Donato Tin­tori, 82, of Rosendale

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES -

ROSENDALE >> Donato Tin­tori was born Jan. 2, 1934 and died on Oct. 5, 2016.

Born in Bagni di Lucca, Tus­cany, Italy, Donato lived through the al­lied in­va­sion to free the town in World War II. He served in the Ital­ian mil­i­tary in the 1950’s, sta­tioned in the Alps as part of the moun­tain di­vi­sion, the “Alpinos”. He came to the U.S. in 1962 and opened Amer­i­can Stat­u­ary in the Bronx, mak­ing plas­ter cast­ings for florists and fur­ni­ture stores. He moved to Eastch­ester and his shop be­came LT Stat­u­ary, adding in fiber­glass and con­crete items. In Fe­bru­ary 1993, he moved the shop to Till­son, N.Y., and changed the name to Donato De­signs. He even­tu­ally opened the shop in Ac­cord, N.Y. For 40 years he made stat­ues un­til April 2011, he suf­fered a stroke which stopped his hand­i­work. The shop con­tin­ued on run by his son Marco who changed the name in 2013 to Tin­tori Cast­ings. He is sur­vived by his sons, Marco of High Falls, and Danny of Hast­ings on Hud­son; two daugh­tersin-law, one grand­daugh­ter, and another on the way. He is also sur­vived by fam­ily in Italy: sis­ter, Gemma; brother, Enzo; nieces, neph­ews, and cousins. He was “the fa­vorite Tio” and was loved by all.

A Me­mo­rial Ser­vice will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday Oct. 16, 2016, at Mid-Hud­son Chris­tian Church, 2393 Rte 300 Wal­lkill, N.Y., 12589. Donato was an avid fish­er­man, so in lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions may be made in Donato’s name to the Ashokan Cen­ter, a lo­cal ed­u­ca­tional wa­ter­ways con­ser­va­tion group at 477 Beaverkill Rd. Olive­bridge, N.Y., 12461. www. ashokan­cen­ter.org

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