Antonio Tamasi

Antonio Tamasi, 94, of Princeton, NJ, passed away peacefully at home on August 23, 2021, surrounded by his loving family.


Born in Pettoranello, Italy, Tony immigrated to the United States in 1953 and settled in Princeton.


He worked in the grounds maintenance departments at Princeton University and then RCA Laboratories. After a 35 year career at RCA, he retired in 1992. After retiring, he expanded his part-time landscaping business and continued to work well into his eighties. 


Tony was a member and past President of the Societa M.S. Roma Eterna, and a member of the Princeton Italian American Sportsman Club. He was a devout parishioner of St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church. Tony was an avid gardener and was passionate about his craft. For many years he volunteered his time planting and maintaining the beautiful grounds of Pettoranello Gardens in Princeton. He proudly shared his gardening expertise with family, friends and neighbors.


Tony’s true passion was his family. He was a devoted husband, proud father and PopPop, a loyal brother and friend.  He enjoyed helping his children and grandchildren with their vegetable gardens and landscaping. He especially enjoyed spending time with family at Sunday dinners. Tony leaves a legacy of hard work and love of family.


Predeceased by his parents, Vito and Carmela (Cifelli) Tamasi, his sister, Cleonice Nini and son-in-law, James Willie, Tony is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Evelina (Pirone) Tamasi, his daughters and son-in-law, Carol Ann Willie, Marisa and Michael Robson, his grandchildren, Jennifer Bukowski and her husband Michael, Lauren Carey and her husband Chris, Lindsay Robson and Michael Robson. Five great- grandchildren, Ryan, Evan and Kyle Bukowski, Megan and Jack Carey. His sisters, Ida Ciccone and Esterina Sferra and her husband Umberto.  His sister-in-law Mary Ann Pirone, brothers-in-law, Giuseppe Nini, Ralph Pirone and his wife Lydia and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


Visitation will be held from 4 pm to 8 pm on Friday, August 27, 2021 at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton. Funeral will be held on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 9 am at the funeral home.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow at Princeton Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, donations in Tony’s memory may be made to Embracing HospiceCare, 3349 Route 138, Bldg., D, Suite F, Wall, NJ 07719.