Anthony "Tony"'s Story
Mr. Anthony “Tony” Testaverde, 95, of Gloucester, passed away on Friday, July 8, 2016 in Addison Gilbert Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Jeanne (Addivinola) and the late Rose (Asaro) Testaverde, his childhood sweetheart.
Tony was born in North Sq. Boston on September 5, 1920, to the late John and Rosalia (Carini) Testaverde. He has lived in Gloucester since the age of 7.
Tony was educated in Gloucester schools and left school at the age of 14 when he began fishing on his father’s fishing boat to help support his family. He continued to work on the Gloucester Waterfront as a Fisherman and was the cook on many boats over the years until his retirement. Then cooked in many local restaurants.
He was one of the fishermen who was honored to carry the 700 pound statue of St. Peter on his shoulder during the two mile Sunday procession through the streets of Gloucester during the annual Fisherman’s Fiesta.
He was a proud WW II United States Navy Veteran. He joined the Navy in 1942 as a third class Petty Officer. He went from a Gloucester Fishing boat to a Navy Ship. He was promoted to a Chief Boatswain’s Mate. He was a Plank Owner of the LST459 and the LST 746. He served all of his war time in the Pacific and took part in amphibious landings and moved personnel and supplies around the islands in New Guinea, Cape Gloucester and New Britian Islands as well as the Phillipine islands. While in the Phillipines, his ship the LST 746 was credited with the shooting down of three Kamikaze Japanese planes.
He was a life member of the disabled American Veterans’ Chapter 74, the Veterans’ of Foreign Wars, the Capt. Lester S. Wass Post #3, Gloucester American Legion, Gloucester AMVETS Post 32, St. Peter’s Club and Gloucester Lodge No. 892, B.P.O. Elks.
Tony received six battle stars, the WW II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Assiactic Pacific Campaign Medal, Phillipine Liberation Ribbon and the Presidential Unit Citation.
Everyone who knew Tony will always cherish all the years of love and laughter he brought to their lives.
In addition to his devoted wife, Jeanne, of 31 years, he is survived by his children, Rosemary and her husband, Rene St. Pierre, Karen McCormack, former son-in-law, Michael McCormack, Anthony P. Testaverde and his wife, Mary, all of Gloucester. He is also survived by his wife’s children, Phyllis and her husband, Coleman Walsh of Norwell, Diane and her husband, Michael Coletti of No. Andover and Frank J. Addivinola, Jr. and his wife, Angelica of Boston. He is survived by his loving grandchildren, Jason St. Pierre of Somerville and Ryan St. Pierre and his wife, AnneMarie of Wilmington, Travis McCormack, Tony Testaverde, Jr., all of Gloucester, Kristen and husband Mark Tuden of Stoughton, Michael Coletti and wife Charlotte of New York City, and Mark Coletti of No. Andover. He is also survived by two brothers–in-law, Samuel Asaro husband of Louisa, and Daniel Asaro and sister-in-law Rosemarie Asaro and many “favorite” nieces, nephews and godchildren.
He was predeceased by his siblings: two sisters, Pauline Scola and husband, Lawrence, Rose DaCruz and husband, Anthony, Rosario and Nina (Randazza), Peter and Jennie (Susanno), Sammy and Josephine (Susanno) and Jimmy Testaverde, two sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Mary (Asaro) and Jerry Palazola and Marion (Asaro) and Joseph Curcuru and brother-in-law, Peter “Butch” Asaro, Jr. and Jean (Sonia) and Vito Asaro and Cynthia (Goulart) Asaro.
Tony’s funeral will be from the Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle St., Gloucester, on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 9 a.m. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Parish in St. Ann Church, Prospect St. Gloucester at 10 a.m.
Visiting hours will be in the Pike-Newhall Funeral Home on Monday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Donations in Tony’s memory may be made to the WW II Memorial Fund c/o Gloucester House 63 Rogers St. Gloucester, MA 01930. For online condolences and register book please visit .
Pike-Newhall Funeral Service