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Anthony ‘Tony’ DePaola Passes

Published: June 7, 2016 4:26 pm ET

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New Jersey Racing Commissioner Anthony ‘Tony’ DePaola passed away Saturday, June 4, 2016 of complications from surgery.

Born in Newark, NJ on November 1, 1935, his family moved to East Orange, NJ where he graduated from High School in 1955. Upon graduating, he proudly served in the U.S. Army. After receiving an honourable discharge from the Army, Anthony went on to work for the United States Post Office for 38 years before retiring. Throughout his life, he served as Athletic Director at St. Mary's High School, Perth Amboy Oratory Prep in Summit, NJ and St. Pius in Piscataway, NJ. He also coached Soccer, Baseball, and Pop Warner Football. He was a football referee, a baseball umpire and basketball official for many years as well as being involved in many local organizations. In 2014, Governor Chris Christie appointed Tony to the New Jersey Racing Commission.

Tony was predeceased by his brother, Dr. Alphonse DePaola and his sister, Marie Giannone. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Dolores; his son, Dr. Anthony DePaola and his wife, Carla of NJ, his daughters; Antoinette DePaola of NJ and Gina and her husband, Joel Russo of NJ. Anthony is also survived by his grandchildren; Aria, Cristina, Anthony, Lauren, Alyse, Joseph, Alena, Gianna and Maria. He will be missed by all who knew him.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to the charity of your choice be made in Tony's memory.

Visitation will be held at the Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home, 26 Mule Rd., Toms River, NJ on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 from 4:00-8:00pm. A Funeral Mass will be 10:30am on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at St. Maximilian Church, Toms River, NJ. Interment will follow at Brig. General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown, NJ.

Please join Standardbred Canada in offering condolences to the family and friends of Tony DePaola.


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