Anthony J. Gatto

December 26, 2021

Anthony J. Gatto
U.S. Veteran

US Army

Korean War

Anthony J. Gatto, entered into eternal rest, Sunday, December 26th at the age of ninety. He was the beloved husband of 61 years to the late Helen M. (Hayes) Gatto. Cherished father of Cynthia Gatto of Wilmington and Marianne Kukulka, her husband, Paul of of Wilbraham. Treasured grandfather of Mark Anthony, his fiancé Cailyn Kronmiller of Warrington, PA, Kathleen Grace of Enfield, CT and the late Andrew Kukulka. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and friends. Arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn. Tony will be laid to rest next to his beloved wife Helen at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. A celebration of life will be held at a future date at the family’s convenience.  Please, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tony’s memory to the Woburn Public Library, 45 Pleasant Street, Woburn, MA 01801 or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Anthony J. Gatto, entered into eternal rest, Sunday, December 26th at the age of ninety. He was the beloved husband of 61 years to the late Helen M. (Hayes) Gatto.

Tony was born in Cambridge, MA on May 1, 1931, the only son of the late John and Nancy (DiPietro) Gatto. He was the loving brother to three sisters, Mary, Sarah and Nancy Gatto (Wyman). His mother moved the family to Arlington, MA, and raised her family on Everett Street.  His parents both passed when he was a young man and Tony was charged with taking care of the family – a commitment he honored his entire life, caring for his sisters, wife, daughters, and grandchildren until his very last days.

Tony graduated from Arlington High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the US Army and volunteered to serve his country as a combat medic in the Korean War from 1951 to 1953, until being honorably discharged with the rank of Master Sergeant.  He continued to serve his country as an Army Reservist for many years.

Tony spent his entire working career in banking, starting in the mailroom with the Harvard Trust Company in Kendall Square and eventually working his way up to become a Branch Manager, of the new named, BayBank, until retiring in 1993.

He married Helen M. Hayes on June 18, 1960 and was a devoted husband until her death in 2017.  They made their home in Woburn for 61 years and raised two daughters.  He was a lifelong communicant at St. Barbara’s Parish. He loved to take care of his home, maintain his yard, paint, wash his car, fix things, and help his family in any way he could.  

Tony and his family spent many joyful summers at Long Beach Place in Gloucester, MA.  He enjoyed the beach, his favorite spot on the deck looking out at the ocean and his family time.  He loved to read and became a voracious reader in his later years, visiting the Woburn Public Library weekly to stock up on books to keep him company.

His family is so happy to have enjoyed many celebrations in his final year – highlighted by his 90th birthday, when his many nephews and nieces from the Hayes family created a drive-by parade and many families and friends sent along birthday cards, as well as well wishes to celebrate this milestone.  A visit to the North End in Boston in October was spearheaded by his nephew, Harv Wyman and wife Kim, his niece, Nancy Johnson and his grandniece, Lindsey Johnson.  They travelled from California to spend some quality time with the patriarch of the family.  We loved how they affectionately called him “Uncle T.”   We will all miss his daily phone calls, his stories, and the Italian biscuits he loved to bake.  

Tony was humble, kind, fiercely independent, generous, and lived his life for his family.  Tony shared his gifts – love your family and others unconditionally, forgive and have a strong faith.  

He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. He leaves to cherish his memory his daughters Cynthia Gatto of Wilmington and Marianne Kukulka of Wilbraham along with her husband, Paul; grandson, Mark Anthony of Warrington PA and his fiancé Cailyn Kronmiller, and granddaughter Kathleen Grace now living in Enfield, CT.  Tony was proud to live to see both of his grandchildren graduate from college.  He loved attending their sporting events and was always their biggest cheerleader.   

Along with his parents, Tony was predeceased by his wife, Helen, his three sisters, his grandson Andrew Kukulka and his best friend, Ron Cammarata.

Arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn. Tony will be laid to rest next to his beloved wife Helen at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. A celebration of life will be held at a future date at the family’s convenience.  Please, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tony’s memory to the Woburn Public Library, 45 Pleasant Street, Woburn, MA 01801 or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn. Tony will be laid to rest next to his beloved wife Helen at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. A celebration of life will be held at a future date at the family’s convenience.  Please, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tony’s memory to the Woburn Public Library, 45 Pleasant Street, Woburn, MA 01801 or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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  1. To the Gatto family – Although I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Anthony, I do know that he helped raise a wonderful family. To Cindy, Marianne and your entire family please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your dad, a true American hero and an honored and respected member of The Greatest Generation. Rest In Peace Mr Gatto. You have earned it.

  2. Cynthia. I’m so sorry for your loss. Your father was a special person. May he Rest In Peace. Sincerely, Jackie Davis

  3. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. He sounds like a wonderful father. I too lost my Dad as my first parent to die and the pain goes deep. May you feel God’s comfort and knowing he is in Heaven.

  4. A fathers love always remains in your heart – Cynthia – I did not ever have the chance to meet your dad – I have heard so many beautiful things about him – my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. You will meet again!!

  5. A fathers love is a never ending gift – he will always be in your heart-I am so sad I never got to meet him – but I have heard so many wonderful things about your Dad Cynthia – my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  6. Hi Cynthia,
    Saying goodbye to those we love is the hardest task we face in our lives. May you find strength and peace in the times you shared together. Loving, Carla

  7. Cousin Cindy and Cousin Marianne, my deepest sympathies to you both for the loss of your father. He was truly a unique and special individual. Not only was he a great father and grandfather, he was the anchor of the Gatto family. He was a wonderful brother to his three sisters. He was my Godfather and my Uncle. I cannot imagine a finer Uncle ever. He was also a dear friend to me all my life. My four children will miss him as well as my wife Kim who also became very close to Tony. Last Sunday God received an Angel at his doorstep. My God rest and give peace to his beautiful sole.

  8. My heartfelt condolences to you, and your family for the passing of your father. There is a Native American saying when you share your joys you double it and when you share your sorrows you halve it. Hope in sharing your loss it softens the grief and in remembering his life it brings you joy! May your father rest in peace. Sara

  9. Cynthia, Dad’s are incredibly special to us all our lives. They take our Heavenly Father’s place here on earth looking after us and I know how special your bond was. Heartbroken for you! Remember that he loved you so much and that love lives on inside of you always. So sorry.

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