Anthony “Tony” J. Malchione

May 28, 1942 - December 8, 2017 West Grove, PA | Age 75 Loving Husband, Brother, Father, Grandfather, Uncle, Cousin and Friend

Anthony “Tony” J. Malchione, age 75, of West Grove, PA, passed away peacefully on December 8 at Seasons Hospice in Newark, DE. He was the husband and best friend of Joyce (Aline) for 53 years. 

He was raised in Kennett Square, PA, the son of the late Mario and Splendora Malchione.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by son Michael Malchione and his wife Karen of Landenberg, PA, daughter Tina Torello and her husband Chris of Landenberg, PA, grandchildren Marissa Malchione of Arlington, VA, Matthew Torello, Nicholas Malchione and Courtney Torello, of Landenberg, PA. He is also survived by his sister, Patricia Malchione of Kennett Square, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Tony attended Kennett High School and then joined the U.S. Air Force where he served four years, stationed in Great Falls, Montana; Thule, Greenland; and Fayetteville, North Carolina. During his time in Great Falls, he met Joyce, the love of his life, “while cruising the drag”. They settled in Kennett Square, PA and then moved to West Grove, PA.

Before starting his own carpentry company, Malchione Construction, in 1977, he worked for his father and uncle in the mushroom industry, then as a carpenter for Nick Basilio & Sons, and also drove the cantina truck for Earl’s Sub Shop.

After his family, Tony loved his church, Assumption BVM in West Grove, where he shared his time, talent, and treasure to numerous construction and maintenance projects, in addition to social and volunteer events. At the annual Spaghetti Dinner, he was in charge of the takeout section, lovingly called “Tony’s Takeout”, where he filled customers’ containers with a smile and an extra scoop of spaghetti.  He was also a greeter and sacristan at the 4:30 Saturday Mass, and a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus Pius X Council.

Tony very much enjoyed music and playing his saxophone. He was a member of the 2uesday Nite Band and could often be found hyping up the crowd at the Hilltop Crab House on Saturday nights.

Tony was an integral part of his family, and the community as a whole. He was a blessing to all who met him–always accompanied by his infectious smile and a positive attitude. He will be remembered not only for his warm personality and wonderful sense of humor, but also for his willingness to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.

A viewing will be held on Sunday, December 17 from 6-8 pm and Monday, December 18 from 9:30-10:30 am at Assumption BVM Church, West Grove, PA followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am. Interment will be at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square, PA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Assumption BVM Church, 300 State Road, West Grove, PA 19390 or the Knights of Columbus, c/o Assumption BVM Church, 300 State Road, West Grove, PA 19390.  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

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Memorial Donations

Assumption BVM Church

300 State Road
West Grove, PA 19390

Knights of Columbus

c/o Assumption BVM Church
300 State Road
West Grove, PA 19390



December 17, 2017 6PM - 8PM Assumption BVM Catholic Church
300 State Rd.
West Grove, PA 19390


December 18, 2017 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Assumption BVM Catholic Church
300 State Rd.
West Grove, PA 19390

Funeral Mass

December 18, 2017 11 AM Assumption BVM Catholic Church
300 State Rd.
West Grove, PA 19390


December 18, 2017 12:15 PM St. Patrick Cemetery
Route 82
Kennett Square, PA


  1. Malchione Family, I am so sorry for your loss.. Anthony was a wonderful man I have known him 35 years or more. He did a lot of work for my mother and father Denise and Bob Pannell. I have never seen Anthony without a smile on his face.. just know how much we will miss him and he will always be in my heart! Love you Anthony! Cheri Miller

    Cheri Miller | January 4, 2018 at 9:47 AM
  2. So sorry to hear of the passing of “Mr Mallcione”, but the memories of my youth and his wonderful family (and dog Blackie) endure

    Your neighbor Ed Connell Jr

    Ed connell | December 22, 2017 at 7:01 PM
  3. Dear Joyce,

    We are so sorry for your loss. You and Tony have always been so friendly and kind to us, and your relationship together continues to be a shining example of what marriage is all about. We pray the Lord will strengthen you and your family with His grace during this difficult time.

