Anthony P. Vozzella

September 17, 2020

Anthony P. Vozzella
U.S. Veteran

US Army National Guard

Anthony “Tony” P. Vozzella – 90, of Woburn joined the Lord’s army of angels on September 16, 2020. Beloved wife of 69 years Helen (Masse) Vozzella. Cherished father of Christine Hennessy, her husband Michael of Woburn, Paul Vozzella, his wife Diane of Billerica, Robert Vozzella, his wife Beth of Billerica. Dear brother of Ralph Vozzella, his wife Jeanette of Woburn.  Adored grandchildren Michael Hennessy, his wife Erin, Suzanne Fee, her husband Brian, Erica Carbone, her husband Brent, Amanda Vozzella, Andrea Stevenson, her husband Brett, Alyssa Vozzella and Paul Vozzella, Jr. Loving little army of twelve great-grandchildren, Brayton, Quinn, Jack, Addison, Nolan, James, Devon, Cormac, Tristan, Gavin, Collin, and Anna, as well as his sister in law Mary Masse and many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to Anthony’s Funeral Mass, Tuesday, September 22nd at 10 a.m., in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn. Interment to follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Those who feel comfortable are invited to briefly pay their respects on Monday, September 21st at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn. Those who are 65 and older or experiencing any health problems are invited to come between 3-4 p.m., with the general public invited between 4-6 p.m. However, the family already feels the love and condolences of those who cannot attend services at this time. All attending are asked to enter through the front door of the funeral home and exit through the back door. Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Anthony’s memory to a charity of one’s choice.

Anthony “Tony” P. Vozzella – 90, of Woburn joined the Lord’s army of angels on September 16, 2020. Tony was born and raised in East Boston. He was a member of the Boston and International Typographical Union and a retired employee of the John Hancock Insurance Company.

Tony enlisted in the Massachusetts Army National Guard in 1948, and rose to the rank of First Sergeant. In 1955, he attended Officer’s Candidate School at the Artillery and Guided Missile School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He retired in 1988 with the rank of Colonel. Colonel Vozzella is a proud member of Fort Sill Hall of Fame. Beyond that, Tony loved his country and served his fellow American citizens in times of crisis for 40 years. His patriotism and work ethic was unmatched. 

Anthony loved spending time with his wife Helen and their loving family. Tony, or Papa T, as he was affectionately called, loved talking sports with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He could tell you which sport (and position) all his great-grandchildren played and enthusiastically attended their games when he was able. He loved to read and talk about current and historical events with his family, both young and old.  He was an avid gardener and enjoyed sharing his crops with family and friends. He was always happy to share his garden tomatoes with anyone who was going to make a “gravy.” (However, he was not as generous when it came to sharing the tomatoes with the neighborhood rabbits and critters!) Tony and Helen traveled extensively, most times with friends or family, and often making friends who became family along their travels.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Helen Vozzella, his daughter Christine Hennessy and her husband Michael of Woburn, son Paul Vozzella and his wife Diane of Billerica, and son Robert Vozzella and his wife Beth of Billerica, brother Ralph Vozzella and his wife Jeanette of Woburn.  He leaves behind seven adoring grandchildren and their spouses (who were honorary grandchildren), including Michael Hennessy and his wife Erin, Suzanne Fee and her husband Brian, Erica Carbone and her husband Brent, Amanda Vozzella, Andrea Stevenson and her husband Brett, Alyssa Vozzella and Paul Vozzella, Jr. He is also survived by a little army of twelve great-grandchildren, Brayton, Quinn, Jack, Addison, Nolan, James, Devon, Cormac, Tristan, Gavin, Collin, and Anna, as well as his sister in law Mary Masse and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to Anthony’s Funeral Mass, Tuesday, September 22nd at 10 a.m., in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn. Interment to follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Those who feel comfortable are invited to briefly pay their respects on Monday, September 21st at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn. Those who are 65 and older or experiencing any health problems are invited to come between 3-4 p.m., with the general public invited between 3-6 p.m. However, the family already feels the love and condolences of those who cannot attend services at this time. All attending are asked to enter through the front door of the funeral home and exit through the back door. Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Anthony’s memory to a charity of one’s choice.

Relatives and friends are invited to Anthony’s Funeral Mass, Tuesday, September 22nd at 10 a.m., in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn. Interment to follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Those who feel comfortable are invited to briefly pay their respects on Monday, September 21st at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn. Those who are 65 and older or experiencing any health problems are invited to come between 3-4 p.m., with the general public invited between 3-6 p.m. All attending are asked to enter through the front door of the funeral home and exit through the back door. Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Anthony’s memory to a charity of one’s choice.

Those unable to attend the wake for health or personal reasons are encouraged to leave an online condolence, story or message.

 

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  1. I served with and for Tony for many years he was always tough and fair. He will be truly missed.

  2. So sorry for your loss. I hope all of your memories comfort you at this time. A long life lived by a good man and loved by a great family. Thinking of you all.

  3. William R. LaBrie, Brigadier General, USA(Ret.)

    Saddened to learn of the Colonel’s passing. I served with him in several assignments. He was a mentor and a good friend. My condolences to Mrs. Vozzella and family. He was a good, decent man, and a respected soldier. He had no pretentions and always said what he thought (no punches pulled). God rest his soul.

  4. So happy i had the opportunity to spend time with my dear friend and his family a short time ago.We laughed and shared stories.I will miss you until we meet again….Yankee Stadium Forever !!

  5. Heartbroken to learn of Tony’s passing. So many fond memories of him growing up next door, always ready with wise advices, with great sense of humor- always had a twinkle in his eyes. Very jovial fellow and I loved visiting him and his dear wife, Helen whenever I came up to visit Dad and Barb. Love to his family.

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