DE 19805

Guestbook

  1. Tony was the ambulance driver taking my mother in law home from the hospital. When he found out she was the mother and mother in law of two of his classmates, he turned on the siren and gave her A RIDE. She talked about it for years! Tony was one of a kind. My condolences to all the family.
    Betty Hollingsworth

    betty hollingsworth | September 2, 2017 at 7:09 PM
  2. Tony, the Man, the Myth, the Legend.

    We have known Tony for several years and have been fortunate enough to spend time with him, travelling the roads and enjoying his company. He captivated every room when he entered and touch the lives of anyone he met. He will be greatly missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family

    Innis Family | September 2, 2017 at 10:08 AM
  3. My family and I were very sad to hear of Tony’s passing. He was a wonderful friend to my father and mother “Sax and Byrnie Ellis”. My dad thought of Tony as another son. He was instrumental to our family when our dad died and he and Betty Lou and the friends from the fire company planned and held the memorial service. He and your mother contributed so much of their lives to aid others in the community. May God Bless your entire Family!

    The Ellis Family-Byrnie, Carla and Norman

    Byrnie Ellis-Ford | September 1, 2017 at 8:32 AM
  4. Gunk
    I just found out about your parking the bike. I will miss your attitude and personal help. It was a good ride and I am honored to have known you. We were friends the first time I saw your smile. I hope the roads are as good where you are going. Just Plain Paul

    Paul 'Just Plain' Morsch | September 1, 2017 at 12:22 AM
  5. Tony you made your mark in Kennett Square and around the world with your one of a kind way of being you. I am honored to say we had a great personal relationship through the many hours spent doing things with the Kennett Fire Company. Your legacy will live on for years to come due to the forward thinking you inspired with many of your colleagues.
    Thoughts and prayers to the whole family. God bless and Rest In Peace “T”!

    Tom "Bunk" Glass | August 31, 2017 at 6:43 PM
  6. Tony will surely be missed by all who came came in contact with him. My prayers for his family.

    Rosalie Alstrom ADP | August 31, 2017 at 4:42 PM
  7. The void and sorrow in our lives and community is inexplicable. However, we are so blessed to have the unique memories of Tony’s friendship, leadership, a little bit of hell raising and most of all, being a special part of one another’s family. You will be sorely missed, Tony but in our hearts forever. May God Bless the Talamonti Family with Peace and Comfort during this difficult time.
    The D’Ottavios-Anthony, Penny, Tara, AJ

    Pia D | August 31, 2017 at 3:28 PM
  8. May fond memories of Tony & Betty Lou and the love & support of family and friends be if comfort to all who knew & loved them. May they Rest In Peace together in eternity.
    Don & Mary Jane Taylor
    Milton, DE

    Don Taylor | August 31, 2017 at 3:23 PM
  9. To the Entire Talamonti Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very sad time. Tony was such a huge asset to the Kennett Community and always had time for helping and talking to anyone and everyone. I am sorry I will not be able to attend the services on Friday, but will be thinking of all of you. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. May he rest in peace. He and Betty are now together again. If any of you need anything, please feel free to give me a call.
    Sincerely,
    Margaret Pennington

    Margaret Pennington | August 31, 2017 at 1:44 PM
  10. Gratitude and appreciation for having Tony, Betty Lou & the Talamonti family in my life & for helping me by taking such good care of my son so that I could work a second job when he was growing up. I couldn’t have done it without them. Tony was also the influence for Billy to become a volunteer fire fighter which was a very good thing for a young boy. He learned to be brave, have courage & help people. It helped him become the man he is of which I am a very proud mother. I am sure Tony & Betty Lou have been reunited & my prayers go to the family for peace at a time when their hearts ache. I am sure the pain will subside and be replaced with wonderful memories and the knowledge that they will all be reunited one day. Blessings and love to you all.

