G. Anthony “Tony” Malizia, 80, of the Plantsville section of Southington, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at the Summit of Plantsville. He had been the loving husband of the late Dolores (Ferrara) Malizia for 52 years.
Born on Sept. 19, 1937, in New Canaan, Conn., to the late Domenick and Antonia (Malizia) Malizia, he had been a longtime Southington resident.
Tony was a New Canaan High School graduate, Class of 1956, where he excelled in all sports. He was recruited by the NY Yankees and was inducted into several Hall of Fames. Tony proudly served in the U.S. Marines Corps during the Vietnam Era. He graduated from the Teachers College of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s Degree and earned his 6th year degree in physical education from CCSU. Tony taught English for over 37 years in the Berlin School System and worked as a cook at the Berlin Pizza House for 27 years. He was an avid fisherman, loved to read and enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Tony is survived by three daughters, Constance DeSorbo and her husband, Darryl, of Southington; Toni-Marie Landino of Plantsville; Mary Provencal and her husband, Alan of Plantsville; and his son, Dominick Malizia and his wife, Cheryl, of Meriden and four grandchildren, Megan DeSorbo, Gina Provencal and Joseph and Louis Landino. He is also survived by four sisters, Marie DiBarnaba, Fisina Tomaselli, Violet Ruscoe, all of New Canaan and Josephine Krone and her husband, Alvin, of Michigan, many nieces and nephews and his dear friend, Francesca Moran of Plantsville. He was predeceased by his infant sister, Angelina Malizia.
The family would like to thank the entire staff at the Summit of Plantsville for their compassion and excellent care.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Tony’s memory may be made to House of Heroes Connecticut, 3000 Whitney Ave., Suite 233 Hamden, CT 06518.
Funeral services with military honors will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, from the Plantsville Funeral Home, 975 S. Main St., Plantsville, with a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Aloysius Church, 254 Burritt St., Plantsville. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. Calling hours will be held Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Plantsville Funeral Home. For online condolences and directions, please visit www.plantsvillefuneralhome.com .