Obituary: Antonio Vincenzo DeLuca, 83, Entrepreneur

Rich Kirby
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Information Courtesy Kane Funeral Home

BETHEL, CT — Antonio Vincenzo DeLuca, 83 of Bethel, and Ormond Beach, Florida, passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2021. He was the loving husband of Mirella (Desiato) DeLuca.

Mr. DeLuca was born on March 22, 1937 in Pietranico, Italy, a son of the late Alberto and Giselda (Zappacosta) DeLuca. He immigrated to the United States in 1954 and first found employment at the Gilbert & Bennett Wire Mill and Nazarro Brothers.

Mr. DeLuca was a true entrepreneur and was involved in many area developments and construction projects. He founded Tony's Restaurant and was partners with siblings Bruno, Giuliano and Anna in Mama Rosa's Restaurant, DeLuca Brothers Lumber and DeLuca Hardware. At the time of his death, "Tony" was most recently involved with his children Anthony, Paul and Marina in DeLuca Construction.

In his spare time he enjoyed gardening, collecting cars, singing and dancing, and a nice glass of homemade wine or limoncello with family and friends. Tony was passionate about spending time with his grandchildren as well as his long walks on the beaches of Daytona, FL with his wife, Mirella.

Mr. DeLuca is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mirella and their 4 children: Lydia Knapp and her husband, Edward; Anthony DeLuca and his wife, Dottie; Paul DeLuca and his partner, Michael Tejada and Marina Englund and her husband, Randy. Mr. DeLuca is also survived by his 5 grandchildren: Nicholas Knapp and his fiancée, Rebecca; Gina Knapp and her fiancé, Matthew; Austin DeLuca and Perri and Avery Englund. In addition, Mr. DeLuca is also survived by his brother, Giuliano DeLuca and his wife Mary of Ridgefield; his sister Anna DeLuca of Redding; his sister-in-law Natalie DeLuca of Bethel, and several nieces and nephews. Antonio was predeceased in death by his brother, Paulo DeLuca and his wife Anna of Italy; Filomena Marsili and her husband Gianvincenzo of Ridgefield; Maria Cavicchia and her husband Emilio of Weston.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions affecting all of us at this time, a private mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by invitation only, on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, Bethel. There will be no calling hours. Entombment and a celebration of life will take place at a later date when all can gather safely.

To view the funeral mass live stream or leave a condolence for the family, please visit www.jowdykanefuneralhome.comIn lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Antonio may be made to the following: Danbury Animal Welfare Society, 147 Grassy Plain St., Bethel, CT 06801; Amerigo Vespucci Lodge No. 160, P.O. Box 641, Danbury, CT 06810, American Lung Association, www.lung.org. Kane Funeral Home, Ridgefield is in care of funeral arrangements

This article originally appeared on the Bethel Patch