    Becky (Kirwin) Tolmie | August 31, 2017 at 12:31 PM
  11. Tony I will miss our conversations on fire equipment and the love of motocycles.May you rest in Peace

    Michael Moran | August 31, 2017 at 12:08 PM
  12. To All the Talamonti Family, My prayers and sympathy to you at this time of great loss. I pray God will give you the courage
    to bear this great burden. Sincerely, Patsy

    Patsy Vanderkraats | August 31, 2017 at 6:55 AM
  13. Dear Talamonti Family — My heart is heavy knowing I won’t see Tony’s smile anymore or laugh at his jokes, or listen to his “war stories.” The magnitude of his love for his family and community cannot be measured. I feel incredibly lucky to have had him call me “friend.” Then again, you’d need a calculator to count the many friends he had — virtually all of them he made us feel like family. I’ve always felt that when I leave this earth, if I made a difference in just one person’s life, I would be content. Tony made a difference in so very MANY people’s lives, I knew he would earn a gold chair in Heaven. He wanted no recognition. He did it because that’s just the way he was wired. I rest assured in knowing he is with Betty Lou and that we will see him again. Heaven surely has another bloom! God bless you, Tony, and “thank you” for your service and dedication to our great community. Fondly, Eileen Law Stewart & the entire Staff of CIA, Inc.

    Eileen Law Stewart | August 30, 2017 at 10:14 PM
  14. Rest in eternal peace, Tony Talamonti. Just as during my teenage years you demonstrated to me the goodness of your heart when you served on the Police Force and as well as just around town, you did as well when many years later I finally returned to Kennett Square and you helped make me feel altogether welcome and thoroughly back home again. You showed me, and countless others, the purity of your soul. This little community of ours has been so fortunate to have had the likes of you to be a part of it and its history. I was honored to have known you and to have been counted among your many, many friends. You will be well and truly missed for generations to come. Thank you for your life.

    David "Robin" Baker | August 30, 2017 at 9:34 PM
  15. Tony will be missed at the class of 63 dinners. His stories of Uber driving were entertaining and showed that he loved adventure no matter his age or physical problems. Few people live life more full. I am impressed that he fit so many contributions into his life. A life lived well.

    Peggy Sue Huber | August 30, 2017 at 8:35 PM
  16. Rest In Peace, Tony.

    Joan Hoffman | August 30, 2017 at 7:20 PM
  17. No one will ever fill your shoes. You loved Kennett Square. I remember when my dad was sick many years ago, he called my mother and told her if we needed anything to call him. If we needed an ambulance for transport to call him. He would do anything for anyone. Gus & I would sometimes join Tony & buddies for Saturday morning breakfast. I loved hearing the stories of the old days, the old Pyle days, the old firehouse days, the old growing up days. He always had a story. Your job is done here on earth. Rest in peace with your beloved Betty Lou. We will miss you but will never forget you.

    Pam & Gus Brittingham | August 30, 2017 at 6:58 PM
  18. Fond memories from another friend in the Class of ’63’.
    My condolences to the family.
    A cornerstone in Kennett’s foundation.
    Rest in peace.

    Joe Donohoe | August 30, 2017 at 4:47 PM
  19. I will certainly miss all those conversations I had with Tony through the years, no matter where I would run into him he always took time to talk about life, the fire service, and his experiences. Tony was one of those people you interact with and always learn something. Thank you for all the knowledge. RIP Tony

    Robert Linnenbaugh | August 30, 2017 at 4:39 PM
  20. Tony, Oh how our class will miss you…………not only were you so special to Kennett Square, you ALWAYS had time for anything involving the Class of 63! Every reunion, our scholarship fund……..how you managed all you did………..well, its time you get a good rest! I smile thinking of you and Betty Lou together again! And, I will NOT forget that you ALWAYS reminded this class, Never forget 9/11……….NEVER! We will all miss you, my friend………….and as My Marine hubby says….see you on the other side! Janice and Tom

    Janice DiOrrio | August 30, 2017 at 2:22 PM
  21. I knew Tony through Rosenbauer Minnesota. He was a wonderfully kind man who liked to chat about anything. He was always talking about his kids and, especially, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I had the opportunity to talk to him just a few months ago, and I will remember him with very special thoughts. Sleep peacefully, Tony. You will always be my friend.

    Teresa Hafele
    Forest Lake, MN

    Teresa Hafele | August 30, 2017 at 2:01 PM
  22. I am going to miss this man forever, he was an inspiration to us all as we traveled through life. The late nights and the early mornings were my favorite with Tony. The world is definitely a better place because of him. I take great pleasure in knowing him and calling him my “Friend”. My thoughts and prayers for the whole family. Rest easy my friend, until we meet again……..
    Rick

    Rick Fiester | August 30, 2017 at 12:40 PM
  23. Tony was a good man, and great leader. I’m gonna miss him. Enjoyed the time growing up in the firehouse and all the great things Tony and the fire company did for me. There are not enough words to show my appreciation for Tony. Praying for all the family and loved ones through this time of mourning. God Bless.

    Benjamin Tobin | August 30, 2017 at 12:16 PM
  24. There are no words to say enough about Tony, he lived life to the fullest and loved each and everyday. His family reflects his love and how they were raised by this wonderful man and he will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Prayers to all of his children and grandchildren. Mardette

    Mardette Alexander | August 30, 2017 at 11:06 AM
  25. Godspeed, Tony. You were a man ahead of your time in the US fire service.

    alan noznesky | August 30, 2017 at 10:46 AM
  26. Kennett Square lost an iconic figure. He will always be remembered as a true spirit who fought hard in all his endeavors and never backed down from a challenge. A selfless man, thank you for everything Tony, great times and good memories.

    Turner Huffaker | August 30, 2017 at 9:38 AM
  27. So sorry for your loss.

    Donald & Sherry Potter | August 30, 2017 at 9:04 AM
  28. Tony was a great man, He was always there to help anyone. I can’t even tell you how many times he helped me and my dad. He was Kennett. The whole Kennett community will feel the loss. I was very sad to hear of his passing.

    Megan Nilan | August 30, 2017 at 8:47 AM
  29. Many times we hear “they don’t make them like him anymore”. In the case Of Tony T. that statement could never be over used when applied to this man. I feel honored that I knew this man and had the chance for some of his great wisdom and knowledge passed down too me.

    I look at Tony as a second father I was lucky enough to have in my life, thanks for everything T. Love ya!

    Bob Gallucci, Jr. | August 30, 2017 at 8:16 AM
  30. Rest in peace BIG T you will be loved and missed bye your family and friends throughout the United States and Germany you are a great role model to everyone you have met throughout your years we all love and miss you BIG T you will never be forgotten.

    Ralph M Hunter | August 30, 2017 at 7:59 AM
  31. Tony was a great man and a good friend. I will miss him and his phone calls to settle all the world problems of which he really thought about. Barb and I had the pleasure of working with Tony many times. Kennett Square never had a better person to help solve its problems. We will miss him greatly.

    Herb & Barb Richards | August 30, 2017 at 7:16 AM
  32. Rest In Peace my Friend

    Earl,Amy & Elizabeth Eldridge | August 30, 2017 at 7:02 AM
  33. Donna and family, I am so sorry for your loss. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers 🙏🏻

    Dianne Verrall | August 30, 2017 at 5:15 AM
  34. My prayers go out to the family.

    Dan madonna | August 30, 2017 at 1:23 AM
  35. i will miss you tony a true friend -and someone who cared so deeply for our community -kennett square

    john r thomas | August 30, 2017 at 12:46 AM
  36. Tony im going to miss your smiling face and our talks. You were a Great friend for over 25 years. Im so glad we had a little chat last week. Rest in peace my friend your work on earth is done but we shall meet again. God Bless.

    Lloyd Shetron | August 30, 2017 at 12:38 AM
  37. He was a great Guy and he Loved the everyone and it was great Spending time with him on fire calls working around the fire house working hard for the what he believe in Rest in peace Tony the Kennett Fire Co and Kennett Square Borough has lost a great Member

    Michael Ruoss Sr | August 29, 2017 at 10:56 PM
  38. My deepest sympathy to the Talamonti Family. Tony was an icon in Kennett Square. He was loved by all who knew him. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Patty Glass Mains | August 29, 2017 at 10:52 PM
  39. My condolences to the family. And prayers sent for comfort. Donna….please let me know if you need anything. HUGS

    Jen Smith | August 29, 2017 at 10:43 PM
  40. My wife and I are sending prayers to Tony’s family at this sad time. I have many memories of working with Tony in the fire service back in the “good old days”. He will be remembered as a big hearted man committed to and serving the people of his community.
    Rest easy,
    Russ Kilmer

    Kilmer | August 29, 2017 at 10:22 PM
  41. I will always miss Tony’s direction and leadership. Most of all I will miss the friendship and the trust he put into me and others to succeed. A lot of us owe our careers and success in life to you. RIP MY FRIEND
    LOVE
    ROOSTER

    Richard V Ruoss | August 29, 2017 at 10:04 PM
  42. LOVE YA TONY. will miss you.

    rich paisley | August 29, 2017 at 10:02 PM

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