Anthony Condello

FRYEBURG, MAINE — Anthony Condello, 92, of Fryeburg, passed away on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011 at the Condello family home in Fryeburg, after several months of debilitating health issues.

Born in Westfield, N.Y., June 10, 1919, the son of Domenic and Louise (Calarco) Condello, he resided in Fredonia, N.Y. for most of his life. He was one of nine siblings and a first generation Italian American whose family emigrated from Reggio, Calabria, Italy.

While serving his country in the 253rd Infantry, 63rd Division during WWII, Anthony was wounded in Germany on April 8, 1945. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the European African Middle Eastern
Service Medal. He was Honorably Discharged from the Army on Sept. 12, 1945. As an accomplished musician, he played gigs before, during and after WWII, and did a one-time appearance with Kay Kyser of Kay Kyser’s “Kollege of Musical Knowledge.” In the mid 1950s he went to work for the True Temper Corporation in Dunkirk, N.Y., and remained in their employ for 35 years until his retirement.

Anthony had a passion for great jazz and swing era music with his favorite musician being Benny Goodman. Anthony’s son, Charles, credits his father for instilling in him the joy of music and for being his inspiration to become a musician and music educator. Anthony was also an avid golfer in his younger years and greatly enjoyed sports of all kinds.

In his mid-sixties, he became a Ham Radio Operator, earning an Advanced License to operate in the Amateur Radio hobby and communicated with people from all over the world. He would now be referred to
as a “Silent Key” in his hobby, whose Call Sign was “KE2JM.”

Anthony is survived by his son, Charles Condello, 60 (formerly of Fredonia, N.Y.); daughter-in-law, Ann (Musto) Condello (formerly of Woburn, Mass.); and his grandchildren, Paul Condello, 24; John Condello,
22; and Deborah Condello, 21; all of Fryeburg. He is predeceased by his wife Doris Marie (Draggett) Condello, also of Fredonia, N.Y.

A gentle, patient, compassionate, but strong individual, “Tony” will always be remembered by his son as a most beloved father and by his grandchildren as a most beloved grandfather. He was the greatest possible
role model for their lives and will forever remain their hero.

Visiting hours were held Friday, Nov. 25, 2011 at Wood Funeral Home, 9 Warren Street, Fryeburg, Maine. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Fryeburg.

Arrangements are with Wood Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.woodfuneralhome.org

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