Anthony F. "Tony" Suraci Sr., 88, of Clarks Green, died Monday upon arrival at Regional Hospital of Scranton. He was the loving husband of 58 years, married to the former Luciana DiMattia.
Born April 8, 1928 in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of Italian natives Anthony and Mae (Zingale) Suraci born in Italy.
His family moved to the Scranton area in 1931 from Brooklyn, N.Y. He was a 1945 graduate of Scranton Central High School and a 1950 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He honorably served in the Navy.
He was president of Avanti Cigar Company, formerly Parodi Cigar Company, of New York, a family business established in 1912 in New York.
He was a member of Church of St. Gregory Church, Clarks Green, the Country Club of Scranton and the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association.
Tony was an avid reader and a history enthusiast. He was active tennis player until the age of 82. He was a former member of Birchwood Racquet Club. He was a dedicated Navy football fan, having traveled to many football games. The originator with his nephew Dominic Keating, formed the Anthracite Adventurers, a group that traveled to Navy football games by train.
Also surviving are two sons, Anthony D. Suraci and his wife, Sherri, Dalton; Mark R. Suraci and his wife, Hollie, Clarks Summit; a grandson, Corey, Clarks Summit; two granddaughters, Christina Suraci, Dalton; and Hunter Suraci, Clarks Summit; nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by sister, Flora Suraci Keating; and a brother, Dominic Suraci.
Funeral services will be private with services by Rev. John M. Lapera. A future memorial service will be held at a time to be announced.
Entombment will be private at the Naval Academy Columbarium, Annapolis, Md. Funeral services will be private at this time with a future memorial service to be announced.
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Service Inc., 111 Colburn Avenue, Clarks Summit, PA 18411. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509; or Keystone Warriors, 16 E. Noble Ave., Shoemakersville, PA 19555.