    With our deepest sympathy,
    Tom and Kelliann Finley

    Tom and Kelliann Finley | December 18, 2017 at 8:21 AM
  4. Dear Joyce and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Know that Tony will be missed by all who knew him as he touched so many with his genuine smile and thoughtfulness.

    Maggie and Frank Dolski and family

    Maggie | December 16, 2017 at 10:21 PM
  5. Dear Joyce and Pat and Family, I know your loss is immeasurable as is the amount of joy that Tony brought into each of your lives. He really was one of the lucky ones who knew his purpose on earth and became all that God created him to be. I am sure when you look back over the wonderful memories you shared there will be such gratitude that you were chosen to share in his journey.
    Russ and I offer our sincere sympathy on the death of this much loved man and know that he will be carried in each of your hearts.
    May the blessing of this Holy Season of the Christ Childs Birth warm your hearts and transcend your sorrow.
    <3 Kathy

    Kilmer | December 16, 2017 at 10:09 PM
  6. Dear Malchione Family, I was very saddened when I heard of Tony’s passing. I will always remember him as a friend and a great “SAX” player. I made all the dances when he played during our high school days. I also remember when he and I along with three other sixteen year olds got on an airplane in August 1960 in Philadelphia and flew to San Antonio to begin our Air Force days.
    My prayers are for the family at this time of loss.

    Peter Donahoe, Lockhart, TX

    Peter Donahoe | December 16, 2017 at 3:39 PM
  7. Condolences to Joyce and the Malchione Family. Tony was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. Always a smile to greet everyone. He will be greatly missed by Family, Friends the entire ABVM Parish. God Bless and Rest in Peace.

    John and Betty Eller | December 16, 2017 at 12:56 PM
  8. I am so saddened by the loss of my dear classmate. Tony was a wonderful person. I will miss his hug whenever we would meet. I am saddened for Patty who lost a brother ,his children who lost a father and Joyce who lost her rock. There are no words to describe this loss. God bless.

    Grace Pfeifer | December 15, 2017 at 10:05 PM
  9. Dear Joyce and all your loved ones,
    My prayerful thoughts are with you for God’s strengthening graces. Tony’s caring and friendliness have earned him a special place in Heaven, I am confident.
    My sympathy to all.

    Dennis Shannon | December 15, 2017 at 9:13 PM
  10. Dear Joyce, Michael and Tina,
    So sorry to hear of Tony’s passing. I have many fond memories of playdates at the Malchione’s. One of my favorite memories was riding on the four wheeler. It was a short ride as I drove it up the tree near the driveway. Your Dad rescued me and made everything OK. Prayers for peace and comfort in the days ahead. Wishing I could be there on Monday but my work schedule will not allow the time off. I am currently working as a hospice nurse so as I travel around town caring for folks, I will dedicate my day to Mr. Malchione.

    Kay Hoopes Morris | December 15, 2017 at 6:32 PM
  11. Patty, Joyce, Tina, Michael and the Rest of the Malchione Family,
    My sincere condolences to all of you on the untimely passing of Tony. He was such a caring happy person and always had time to talk or do whatever anyone ever needed done. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Heaven has gained a great person. May he rest in peace. If you need anything at all even if to just talk, please feel free to give me a call.
    Margaret Pennington

    Margaret Pennington | December 15, 2017 at 11:22 AM
  12. The Malchione Family,
    I grew up on South Broad Street in Kennett Square and Anthony was a favorite member of
    that memorable cast of “great people” who shared the 400 block in the 40’s & 50’s.
    Treasured memories.
    So very sorry for your loss.
    Joe Donohoe

    Joe Donohoe | December 14, 2017 at 4:43 PM
  13. Dear Joyce: I’m so sorry for your loss. I will miss seeing him and his smile and cute swagger when I come out again this Spring. You know my prayers are with you and the kids. I will be saying a rosary while you have yours at church. God blessed you with a special husband and friend. Now you have great memories to look back on. I love you and will talk to you soon. Love and prayers, your sister, Janice and family.

