Anthony D. “Tony” Mancuso
Anthony D. “Tony” Mancuso, 66, of Fredonia, N.Y., died Thursday. Oct. 8, 2020, at the Cleveland Clinic. after a lengthy illness with his loving family at his side.
He was born May 16, 1954, in Dunkirk, N.Y., the son of the late Anthony S. and Marie C. (LaPaglia) Mancuso.
Tony was a graduate of Fredonia High School and attended Jamestown Community College, but his true calling was following in his father’s footsteps as owner/ operator of Mancuso Service Center. Starting as a teen pumping gas, then becoming a very accomplished mechanic. Following his father’s death, Tony took over the company. Subsequently, he expanded the company becoming a successful business man in his own right. In his 20s and 30s he loved restoring antique and classic cars. His favorite being his 1938 Chevy Coupe which he won numerous first place trophies. He was a 4th degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus at St. Anthony’s Church Council.
Tony’s true love was his family. In June of 1975, he married the love of his life, Shelley Damian.
They had two wonderful children: Anthony and Regina, followed by four grandchildren that were the best gift Tony felt he ever had. His grandchildren were everything to him. Until about a year ago, Tony worked side by side with Shelley, Anthony and Regina running the family business. He decided to step back and let the next generation take over. He loved to vacation with his wife, especially winter trips to Florida. When he was home, he loved to work on his lawn and around the house.
Survivors include his wife, Shelley Mancuso; his son, Anthony J. (Kelly) Mancuso; his daughter, Regina (Michael) Willey; his four grandchildren: Lillianna and Cassandra Mancuso and Jacob and Gianna Willey and his sister, Diane (Bruce) Wilger, all of Fredonia; his brother-in-law, Gary Damian of San Diego, California; sisters-in-law: Linda (James) Joworski of Geneva, Ill., and Laura (James) Sweet of Hamburg, N.Y.; and his aunt Rita LaPaglia of Fredonia, N.Y. Also surviving are his nephew. Tommy (Kate) Brown; nieces: Kim (Greg) Myers, Teresa (Nicholas) Jordan, Nicole and Sydney Sweet; and many cherished cousins
Calling hours will be Tuesday 4-7 p.m., at the LARSON-TIMKO Funeral Home, 20 Central Ave. Fredonia. COVID regulations will be in effect. Please wear a mask and maintain six feet social distance. Capacity is limited due to COVID regulations, please expect delays.
A private family funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony’s Church on Wednesday.
Memorial contributions maybe made to the Northern Chautauqua Catholic School or Chautauqua County Rural Ministry’s Friendly Kitchen.
Online condolences may be made at larsontimko funeralhome.com.
Arrangements by David J. Dengler.