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Antonio D'Ambrosio

Antonio Michael "Tony" D'Ambrosio

Wednesday, November 29th, 1933 - Tuesday, March 26th, 2019
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“A Life Well Lived”

Son, brother, husband, father, teacher, coach, mentor, friend

“The world has lost a good soul today and heaven has just become richer”

Antonio “Tony” Michael D’Ambrosio, 85, of Storrs, Mansfield passed away on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at home, after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was predeceased by his wife of 42 years Judith Lee (Hibbard). He was born in Keene, NH on November 29, 1933 the son of Italian immigrants and the eighth child of Antonio D’Ambrosio and Maria (D’Intino). He graduated from Keene High School in 1952. He was married on March 2, 1957 at Saint Bernard Church in Keene. He received his undergraduate degree from Keene State College in 1960 and his master’s in education in 1962. After teaching in Vermont for two years, Tony and Judy moved to Wethersfield and he began his 33 year teaching career at Rocky Hill High School where he taught history and coached the golf team. They moved to Coventry in 1965 where he raised his family. He taught graduate courses at Wesleyan University in the late 60’s and early 1970’s. He believed in giving back to the local community and was a long time member of the Elks Club, Lions Club, Coventry Beautification Committee, Little League Baseball, Golf Coach and Tennis Coach. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church (Coventry) and St. Thomas Aquinas (Storrs).

Besides his parents Antonio and Maria he was predeceased by his wife Judith, his brothers Pasquale and Michael D’Ambrosio, his sister Mary, his sister Doris (Jaquith) and her husband Myron, his sister Ann (Mason) and her husband Jess, his sister Josephine (D’Ambrosio) and her husband Joseph, and many relatives and close friends.

He is survived by his daughter Lee Ann (Sklar), son Christian D’Ambrosio and his wife Gina, grandsons Cooper and Carson D’Ambrosio, granddaughter Sarah Sklar, brother Pat D’Ambrosio and his wife Hansine (Whippie), his good friend Genevieve McGann, her daughter Kimberly McGann and husband David Buisch, and her son Mark McGann, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

As a teacher, coach and mentor, he figured out what style worked for you, how to reach each person, how and when to approach them and always had some quiet advice for his students, athletes and fellow teachers. His usual approach was to wait until the moment you were alone, pull you aside when a teaching moment would present itself and tell you his thoughts, “did you ever think of this, what were you thinking when you did that or how about trying it this way”.

He was a dedicated sports fan of the UCONN athletic teams, Boston Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins, New York Giants Football, Eastern Connecticut State University Soccer Teams, Central Connecticut State University Men’s Soccer and Hartford Whalers! He was an avid outdoorsman enjoying golf, tennis, hiking, cross country skiing, gardening, “bird watching” and the occasional fishing. He loved Cape Cod and had many fond memories of family summer vacations camping at Nickerson State Park, renting a cottage in Brewster or Eastham, attending summer league baseball games, digging for oysters and clams, walking the beach or just grilling.

We would like to thank the people at Beacon Hospice and Stay at Home Care LLC for their compassionate care.

Please join us for a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 11 AM at St. Mary’s Church, 1600 Main Street (Rt. 31) Coventry, CT. There will be no wake or calling hours. Burial will be private.

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    Saturday, March 30th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, March 30th, 2019 11:00am
    St. Mary Church, Coventry
    1600 Main St.
    Coventry 06238


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Patricia Castagna

Posted at 02:05am
Lee and Chris, I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. I remember how great he and your mom were when I stayed with you all those years ago. I will keep him in my prayers. Love to you both, Tricia


Posted at 01:25pm
There are few people I’ve had contact with in my life that are kinder, helpful, enjoyable, or empathetic than Tony D’Ambrosio!!! Tony will be missed by me and so many others ... God speed to you, Tony.

Tami Goodstein

Posted at 10:38am
Mr D made a lasting impression on me from my time at RHHS. He is the person who encouraged me to apply to the college I ultimately went to and that decision determined the course of my life. I’m not the only one he had that type of influence on; he made a difference in many students lives. Please know I carry a piece of him with me everyday and I am a better person because of him. I hope it brings you some solace to know that he lives on through his former students.

Lee Ann D'Ambrosio Sklar Posted at 03:25pm

Hi Tami, I just had a chance to go to my father's obituary and read the condolences that were left. I am grateful for your note. I never saw my father teach so it was one of the few parts of my father's life I am unfamiliar with. I had similar teachers growing up so I can appreciate and understand the role he played in your future. Thank you again for your kind thoughts. Lee Ann D'Ambrosio

steven strange

Posted at 09:46am
Tony and I were great colleagues at the mornings, before classes began, we would sit down and talk about all sorts of things....and one day he would bring a dozen donuts to share, and the next I would do the same. A finer gentleman, colleague, scholar and friend like Antonio is hard to find. I feel honored to have been his colleague and friend. Rest in peace to my beloved colleague and friend.

Lee Ann D'Ambrosio Sklar Posted at 03:29pm

Hi Steven, I really appreciate your kind words about my father. I don't know if you were able to come to his memorial service or not but your reflections made me smile. I am glad to know that he played an important role in your life and you have such wonderful memories to cherish. Lee Ann D'Ambrosio Sklar

John Maruffi

Posted at 09:40am
Mr. D'Ambrosio was my favorite Teacher. He was my History Teacher for three different years. I have a passion for History and I believe he was the reason. I am truly sorry for your loss.

Lee Ann D'Ambrosio Sklar Posted at 03:27pm

Hi John, That sounds so familiar. He is the reason I majored in history in college and the reason his granddaughter is now going to college to study historic preservation. I am so happy to know that he played such an important part in your life. Thank you for sharing this. Lee Ann D'Ambrosio Sklar

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