November 28, 1935 ~ June 4, 2020
Anthony F. Calagna (Tony), beloved husband, father, and grandfather, died peacefully on June 4, 2020. He was 84.
Tony was born on November 28, 1935, in midtown Manhattan and spent his childhood in Elmhurst and Jackson Heights In Queens, getting into all kinds of mischief with his lifelong friends, Eddie Wilson, Roger Vaughn, and Bruce Gregory. He spent his high school years at Brooklyn Tech, where he met his dear friend, Bob Ebner, who introduced him to his future wife, Cathy. Tony went on to Georgia Tech where he graduated with honors in 1958 with a degree in civil engineering and then launched a career building public infrastructure and facilities, single-family homes, and commercial buildings. An entrepreneur at heart, he started his first company in 1965 with his brother, Joe. Later, he developed, owned, and managed several commercial buildings in St. James for many years.
Tony married Catherine Ebner in 1961, and they quickly started a family. Their daughter, Christine, was born first, followed by a second daughter, Renee, in 1962, and a son, Anthony, in 1969. Tony built his young family a home on Steep Bank Road in Nissequogue in 1965, where he lived until his death.
Tony loved fishing, and he always had a boat, first anchored in Smithtown harbor, and later, as his ambition and boats grew in size, docked in Montauk and Greenport. He was happiest catching stripers and bluefish on Long Island Sound and tuna on overnight expeditions to the canyons. He shared his passion with his family and his many friends. When he wasn’t fishing, you could usually find him on the back of his boat, with a cigarette and a Johnnie Walker in hand. He loved to tell stories and off-color jokes. He was fun and charming and larger-than-life, and he will be missed by all.
Tony is survived by Cathy Calagna, his wife of 59 years; his children, Christine O’Rourke and her husband Dave, Renee Mitchell and her husband Mitch, and Anthony Calagna and his wife Hilary; his brother, Joseph; and his grandchildren, Sandra, Alec, Cole, Hugh, and Alice.
A visitation will be held under social distancing protocols on Monday, June 8th, from 11am to 1pm at the Branch Funeral Home in Smithtown and will be simultaneously live-streamed on the Branch Funeral Home website. In lieu of flowers, please consider sending donations to Visiting Nursing Service and Hospice of Suffolk or your favorite charity.
East Northport, NY 11731
Tony’s Services Will Be Available On Webcast Monday 11:00am – 1:00 PM With A Family Eulogy at 12:30 PM.
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