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Anthony Smaldone

Anthony J. "Tony" Smaldone

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

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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.

Friends will be received at St. Joseph's Church Hall, New Paltz on Friday, September 25, 2020, from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph's Church, New Paltz on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 10:00 am. Burial will follow at New Paltz Rural Cemetery.

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

Friends of Guirgho, 176 Main St, New Paltz, NY 12561 or www.friendsofguirgho.org

Arrangements are under the care of the Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home, 339 Broadway, Ulster Park www.GVVFH.com

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  • Visitation

    Friday, September 25th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:30pm
    St. Joseph's Church NP
    34 South Chestnut Street
    New Paltz, NY
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    Friday, September 25th, 2020
    2:00pm - 4:30pm
    ST. MARYS HALL FACIAL COVERINGS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING ARE REQUIRED
  • Second Visitation

    Friday, September 25th, 2020 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    St. Joseph's Church NP
    34 South Chestnut Street
    New Paltz, NY
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Friday, September 25th, 2020
    7:00pm - 9:00pm
    FACIAL COVERINGS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING ARE REQUIRED
  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, September 26th, 2020 | 10:00am
    St. Joseph's Church NP
    34 South Chestnut Street
    New Paltz, NY
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Saturday, September 26th, 2020
    10:00am
    FACIAL COVERINGS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING ARE REQUIRED
  • Interment

    Saturday, September 26th, 2020 |
    New Paltz Cemetery
    81 Plains Road
    New Paltz, NY
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    Saturday, September 26th, 2020

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Charles Seymour

Tony was (and always will be) a brother to me. His passing has left a hole in my life. God Bless you, Tony.
Comment | Posted at 07:14am via Condolence
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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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