Tony Tullio was born on February 11, 1921 in his home on Rosewood Street, Philadelphia, PA to Nicola and Amalia Tullio. He resided there, with his 5 brothers and 3 sisters, during childhood. Tony passed away at 99-3/4 years old at his residence in Springfield, Virginia, on October 27, 2020; was survived by his loving children, Niki, Natalie, Eric, and Kurt; son-in-law, Steve; daughter-in-law, Sharon; grandchildren, Nikki (Jamie), and Kristin (Dennis), Tyler (Maddy), Derek (Llansi); and great-grandchildren, Haley, Mac, Livie, Logan, Charlie, and Vikram; sister Caroline. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 64 years, Clair; his parents and seven siblings. AKA Pop the Patriarch by his family and close friends for the past 20 years.
After serving his country in World War II, Tony made the Army his career. Landing on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France during Operation Overlord of WW II and participating in the Battle of the Bulge began the Army life that offered Tony, and later Clair, many opportunities to experience cultures of many countries, and lifestyles of different regions in America. Taiwan, Helsinki, Finland and Baghdad, Iraq are the overseas places where they were stationed. Following his Army retirement, hotel management, and then contracting officer for the Federal Reserve Board completed his work life when he retired at age 71.
Tony loved his Italian heritage and kept in touch with family from Italy, visiting several times. Known far and wide for his cooking skills, he passed on many Italian family recipes. Always looking to continue his education, he took piano lessons in his 60s, Italian and Internet courses in his 70s. Tony made lifelong friends, making every effort to keep in contact with them throughout the years. Dancing was a special enjoyment for both Tony and Clair, which they continued until the end of their earthly lives,
Tony was a devout Catholic, loving and giving, and forgiving! A faithful St Michael parishioner of 58 years, he participated in the Perpetual Adoration ministry, senior group, and other activities to provide for the needy. After retirement he attended Mass daily until he was unable to drive, continuing his devotion at home on the television. Tony attended Mass every week until the Church was forced to shut down during the COVID pandemic. He served as a member of the Knights of Columbus for many years. Jesus was always his role model, so he became a wonderful role model for his children, family, friends and co-workers. Tony is a gentle soul and loves our Lord with all his heart. This special child of God will be greatly missed!
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