Anthony Abruzzese

Anthony C. Abruzzese Jr.

Sunday, February 7th, 2021
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Anthony (Tony) C. Abruzzese, Jr, 69, of Westerly, RI, passed away on February 7, 2021. Born in Westerly, he was the son of the late Mary and Anthony (Brazz) Abruzzese, Sr.
He is survived by his sister Rosanne (Abruzzese) Giuliano and her spouse Glenn, nephew Adam Giuliano (Erin), niece Sarah (Giuliano) McGinley (Scott), great nieces and great nephews Hannah and Noah Giuliano and William and Freya McGinley, an aunt and several cousins.

Anthony attended Westerly schools and the Frank Olean Center. In his mid-thirties, with the help of the Olean Center, he landed a job with the Stop and Shop Supermarket in Westerly, RI., where he worked for over 30 years until retirement at age 65 years. Anthony was very proud to be working for the company and he was a proud UFCW union member.

Anthony was a faithful NY Yankees and NY Giants fan. He loved to attend minor league baseball games, as well as watch any sport program on television. He could recite facts and stats of many team members. Besides sports, Tony was interested in map reading, local and national news and 1960’s and 1970’s TV series.
The kindness of this gentle giant will be missed by his family and friends.

Anthony’s family would like to give a special thank you to all the staff at the Westerly Health Center and Beacon Hospice of RI.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Anthony’s memory may be made to The Frank Olean Center, Inc., 93 Airport Road, Westerly, RI, 02891.

Funeral services will be private. Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce Street, Westerly, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences, please visit
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Dave Panciera

Posted at 08:46pm
I first knew Tony when I coached the Olean Center softball team some thirty years ago. He was always one of my favorite players, a gentle giant and a great teammate. I ran into him often after that, at Stop and Shop, of course, but also from time to time at Job Lot and elsewhere, and we always shared a good word or two. I will miss him....Dave Panciera

Nick Bottone Jr.

Posted at 03:11pm
Dear Rosanne & Family,

Memories abound from the old "school bus stop" at the top of Henry St. and Potter Hill Road many years ago. Tony's magical
persona was larger than life, as he always entertained while we were all waiting for the ride to school. Our condolences and
prayers in Anthony's memory, and for all of his Family and many friends. Sincerely, Nick Jr. & Barbara Bottone

Larry Hirsch

Posted at 05:29am
Dear Family of TONY: he was a wonderful person who I had the privilege of being with him at Camp Wakanda and recreation facilities in Westerly. May he Rest In Peace. Sincerely, Larry Hirsch

Patricia Marchese

Posted at 08:24pm
Rosanne and family,
my deepest heartfelt sympathies go out to your family. May he Rest in Peace.

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