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Obituary: Anthony J. Picardi

Anthony J. Picardi passed away on July 20, 2009. A lifelong resident of Port Washington, Anthony was born on May 29, 1924 to Alessandro and Rosina Picardi who originated from Voltara Irpina in Naples, Italy. Anthony attended Main Street School and graduated from Port Washington Senior High School in the Class of 1942. He was drafted into the Army Air Force on Jan. 2, 1943 during WWII. He served in the 15th Air Force 742nd Squadron 455 Bomb Group in Italy until September 1945. Anthony was a proud veteran and a true admirer of all veterans. He enjoyed telling stories to his family and had a true passion for history along with a photographic memory. He also passed on many stories about his father serving in WWI in the NY State Statue of Liberty 77th Division, Army Medical Corp during 1917 and 1918. Alessandro was lucky enough to be in the same barracks with Irving Berlin.

Anthony later married Madeline Capobianco from Glen Cove in June of 1949 and they recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Many people would remember him working at the Port Washington Post Office as a window clerk for 35 years most people knowing him as “Bonesey.” He usually had the longest line as the customers waited patiently to hear his jokes. He also worked part time for Publishers Clearing House for 35 years. He was one of Mr. Mertz’ original employees starting on lower Main Street working what he said was “for gas money.” Most people will remember him by his humor as he loved making people laugh. He was always seen telling jokes to all his friends throughout the town. He was also a loving and devoted family man, never missing any family event and a favorite fan seen at all the kids sports games.

 Anthony was predeceased by his parents; brother Richard; sisters, Carmella Ciminera, Edith Young, Alexandria Piatek and Elizabeth Picardi. He is survived by his wife Madeline; children, Rose (Don), Madeline (Bill), Alexander (Susan); grandchildren, Raquel (Michael), William (Nicole), Alexandria (Maurice), Christina, Donna, Donald, Philip, Meagan (Keith), Alexis and Katlyn; great-grandchildren, Michael, Jayden, Dominick, Sophia, and Ava; his brothers, Julius (Mary) and Lester; and many nieces and nephews. Not only will his family feel the loss but Port Washington will miss one of its original old time Townies.