Anthony Cecelia

Anthony A. "Duke" Cecelia

Thursday, September 9th, 1937 Saturday, February 22nd, 2020

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Obituary for Anthony A. "Duke" Cecelia

Anthony A. "Duke" Cecelia, 82, of Flatbush Road, Kingston passed away while in the comforting presence of his family early Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 at home.

He was born in Kingston, NY, on September 9, 1937, a son of the late Anthony C. Sr. and Josephine (Christoforo) Cecelia.

Duke was a well-known automotive body repairman who owned and operated Dukes Automotive on Flatbush Road, Kingston for over 50 years. Previous to his automotive repair shop, he owned and operated a TV repair business in Port Ewen and an appliance business on Flatbush Road. In his younger years, he enjoyed water skiing, boating, jet skis, hunting, and piloting his airplane. He also enjoyed competing in demolition derby's, often held at Deitz Stadium, ramming and wrecking every car in his path.

Duke is survived by his longtime companion of 27 years, Elizabeth "Liz" Mahon, one son, Anthony P. Cecelia of Kingston, one daughter, Lynnie Cecelia-Storey, and her husband Chad, of Shandaken, one stepdaughter, Chelsea of Kingston, two sisters, Mary Jo (Meme) Eigo and Lorraine Dempsey, one brother, Charlie Cecelia, and his wife Linda, all of Kingston, and three grandchildren, Zachary, Jacob and Mercedez Cecelia-Storey. Many nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by two brothers, Michael J. Cecelia (2015) and Joseph J. Cecelia (2017).

The family will receive friends at the Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home, 339 Broadway, Ulster Park, Town of Esopus, on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, from 4 pm to 7 pm, followed by a Time of Remembrance at 7:00 pm.

Cremation at Wiltwyck Crematory will be private.

In lieu of fresh flowers, the family suggests a contribution in Duke's memory to the ASPCA:

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home
    339 Broadway
    Ulster Park, NY
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    Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
    4:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Time of Remembrance

    Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 | 7:00pm
    Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home
    339 Broadway
    Ulster Park, NY
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
    Harry VanVliet IV, Certified Celebrant

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Ralph De Cicco

Our sincere condolences to the Cecelia family,May God give you strength in this time of sorrow.Rest In Peace “Duke”!🙏❤️😥
Comment | Posted at 05:33am via Condolence

Caroline Kindberg

Anthony and Lynne ,My heartfelt condolences hearing the loss of your father. Also my condolences to all of the Cecilia family and friends. Love Caroline Bruno
Comment | Posted at 07:04pm via Condolence

Barbara O'Brien

Lynnie, Chad and family - Donnie and i send our love and deepest condolences.
Comment | Posted at 07:50am via Condolence

Leon Washington

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of my friend Duke. My sincere condolences to the family. He was my friend for a very long time. He will truly be missed.
Leon Washington
Comment | Posted at 06:00pm via Condolence

Jodi Longto

Anthony & Lynnie - I am so sorry for the loss of your father. I remember him fondly from when we were kids. I'm thinking of you and your family during this sad time. Love and prayers, Jodi Hart-Longto
Comment | Posted at 10:40am via Condolence

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