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Anthony J. Elacqua
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Mr. Anthony J. “Tony” Elacqua, 92, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 21, 2017, at Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare.

Tony was born on November 20, 1924, in Harding, WV, one of nine children, born to Peter and Palma (Esposito) Elacqua. He was educated in West Virginia and in 1940 the family moved to the Utica area. During WWII, Tony served in a Tank Battalion in the US Army in Japan and the Philippines. On June 3, 1945, he was joined in marriage to Laura Barbino Velletto. The couple shared fifty seven loving years together. His beloved Laura passed away on August 15, 2002. Tony worked as a laborer for N.D. Peters for over thirty years and later as a custodian for the Utica City School District for several years retiring in 1989. He was a long-time member of the American Legion Post 229 and a communicant of St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Church.

Tony will be remembered as a patriarch in his family who, even at a very young age, took responsibility for their future and well being. As a boy, he left West Virginia and went to live and work on the Crescenzo Family Farm in Sauquoit, gradually bringing his mother, brothers, and sisters to Central New York.

Throughout his life he remained dedicated to his family and he was continuously generous. He was a true gentleman, well respected by all, and happy to be in the company of those he loved.

He is survived by his two sisters and one brother in law, Augustine DeCarlis and Claude Rahauiser and Joann and Joseph Barbero; a daughter in law, Joan Velletto; also many beloved grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his step daughter and her husband, Mary and Felix Colosimo and step-son John Velletto, two brothers and sisters in law, Joseph and Flora Elacqua and James and Mary Elacqua and four sisters and three brothers-in-law, Mary and Gene Valenti, Ellen and Louie Geno, Grace and Frank Leone and Congetta Elacqua.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial with Military Honors on Monday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel/Blessed Sacrament Parish. Private interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. There are no calling hours.

The family would like to offer special thanks to Christina and the entire staff of the 6th floor of St. Luke’s Hospital for providing excellent care to Tony during his illness. In recognition of this outstanding care, please consider donations in his memory to the 6th Floor of St. Luke’s Hospital. Donations may be made at the service.
 
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Mr. Elacqua was a Great Man! I am so glad that I had the opportunity to know him. He was the perfect model of a family man and went out of his way to make everyone feel at home while in his presence. My condolences to the Elacqua family

Written by Bob Emilian
2017-04-22 8:12:44 PM


Of all sad things we may endure, the saddest is saying farewell brother. Brothers may die but live in our hearts and mind. To have a brother like you, is to have experienced a very special gift. There is a special place in our hearts for the one we call big brother. May you rest in peace. Until we meet again. Joanne and Joseph Barbero

Written by Debbie Barbero
2017-04-23 4:11:02 PM


Uncle Tony, Of all the many blessings to have had you for an Uncle, was the greatest one of all. The family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same. But God takes us one by one, the chain will link again. Rest in peace. Your nieces and nephews. The Barbero Clan.

Written by Debbie Barbero
2017-04-23 4:29:47 PM


My condolences an prayers to the entire Elacqua Family.

Written by Bob Ollerenshaw
2017-04-24 12:07:38 PM


uncle tony you will be missed more than words can say. if is wasn't for you and moving my grandmother and aunt's and uncles to ny this great family would have never been made. I will miss some sunday dinners at my parents house and listenening to some of your stories when bringing you home. as the last remaining uncle in our family say hello to my aunts and uncles in heaven. you will be missed dearly and on behalf of the barbero's, Leone's and the elacqua's god bless and rest in peace.

Written by sal barbero
2017-04-24 4:56:40 AM


I would also like to thank cousin Anthony and Julia for what they did for uncle tony these last several yrs, our family appreciated it and so did uncle tony. god bless.

Written by sal barbero
2017-04-24 9:17:58 AM