    Janice Gilbert | December 14, 2017 at 12:16 PM
  14. So sorry to hear of Tony’s passing. Many prayers for him and his family. He was a wonderful man with a big smile!

    New & Ted Acorn | December 14, 2017 at 10:07 AM
  15. Dear Malchione Family,
    You are the nicest family I have ever met. Each of you has a piece of Tony that will always
    remain. No one could meet Tony and not become a better person, for he taught how to be a devouted and loving husband, father and friend. May we always remember that infectious smile and try to spread the love and kindness that was “Tony.” I wish I had known him longer, better…..but forever he lives on in our hearts and in the entire Malchione Family.
    I love you all!!

    Glennamarie Virgilio | December 13, 2017 at 7:29 PM

    NICK BASILIO | December 13, 2017 at 2:18 PM
  17. Dear Joyce and the Malchione family,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time. Our sincere condolences to each and every family member, who must miss Tony beyond what words can express. We are heartbroken.

    Denis O'Flynn O'Brien and Patricia Sertich | December 13, 2017 at 11:46 AM
  18. Joyce and family
    Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you all
    Paul and TF Caruso

    Paul Caruso | December 13, 2017 at 9:02 AM
  19. Joyce,
    You didn’t have to know Tony all that well to know he was about as good and decent of a man as there ever was. We certainly cannot fathom you and your family’s loss but want you to know that whenever we saw you and Tony together we also saw the example of the couple that we strived to be. I hope the love and closeness of family and friends helps sooth the pain of your loss and you are all comforted and filled with the best memories of your life shared together.

    Joe & Marlana Gallo | December 13, 2017 at 8:28 AM
  20. Mrs.Malchione and family
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Mr Malchione was a wonderful person who always had a smile on his face. My thoughts and prayers are with you
    Jane Wright (Sciarra)

    Jane Wright | December 12, 2017 at 9:02 PM

    SCOTT BERGERON CAMDEN DE | December 12, 2017 at 7:15 PM
  22. Dear Malchione Family,

    I am deeply saddened by the passing of Tony. He was always so kind to me and my family; especially my Dad. I cannot remember a single instance where I wasn’t greeted with his HUGE smile. He will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace and his memory bring joy to your hearts.

    Suzanne Corkadel Hawke | December 12, 2017 at 5:18 PM
  23. Dear Joyce and Family,
    Our deepest condolences on the loss of Tony. Our love, support, and prayers for all of you.
    We met Tony and Joyce at the Kennett YMCA, and always looked forward to seeing them. We would have joyful, fun conversations with Tony always smiling, laughing, and engaging everyone. Tony was a sincere, kind, thoughtful man who frequently talked about his wonderful close-knit family, his very special church, his amazing 2uesday Nite Band, his passion for music and playing the saxophone, and many more positive topics. We are blessed to have had Tony as a dear friend and will treasure many fond memories forever.

    Kathy & Frank Mooney | December 12, 2017 at 5:00 PM
  24. He was a truly kind person that impacted everyone he met. Fly with the angels dear

    Marie | December 12, 2017 at 4:50 PM
  25. Dear Joyce and Family,
    Words cannot express the sorrow of hearing of Tony’s passing. Tony was the most kind person anyone could know. He was always there through the darkest moments for our family. That’s true friendship. He was the strength and shoulder for my father to lean on when my mother passed. He would do anything and everything for a person, and never ask for anything in return, that was just the type of person Tony was–always giving. He always had a kind, gentle smile on his face when I would see him. I’m so happy that he was the “best man” in my father and Kathy’s wedding this past August. I will always remember his wedding speech, he spoke from the heart. Tony and Lena are now in heaven. I can see mom kicking up her heels dancing to Tony playing the saxaphone, and making Tony a good ole home cook pasta meal, welcoming him to our Lord’s table in heaven. Heaven has received another angel. Thoughts and prayers. Rose and Jesse

    Rose Ruoff and Jesse Yip | December 12, 2017 at 3:33 PM
  26. Joyce and family…Tony made all who entered ABVM feel welcome. Will miss his hugs. Praying the angels will minister to all of your needs at this difficult time. Tonys in a new band now playing to his hearts content when we can accompany him!! Hugs and love to all.

    jean and dan gottel | December 12, 2017 at 3:11 PM
  27. Tony was a beloved member of our Knights of Columbus council since I can remember. He was always there helping and was always a good and faithful brother. He was loved and will be greatly missed by all of his brother Knights. We can all find comfort knowing that Brother Tony is now with his Lord and Savior.

