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Anthony J. "Tony" Celano
December 29, 1925 - February 25, 2005
Anthony J. "Tony" Celano, age 79 of Wilmington, DE passed away peacefully on Friday morning, February 25, 2005 at home, surrounded by his family. Tony was born in Wilmington December 29, 1925, son of the late Antonio and Annuciata (Castagna) Celano. He attended both Sacred Heart and St. Thomas grade schools and was a graduate of Wilmington High School.
Tony enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1943 and served in the Pacific during World War II, having participated in 13 invasions. After the war, he enrolled under the GI Bill at Goldey Beacom College and later became a member of the City of Wilmington Police Force. In 1950 during the Korean Conflict, as a reservist, he was called to active duty as an Army CID Agent.
Upon his return to the police force, Tony served as a detective, lieutenant of the vice squad and captain of traffic. As a detective, he successfully investigated and solved 1 of Wilmington's most costly jewel heists, "The House of Diamonds". Tony spearheaded the foundation and served as president of the Delaware FOP and was elected secretary of the DAP.
After 20 dedicated years on the police force, Tony retired and began his second career as manager of Bank Credit Bureau in Wilmington, where he directed its conversion from manual files to computer with the bureau later known as Trans Union.
Tony was an avid fisherman and enjoyed cooking his catch for his family. Most of all, he enjoyed his summer vacations at Lewes Beach with his wife, children and grandchildren. He also enthusiastically supported his grandchildren at all their sporting events. He was a member of the Christiana Country Club, the Newark Anglers, the Newlin Grist Mill and St. Matthew's Church.
Tony is survived by his wife of 57 years, Anne C. (Donovan) Celano; his sons and daughters-in-law, Anthony J., Jr. and Florence Celano of MA and James J. and Diane Celano of NC; his daughters and sons-in-law, Antoinette M. "Tina" and Jim George of West Chester, PA, Frances A. and Michael Lemon of Wilmington and Judy A. and David Celli of Newark; and his grandchildren, Katie A. Close and her husband, Jason, Meghan A. George, Caroline V. Celano, Michael F. Lemon, Jr., Thomas A. Celano and Monica A., David A. and Anthony J. