Anthony J. ‘Tony’ DiSarcina

May 5, 2015

Anthony J. ‘Tony’ DiSarcina
U.S. Veteran

US Navy

Vietnam War Veteran

ANTHONY J. “TONY” DiSARCINA – of Winchester, Tuesday, May 5th. Beloved husband of Anne M. (Caprigno) DiSarcina. Devoted son of the late Joseph A. and Mary F. (DeVellis) DiSarcina. Dear brother of Gennaro “Geno” DiSarcina and his wife Rita of Billerica and Joseph A. “Joe” DiSarcina and his wife Christine of Winchester. Also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, May 8th at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church, 158 Washington Street, Winchester at 10. Relatives and friends may call at the Funeral Home on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Winchester. Remembrances may be made in Anthony’s memory to the Poor Clare Nuns, 920 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.

OBITUARY:

Anthony J. DiSarcina passed away after a brief illness, at the Aberjona Nursing Center in Winchester, early Tuesday morning, May 5th. The beloved husband of Anne M. (Caprigno) DiSarcina, he was seventy-five years of age.

Born in Somerville, he was one of three sons born to the late Joseph A. and Mary F. (DeVellis) DiSarcina. Having grown up and been educated in Somerville, he was a graduate of Somerville High School, Class of 1957. Anthony continued on after high school to Tufts University in Medford, where he graduated from with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering with the Class of 1961. Anthony did not stop there! He continued on to University of New Hampshire, where he received his Master’s Degree, again in Civil Engineering. At that time the war had started in Viet Nam and Anthony enlisted in the United States Navy where he served as a Lieutenant for the next six years. Anthony was assigned as Commanding Officer on the USS Aeolus, which was in the Panama Canal during the Bay of Pigs.

While Anthony was growing up, his Mom worked in the garment industry right next to another woman, Mrs. Caprigno, who had small children also. The two families became very good friends. Lo and behold didn’t Anthony DiSarcina and Anne Capringo fall in love and in 1965, began their lifelong journey together as husband and wife. Hand in hand and side by side, together for forty-nine wonderful years!

Right after his return home from the war, Anthony secured a position at the Boston Redevelopment Authority, which was a position he held from 1964 thru 1971. The Metropolitan Planning Organization, where he became the Director of Traffic Staff, was a position he held for the next ten years in the area he was so comfortably creative and knowledgeable in. Anthony then ventured out on his own and for the next decade had become renowned for his work in the area of planning and traffic. Anthony had been recognized and awarded for his “Technical Excellence” on his design and work on the “Big Dig” in 1994, while working at Cambridge Systematics. Howard, Stein and Hudson Engineering was Anthony’s next professional venture, where he again shared his knowledge and expertise.

A very quiet, gentle and unassuming man, Anthony loved a challenge! From the time he was in junior high doing a science project on re-routing Bell Circle in Lynn, all the way to being an award-winning engineer right here in his home state! Changing Leverett Circle, Back Bay Connector and many other sites, Anthony was always designing and developing new and innovative ways of dealing with traffic.

Anthony and Anne were able to travel over the years all over the world. Skiing adventures over the years was always a significant part of wonderful winter memories. They enjoyed hosting parties at their home for family, friends and colleagues. A brilliant, strong-willed and conscientious man, Anthony shared a wonderful sense of humor and was always very sensitive to the needs of others, particularly his, wife, brothers nieces and nephews.

Anthony was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Transportation Engineers, having the distinguished honor as a “Fellow” in both organizations.

Anthony was sadly predeceased by his parents.

He is lovingly survived by his wife, Anne, his brothers, Gennaro “Geno” DiSarcina and his wife Rita of Billerica and Joseph A. “Joe” DiSarcina and his wife Christine of Winchester, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, May 8th at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church, 158 Washington Street, Winchester at 10. Relatives and friends may call at the Funeral Home on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Winchester. Remembrances may be made in Anthony’s memory to the Poor Clare Nuns, 920 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.

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  1. Dear Ann,
    Needless to say I was shocked to learn of Anthony’s passing…
    My prayers and Thoughts are with you ..
    Love Louise

  2. William Conroy IV

    I heard of Tony’s passing last night at a community meeting. We worked together on the Big Dig for 11 years. I represented the City of Boston and “TONY” The Project. We always worked through the “Numbers”. He was a brilliant man his mind always in motion. He often took me aside to educate me on work related things but mostly to tell me a joke, riddle or tongue twister. He always brought a smile to my face no matter what my state of mind was in. You could tell from just meeting him he was confident with himself and truly happy with his life. I am truly blessed that God put him in my life when he did. God must have had a special job for a very special man. I will miss my friend. May God Bless you and watch over you during this most difficult time.

  3. Anne – you do not know me nor I am not sure that Tony would have remembered me – my career took many to many other cities over the years. But very early in my civil engineering career (late 80s) Tony readily shared his insights and experiences with me in a way that helped advance my thinking and approach to civil engineering as well as always being open to sharing one’s experiences with the younger generation. As I grew to realize the position of great esteem that he held in our industry, I have always attempted to use his openness to help this young guy as a reminder of the impact every experience that you have with someone may have. My life was better for having known Tony. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time.
    Sincerely,
    Mike Carragher

  4. To AMD FROM AMD.
    My sincerest condolences to you Ann. Sorry I could not attend. You are in my thoughts n prayers.
    Anne M Decubellis

  5. Thank you Joe for a beautiful remembrance at Friday’s service. While he was known to his family as Anthony, those of us who had the opportunity to work with him professionally knew him as Tony D. Indeed, simply saying Tony D in a conversation involving Boston area transportation people was enough for instant recognition by all. You captured the traits we all loved and respected; we all enjoyed working with him and knew we would get equal parts of outstanding knowledge and humor. Living in Winchester, Nadine and I also have the opportunity to know and spend time with Anne — which is just an added joy.

    John Suhrbier

  6. Anne,

    I was so sorry to hear of Anthony’s death. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

    Jan (Schecowicz) O’Connor

  7. Anne thinking of you and Anthony and holding you both in my thoughts and prayers.Love you.Jeanne Dempster

  8. Anne,
    Please know that are thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Anthony was a wonderful man. He will be missed. Hold on to all of your great memories and he will be in your heart always.
    Love Mary Ann and Michael Monahan

  9. Dear Anne,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I think of you often, I always have. I think of Anthony, often, too. I always enjoyed spending time with the both of you.

    I have nothing but joyous memories of Anthony and you. I remember how funny you both were. Whenever I was in Anthony’s and your presence, I remember smiling faces and people laughing, all around the room.

    I remember Anthony’s voice and sense of humor…the twinkle in his eyes as well as the gentleness and caring center of his heart and soul.

    Anthony was a good man, who healed people around him, simply by being himself. He found humor in most everything, and I remember how much he made me laugh…even and especially at times when my heart hurt inside.

    For the moments I spent around him, he always managed to ease my pain and lift my spirit with peace, joy and laughter.

    I will keep you both in my prayers.

    Love, Always,
    Dianne DiNucci Bullard

  10. Ann, so sorry to hear the news of Anthony in the paper this am. We have known the family back to the grandparents for years and were very close to his mother and aunt and uncles.There was a time when the uncles painted my mother’s dining room and I still remember that. (1939)
    Mary was so amazingly loving of her family and she would be devastated about her son. Ann, the club girls were over your house in W. once and we had a lot of fun laughing. I don’t know if you remember.
    i just went through the process of losing my husband of 65 years and my prayers and wishes go out to you. i will be thinking and praying for you because it is a very difficult time. love, me

  11. Dear Anne,
    Sorry for your loss ! Anne you are in my prayers and thoughts. I remember Tony as a young child on Lake Ave.
    Ellen ( Coakley ) Szetela

  12. So very sorry to hear about Anthony. Everyone would always smile when you heard either Anthony & Anne or Anne & Anthony. Just a great and well loved couple. Countless parties with my parent’s and everyone. Anyone that knew Anthony…you are already missed!…Kay Boodakian Lentini

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