LAVERY CHARTRAND ALARIO FUNERAL HOME
99 SUMMER ST. FITCHBURG, MA
Fitchburg: Anthony R. “Tony” Alario Jr. 73 of Fitchburg, MA passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Monday afternoon in UMass Memorial Healthcare University Campus, Worcester MA after a sudden illness. He was looking forward to celebrating his 74th birthday Saturday October 20th.
Tony was born October 20, 1944 in Las Vegas , Nevada son of the late Anthony R. Sr. and Vitina (Romano) Alario. He lived in Fitchburg all of his life. Tony was a graduate of Fitchburg High School Class of 1962 and a graduate of Fitchburg State College in 1967. He started his teaching career at the former B.F. Brown School and then at Fitchburg High School. He was a teacher and coach at Fitchburg High School for 35 years. He coached the golf team and was a beloved coach of girls softball and girls basketball teams . He treated the girls like athletes and expected nothing less. He brought his 1989-90 girls basketball team to the State Championship Game.
Tony was a member of the Fitchburg Teacher’s Association, Mass Teacher’s Association, National Education Association, and the Mass Basketball Coaches Association. He was inducted into the Fitchburg High School Hall of Fame , as well as the Mass High School Softball Coaches Association of which he was also a member . He loved to play golf and played in the Disney World Oldsmobile Scramble in 1992 and 1994. He was a longtime softball player and played in the National Softball Tournament in Spokane, WA in 1985 and in Atlanta ,GA in 1986. He also played football for the Twin City Chiefs in 1970. He was a member of the Fitchburg Sportsmens Club, The Marconi Club, and Monoosnock Country Club.
Tony had written a short play entitled “Why?” which was performed at the Stratton Playhouse in 2011. He was cast as an actor in the documentary, “Bringing Down the Mob” for the Mob Museum in Las Vegas in 2011. He portrayed a mobster, meeting other bosses in the Appalachian Mountains in 1957.
Tony was a hard working man and loyal friend. He was always there for those he loved and never let them down. He was a devoted husband and father who will always be remembered, loved and missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Christiane Alario, his daughters, April Burke and husband John, and Tracy Knight and husband Michael, his beloved grandchildren, Elizabeth Koroskenyi and husband Alex, Sean Burke, and Seamus Knight, his brother Ralph C. Alario and wife Gail , sisters Tina DeMar and husband David, and Sherry LeClair, several nephews and nieces, cousins and his adored companion , his cat Blackie. He was predeceased by his brother Peter alario and grandmother Josephine ( Renda) Romano.
His funeral will be held on Friday with a Mass @ 12:30p.m. in Holy Family of Nazareth Church, 750 Union St. Leominster, MA If planning to attend ,please meet at church. Interment will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery , Fitchburg, MA.
Calling hours are Thursday evening at the funeral home from 6 until 8p.m.All are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a Rescue Animal Shelter of your choice in his memory.
The Lavery Chartrand Alario Funeral Home 99 summer St. Fitchburg is directing.
Michael S. Alario – Director – Owner.