An­thony “Big Tony” Pi­etro Martino

The Mercury News - - Obituaries & In Memoriams -

Septem­ber 16, 1942 - Septem­ber 25, 2018 Res­i­dent of San Jose

In lov­ing mem­ory of An­thony “Big Tony” Pi­etro Martino, brother, hus­band, fa­ther, leader, and our hero. An­thony was born in Brook­lyn, NY, to the union of Rose and En­nio Martino, who both em­i­grated from Martzi and Naples, Italy, re­spect­fully. He was the third child and old­est son of four chil­dren, and the fam­ily resided on Nos­trand Av­enue in Brook­lyn, NY. An­thony at­tended Eras­mus Hall High School where he played foot­ball as a de­fen­sive line­man and grad­u­ated in 1960. He en­tered the United States Air Force af­ter grad­u­a­tion and served in the Strate­gic Air Com­mand. In 1965, An­thony met Mar­garet Cather­ine Sper­duto of Queens, NY. The two fell in love and were mar­ried on Septem­ber 30, 1967. The cou­ple moved to Ox­ford, CT, where An­thony built their home. From 1968 to 1970, the cou­ple had two sons, Ricky and An­thony (Lit­tle Tony).

The fam­ily re­lo­cated to the San Jose area in 1974 and en­joyed many camp­ing and fish­ing trips. An­thony coached More­land lit­tle league base­ball and was an ex­cel­lent re­source to friends in the Strawberry Park neigh­bor­hood where the fam­ily resided. An­thony re­tired from Lock­heed in 2005 af­ter work­ing on var­i­ous aero­space pro­grams as a Project Man­ager. In re­tire­ment, An­thony en­joyed spend­ing time with his fam­ily in­clud­ing his grand­chil­dren, Alena and Mario. An­thony be­came Pres­i­dent of the Ital­ian Men’s Club of San Jose where he worked with a num­ber of char­i­ties in the com­mu­nity. An­thony was com­mit­ted to his fam­ily, his com­mu­nity, and his coun­try through­out his life.

An­thony is sur­vived by his wife, Mar­garet, his sons, Ricky and An­thony, his grand­chil­dren, Mario and Alena, his nieces Josephine Ce­leste and Maria, and his sib­lings Josephine, Mathilda, and En­rico. Memo­rial Ser­vice will be held on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20, 2018 at 11AM at Lima Fam­ily Santa Clara Mor­tu­ary, 466 North Winch­ester Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95050.

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