Tony Dagostino (1921 - 2012)


Tony J. Dagostino 91
Worcester - Tony J. Dagostino 91 of Worcester and Dennis, MA passed away peacefully after a period of declining health with his family gathered by his side. Tony cherished his wife of 63 years, Gilda T. (Ricciard) Dagostino. He was born and grew up Worcester, son of Frank and Catherine (Cataldo) Dagostino. Both were killed in the1953 Worcester Tornado. He leaves three children, Robert and his partner Michelle Parretti of Northborough, MA, Richard of West Barnstable and Gina and her Husband Gerald Haigh of Northborough, two grandchildren Anthony and Alison Haigh. Tony also has two brothers Vincent of Shrewsbury and Daniel of Worcester. Predeceased were his sisters Congetta, Mary, Anne, and Brothers Carlo and George.
Tony Graduated from Commerce High School where he was a star athlete! Back in the days of leather helmets, as quarterback, Tony led Commerce High School to a city championship in football. He was triple threat to run, pass or kick. He was also a star hockey player and lead Commerce to a state championship in golf.
He enlisted in the Army Air Force in World War II where he became a second Lieutenant flying P38's as a fighter pilot. After the discharge from the service, he was a flight instructor at the Spencer Airport. Later he joined the Worcester Fire Department and retired as a District Chief.
Tony was an excellent amateur golfer with a one handicap for many years. He won championships at Holden County Club, Indian Meadows, Cranberry Valley and the Dennis clubs where he shot a round of 68 at the age of 70. While playing golf at Green Hill he made a double eagle on a par 5 hole. Many times he played Pro-Am golf with local pros. Tony also made a hole in one at Essex Country club. Tony loved his family and will be sorely missed by all of us. Funeral and services will be private as he wished. All Donations may be made to Spinal Cord Research to the Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation, P. O. Box 9004, Waldorf, MD 20697-0410.

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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from April 25 to April 26, 2012