    Walt Northrup | December 12, 2017 at 2:11 PM
  28. Dear Malchione family. My deepest condolences on the loss of Tony. I loved running into him in Kennett as a building inspector. He was always smiling and going above the call of duty when it came to helping others. I also loved visiting his parents with my Mom who was Sicilian as she loved to chat in her native language. God Bless to All and thanks for the wonderful memories. May he Rest In Peace.

    James Groome | December 12, 2017 at 2:05 PM
  29. Malchione Family,
    Words cannot express the sad feeling I have for the loss of Tony.
    I wish there was something I could say but there is not. He truly was a wonderful person to all.
    I enjoyed our times together and the stories he would share with me. My favorite stories were
    the ones about working for my Grandfather when he was young. His stories gave me a closeness to him.
    Being a member of the Knights of Columbus for over 25 years I did not know at first what I was in for.
    But I felt in good hands when I joined and saw Tony with that look that everything would be ok.
    May your memories of Tony help you thru these trying times. Be at peace knowing that he is in heaven today.
    Tony was a wonderful person that I am proud to call my friend. Rest in peace my friend. Michael Conner

    Michael & Maryann Conner & Family | December 12, 2017 at 11:40 AM
  30. Malchione Family: So very sorry to hear of Tony’s passing. My prayers are with you and your family.

    Joan Hoffman

    Joan Hoffman | December 12, 2017 at 11:09 AM
  31. As soon as I saw Tony’s picture I immediately recognized him after all these years! My parents (Wes & Pat Larson) and I used to help out with the Assumption spaghetti suppers and I remember how much fun it was to work with Tony! I am so very sorry for your loss!

    Jennifer Larson | December 12, 2017 at 10:56 AM
  32. Tony was a key member of the “earth shaking music making no mistakening 2uesday Nite Band.” He would blow that saxophone like he was still 25 years old. The crowd loved him and we loved him. It is such a shock to all of us to lose our band mate and dear dear friend. We are heartbroken.

    Marie Wickersham | December 12, 2017 at 10:44 AM
  33. So sorry for your loss. Leon and I always looked forward to the spaghetti dinners and seeing everyone, especially Tony and his wonderful smile and spirit. Terri McCreary

    Terri McCreary | December 12, 2017 at 10:06 AM
  34. My condolences tonthe Malchione family..I will always remember Tony’s smile! Always smiling! I worked at Marrone’s for many years where he would come in for food and to chat with all of us.
    He was a true gem that will be missed by many.

    Lisa Venuto | December 12, 2017 at 9:10 AM
  35. I met Tony while working at Pyle’s Home & Supply. He was always such an upbeat and happy man. I don’t believe I ever saw him without a smile. Whenever I would see him, he always made sure to take time to say hello. He was such a warm and friendly man who I know will be missed by his family and the community. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

    Tracy Yeoman | December 12, 2017 at 8:58 AM
  36. Mike & Karen – So sorry to learn of Tony’s passing. He was a great man and you’ll have his memories forever. We will keep him and your family in our prayers.

    Joe and Connie deJuliis | December 12, 2017 at 8:24 AM
  37. Dear Joyce, One of the things I remember most vividly about when we worked together years ago was how often and lovingly you spoke of Tony. What a beautiful life you made together! May the love you share live on and your memories bring you comfort as you grieve. With deepest sympathy,

    Donna Melton | December 12, 2017 at 7:46 AM
  38. I am so saddened to hear of the passing of Tony. He was a very caring and loving man who was always there to help. My thoughts and prayers for Joyce and his children. Tony will be missed by all who knew him. God Bless all of you and may Tony Rest In Peace! Joyce ( Sciarra ) Biliski

    Joyce Biliski | December 12, 2017 at 12:33 AM
  39. Dear Anthony words cannot express how I’m feeling right now but I will try. I’m angry cause you left us way to soon, sad because this is not what we/you expected for sure, HAPPY cause you are in HEAVEN with Mom & Dad, guess they wanted to see you first cause you were always Moms favorite (family joke). I’m sure you are looking down on us and will continue to protect and guide us in the right direction. You were and still are our ROCK, you were always willing to listen & give advice with you infectious smile. Going to miss our chats on the phone, our rides along the country side, our concerts in the park, shopping, going out for a bite to eat it, but most of all I’m gonna MISS YOU😪 You will always have a special place in my heart. I will hold onto all the precious memories we have made together as a family & will continue to make more for you!! Love you to the moon & back Anthony XOXO LOVE PATRICIA

    Patricia Malchione | December 11, 2017 at 11:40 PM
  40. Joyce I cannot tell you how sorry we are about Tony’s passing. He had to be one of the nicest/kindest man we’ve ever met. Always would give mom & me a hug at church. ALWAYS smiling! He will surely be missed. Rest In Peace my friend.

    Terri & Neil Coyne

    Terri & Neil Coyne | December 11, 2017 at 11:29 PM
  41. Joyce and family,
    So very sorry to hear of the passing of Tony. He was such a friendly wonderful gentleman. My prayers are for you and your family to have peace.
    Kathi Basner

    KATHI Basner | December 11, 2017 at 11:10 PM
  42. So sorry to hear this news. Sending our deepest sympathies and our prayers to all. May our Lord carry you all through this difficult time.

    Vicki and Robert Torello | December 11, 2017 at 9:39 PM
  43. I am so sad to hear about Tony and yet so blessed to have known him. May God bring peace to all of Tony’s Family and friends as they grieve his passing. I first met Tony when I was a teenager working at Earl’s sub shop. It was always such a joy to work around Tony. He always encouraged and brightened our day with his smile. The world needs more men like Tony …it has lost a great friend.

    Ken Weaver | December 11, 2017 at 9:38 PM
  44. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the entire Malchione family. Tony always had a smile and he will be missed by so many. May you find peace and comfort in all the wonderful memories. Dan, Donna, and Jeremy Miller.

    Donna Miller | December 11, 2017 at 9:32 PM
  45. My condolences to Tony’s family. What an incredible man and I can only imagine how much he will be missed. My last memory of Tony is when I was at a funeral at St Mary’s a couple months ago. It was pouring rain. Where we were sitting the roof starting leaking so our first thought was to tell someone. Tony was first one we saw and he said, “ don’t worry it always does that just move over!” That’s what a jokester he was. RIP TONY🙏🏻💔

    Linda Hughes | December 11, 2017 at 8:48 PM
  46. We will miss Tony so much. He always had a smile and a hello for me and my daughter, Vika. He was so kind and sweet every time I saw him in Church, in the community, and helping with a project around Assumption BVM. I taught all his wonderful grandchildren. He was so proud of their accomplishments! He will be missed by all!
    God bless his wife, Joyce and all his family!
    Linda and Vika

    Linda Holohan | December 11, 2017 at 8:44 PM
  47. So sorry to hear about Tony. Such a nice person. Always enjoyed talking to him. He will be missed.

    Phyllis Tester | December 11, 2017 at 8:24 PM
  48. We are so sorry for your loss. Tony was a wonderful man. He will be missed. Prayers to you and your family. Love , the Looney family.

    Sandra Looney | December 11, 2017 at 7:05 PM
  49. Dear Malchione Family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless.
    Art and Marguerite Forbes and Family

    Marguerite Forbes | December 11, 2017 at 6:52 PM
  50. great friend wonderful man -best said decent human being

    john r thomas | December 11, 2017 at 5:30 PM

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