Anthony Edward Scalise Jr., 71, of Newington, formerly of New Britain, Conn., passed away Oct. 7, 2017, at the Hospital of Central Connecticut.
He was born June 18, 1946, in New Britain, the son of the late Anthony and Irma (Carsanico). He was the oldest of five siblings.
He is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Gayle (Wiersema) Scalise and his stepmother, Rose Scalise.
He graduated from New Britain High School in 1964 and served with the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam; also stationed in Cuba and the Mediterranean.
He was employed by Balf Company and Hudson Oil for many years. His favorite career was officiating Basketball where he was a well-respected Official of NCAA Division I, II, III college basketball; also high school. He held many positions such as the Chairman of the Training Committee, Assistant Commissioner of IAABO Board 6 and Connecticut IAABO President in 1995. He retired from Basketball after 39 years of service on Nov. 16, 2008. The governor declared that day Anthony “Tony” Scalise Day.
He is survived by his Son, Michael Scalise and fiancèe, Alissa, of Delray Beach, Fla., and his Daughter, Jaime; granddaughters, Ava, Alexia, Lillian, and Isla; his sister, Deborah Probulis; Brothers, Keith Scalise and Robert Scalise and a beloved Aunt Ines and many more Aunts, Uncles, nieces, nephews and Cousins.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Richard.
To everyone he’s ever met and touched he was truly “The Man, The Myth, and the Legend.” You truly will be missed and never forgotten.
Visitation services will be Wednesday, Oct. 11 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m. at New Britain MemorialDonald D. Sagarino Funeral Home, 444 Farmington Ave., New Britain. A memorial service with military honors will be at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Directions: Exit 37 off I-84 take a right, funeral home is 1½ miles on your right.
Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Lung Association.
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