Anthony Felix Piantoni, 93, of Wilmington, Delaware, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 22, 2021.
Anthony was a native of Delaware, born in Wilmington on June 13, 1928, the son of the late Battista and Maddalena (Marta) Piantoni. He attended Bancroft Middle School, Wilmington High School and Beacom College. Anthony has been an incredible athlete throughout his life. While attending Bancroft Middle School, he became the first athlete to win the decathlon three years in a row, breaking numerous records each year. Anthony continued his success in high school playing both basketball and baseball and has won a letter every year. After high school, Anthony attended Beacom College and was the top scorer on their basketball team. After college, Anthony played softball and was part of the Pusey and Jones, Imperial Valley, Frankie’s Steak House, and The Dupont Experimental Station softball leagues. He was a big part of Frankie’s softball team, helping them make it to Nationals for years in a row. He then became a referee. He was truly an athletic icon in Delaware sports. As a youth, Anthony enjoyed spending summers in Pittsburg with his cousins and taking the train to New York to see the Yankees.
After completing his education, Anthony served honorably in the United States Army and then enjoyed a long career as a chemical technician for the DuPont Company.
Anthony married the love of his life, Joan and they spent 51 years together before she passed away in 2014. Together they had two daughters, Mary Tavani of Wilmington and Donna Glynn (Thomas) of Hockessin and were the proud grand- parents of four beautiful grandchildren. , Michael Anthony Tavani, and George, Anthony and Ashley Glynn. Anthony’s greatest happiness was spending time with his family. His grandchildren, who will always know him as Poppop, will remember him singing and dancing around the table, their long walks with him in the park, going to church and spending the night in wake up to a pancake breakfast with lots of bacon.
Anthony had an energy in him that was captivating. He was loved by all who knew him. After his retirement, Anthony enjoyed spending time in Delaware Park and you could often find him in the morning with a group of his friends, including his longtime friend, Ralph, in some of their favorite places to eat. He was also an avid golfer and a member of the Dupont Country Club. Some of his best memories and those of his family are those spent in Wildwood Crest and Fort Myers, Florida. Anthony was looking forward to his reunion with his friends from high school, where he was the life of the party. In addition to his parents, Anthony was predeceased by his brother, Dominick Piantoni and his wife, Susanna.
Family and friends are invited to a visit to celebrate his life at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 901 N. Dupont Street, Wilmington on Friday, December 3 from 10:00 am to 10:45 am. A Christian funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in the cathedral cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Anthony of Padua School, 1715 W. 9th Street, Wilmington, DE 19805.
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Posted by Doherty Funeral Homes, Inc. – Pike Creek on November 28, 2021.