Anthony J. Tavoni Sr. of Kennett Square

Anthony J. Tavoni Sr.

Anthony J. Tavoni Sr.

Anthony J. Tavoni Sr., 96, of Kennett Square, died Sunday, Oct. 11, at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital.

Anthony (Tony) was born on Nov. 24, 1918 in his aunt’s home on Hillendale Road in Kennett Square. Tony was the first son, second child of Grace Martelli Tavoni, and Domenic Tavoni of Kennett Square.

He grew up working in his father’s mushroom business and was on the track and soccer teams at Kennett Consolidated High School.

In April of 1942, he married Josephine M. DiAngelis (Pip). Later that year he entered the United States Army and after boot camp was shipped off to the war in the Pacific.

Although in the infantry he worked various jobs; billets officer, driver, and received his corporal strip after completion of radio school.

Tony was honorably discharged on Nov. 27, 1945, soon after he made it back home at which time he went back to work for his father, along with his two brothers Sam and Dom. He and Pip started their family (Vicki and Tav), and he pursued his passion by obtaining his private pilots license that he maintained for 40 years.  Golf later also became another favorite pastime.

Tony was a chartered member of the American Mushroom Institute, a longtime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion, a member Knights of Columbus, the Kennett Square County Club, and an almost founding member of the Italian-American Club in Kennett Square.

All those he touched will miss his comradeship and wit. He became an avid reader and until the very end, he enjoyed talking and challenging you about everything and anything especially the Phillies, history and politics.

You are invited to visit with family and friends on Monday Oct. 19, between 10 and 11 a.m. at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church, (Rt 41) 8910 Gap Newport Pike, Avondale, Pa 19311. A funeral Mass will follow at 11, burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, N. Union Street in Kennett Square.  In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at or P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas  66675.  Arrangements are being handled by the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (610-444-4116) of Kennett Square.  To share a memory with his family, please visit

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