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Anthony Smaldone

Anthony J. "Tony" Smaldone

Wednesday, February 3rd, 1943 Monday, March 16th, 2020

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Obituary for Anthony J. "Tony" Smaldone

Anthony J Smaldone, 77, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Monday, March 16, 2020 in New Paltz, New York.

Born February 3, 1943 in Little Falls, New York, he was the son of the late Anthony J. Smaldone, Sr and Mary Smaldone. He was raised in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up a dedicated Brooklyn Dodgers fan. As a teen he joined the Salesian Seminary where he made life long friendships. He completed high school and college and taught for several years in Goshen and Newton. These brothers have been a constant in his life for over 50 years.

Tony earned his masters degree in music at The University of Hawaii, and then he returned to New York and taught at New Paltz Central schools. He was a band teacher in New Paltz for over 30 years until his retirement in 2002.

He knew how to play every instrument, but favored clarinet and bass fiddle. He taught at high school, middle school, and elementary school levels. His favorite event each year was always the beginner band‘s concert debut. Each year 100-150 new students signed up for band; some perhaps for the Super Bowl party he hosted every year. He always manually simplified and arranged the music for each instrument himself.

He was an avid traveler and owned All About Travel in New Paltz for 25 years. He loved to take cruises and vacations with his family, however Hawaii became his second home. He returned to Honolulu and Maui To visit good friends every year for over 30 years, it was his happy place.

Tony is survived by; his wife, Cora Smaldone of New Paltz, NY, his daughter Pamela Smaldone Rondini and her husband, Chris Rondini; his son, David Smaldone and his wife, Allegra Smaldone, his sister, Rita Almanzo, and his three grandchildren, Dionni Rondini, Alora Smaldone, and Roman Smaldone, as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents and two sisters; Theresa Comple and Isabelle O’Leary.

The family has entrusted the Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home, 339 Broadway, Ulster Park, Town of Esopus, with the care and cremation service arrangements for Tony.

A mass and celebration of life have been postponed due to current circumstances and events. Dates and details will be forthcoming after all travel bans have been lifted and family can attend.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made online in Tony‘s name to:

Hudson Valley Hospice at https://www.hvhospice.org/donate-now/

or checks can be mailed to:

Hudson Valley Hospice foundation, 374 Violet Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.

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A mass and celebration of life have been postponed due to current circumstances and events. Dates and details will be forthcoming after all travel bans have been lifted and family can attend.

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Ernie

Way back when, as New Paltz Middle School principal, I interviewed Tony for the position of band director. At the conclusion of the interview, Tony was hired and I wanted to visit Hawaii.
A remarkable teacher, a gentleman, and a dear friend.
Comment | Posted at 04:39pm via Condolence
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Dennis

Tony was my teacher and band leader. He was very dedicated as both. I remember him well.
Dennis O’Brien
Comment | Posted at 08:02pm via Condolence
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John Bosse

I am one of those Salesian Old Boys who attended college with Tony and also enjoyed attended several annual reunions with Tony and Cora in New York and Boston. I remember as a very talented person, yet very mild mannered and kind in all his interactions. He told me that when he first met Cora it was 'love at first sight' and that love continued his entire life. I send my condolence to Cora and Tony's family for their loss, but heaven's gain. I'm sure he will be leading a 'band of angels' for all eternity.
Comment | Posted at 06:31pm via Condolence

Jack Mellon

RIP Tony
Comment | Posted at 09:59am via Condolence
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