Anthony G. Giambanco
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Gloucester - Anthony G. "Matza" Giambanco, 62, of Gloucester, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Monday, October 14, 2019.
He was born in Gloucester on October 15, 1956, son of the late Enzo and Rosalia (Cilluffo) Giambanco.
Anthony was a graduate of Gloucester High School, class of 1974.
He worked for Mullen Advertising as their In-House Painter. Anthony was instrumental in every St. Peter's Fiesta. He was a six-time Champion and Sheriff of the Greasy Pole and had a passion for the Seine Boat and International Dory Races. He was proud to be an Italian-American, was a life-time member of the St. Peter's Club, and cherished family traditions. He was a hometown hero and loved the City of Gloucester deeply.
In his earlier years, Matza loved playing flag football, won the Golden Glove in boxing, and was an avid New England sports fan. He was also known as the Olive Connoisseur, being very picky about his homemade olives.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Anthony is survived by his two daughters, Christina Giambanco and Rosalia "Rosie" Giambanco; mother of his children, Marie Rao Giambanco; his four sisters, Marianne Paquette, Rosaria Floyd and her fiancé Jimmy Testaverde, Sefatia Romeo Theken, and her husband Matthew, Grace Numerosi and her husband Giuseppe; nieces, Carla Trombly and her husband Teddy, Lia Romeo Oliver and her husband Matthew, Melissa Romeo, Lia Numerosi, Jennifer Paquette; nephew, Brandon Paquette, nephew and godson, Ben Numerosi; nieces, Rachel Rao and Jamie Kathryn Rao; nephews, Nick Rao, Alexander Rao and Michael Bell; great-nieces, Bianca Oliver, LiAnna Romeo, Emma Trombly and Kaia Paquette; great-nephew, AJ Romeo-Oliver; many close friends, including Steve and Gina Bertolino; many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was predeceased by his favorite uncle, Tony Cilluffo; brothers-in-law, Antonino Romeo, Harry Floyd; aunt, Gina Brancaleone; his mother and father-in-law, Phyllis and Anthony Rao.

His funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Ann's Church, Holy Family Parish on Saturday, October 19, 2019, at 12 p.m. A visitation will be held prior to the Mass in St. Ann's Church from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. The burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery. Following the burial, all are invited to the lower church hall for some refreshments and a time to share memories.
Arrangements by Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester. For online condolences, please visit
Published on October 15, 2019


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Paul DeMarco
Oct 21, 2019
My sincerest condolences to the Giambanco family, Anthony rest in peace.
Chris + Frank
Oct 19, 2019
Sending love always to the entire family and continued prayers for strength during this difficult time. You are all very strong and stronger because of how you are as a family, but may you find peace and comfort through your faith and love. Our family is here for you always and our love is with you always.
Greg Pierce
Oct 18, 2019
My good friend Matza used to do what I called the "Mustang call" that would literally crack me up. One day, coming up Washington street, going to visit my sister Terry and her roommates Cathy and Kelly Moynahan, I was spotted by Matza with a couple friends across the street. He knew that call cracked me up, and started in on me, I couldn't stop laughing, all the way up the street and into the 3rd floor of my sister's pad. Only Cathy Moynahan was there, had the window open, and as I told her Matza was doing the "Mustang" call, she laughingly said, "is that what that was"? She heard it all the way down the street from her window, and I didn't stop laughing till I told her the story. May have b...een the funniest time in my life. Love ya Matza and will for sure miss you. R.I.P. my old friend.Read more
John and Marie Orlando
Oct 18, 2019
To the entire Giambanco family our most sincere sympathy for Anthony’s passing.
Michael Francis
Oct 18, 2019
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Carla Pennacchio
Oct 17, 2019
To my dear friend Marie and her daughters Christina and Rosie, my heart is heavy with your loss. Your love and caring for Anthony is and was a blessing- for all of you. I hope you remember and cherish all the small moments that really make up a lifetime. Love and hugs to all of you. Xoxo
Mick Verga.
Oct 16, 2019
I will miss you my compare. You were one of the toughest and funniest people I’ve had the honor to call my friend. I enjoyed being your deputy on the greasy pole way back when! The Mighty Matza will always live on. Godspeed sheriff. You will be missed.
Theodore W, Beauparlant
Oct 16, 2019
I remember playing ping pong in the basement of 22 Friend Street with Matza and company. He was a good player and a fun guy. This goes back to the 1970's when I was just a kid. Rest in Peace. God Bless.
Leo Sharamitaro
Oct 16, 2019
To my best friend of 43 years, you will never be forgotten. Many may not know how close we were but some do. When I look at my family there is so much of you. My daughter was named after your mother and you are her godfather. My son Anthony is named after you. My other son Michael you are also his godfather. I was your best man as you were mind and you gave me the honer of being your daughter Christina's godfather. We did so much together and the memories will always be cherished. Love you and miss you and some day we will meet again in heaven.
Big John nicastro
Oct 16, 2019
One of the all time fiesta legends. You will always be a part of fiesta. We will never forget the day you stopped at the end of the greasy pole with your hand on the flag and looking out at pavilion beach with hundreds of your fans cheering. God bless you and your family. You will never be forgotten.
Peter Amaral
Oct 15, 2019
Sincere Condolences