Thomas Vincent Anthony


October 30, 1918 - July 5, 2013

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Thomas Vincent Anthony (Uncle Tom), 94, died Friday, July 5, 2013 at Autumn Care Rehab Center, Wilmington, NC. He was born October 30, 1918 in Newton, MA, the son of William Anthony and Winifred O’Donnell Anthony. Tom moved to Wilmington in 2009 from New York. He was preceded in death by his sister, Kathryn McKeon, and brother’s George Anthony and William Anthony, great nephew, Geoffrey Guthrie. Tom was also preceded in death by his beloved girlfriend of 45 years, Olive O’Keefe, with whom he took many trips throughout the United States and Canada and entertained his family with fun stories of fishing, boating and delicious meals long after he was no longer able to travel. After high school he served in the Army during WWII just prior to joining the family wholesale flower business. He always wanted to travel so in 1951 he decided to become an umpire, he traveled with the minor leagues for five years before joining the New York Shipping Association, he retired as a Longshoreman in 1987. He played ball all his life, softball in Central Park with the Sons of David League and later handball well into his 80’s until he was forced to stop playing because he could no longer see the ball. Tom held the title of National Handball Champion for players over 65 for several years.
He is survived by his niece, Winifred Guthrie (Gary) and nephew, William Anthony McKeon (Ginny), great nephews; Gary (Marie), Greg (Katie) and Bill (Lindy) and great nieces, Kathy, Margaret, Heather (Kyle); great-great nephews; Eric, Nick, Drew, Tony, Justin and great-great nieces, MaryJane, Anna, Sophie, Desiree, Cameron, Claire and Olive.
The family wishes to thank his loving caregivers from Lower Cape Fear Hospice, especially, Theresa Hicks. A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 12, 2013 at St John’s Episcopal Church at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center or the charity of one’s choice.
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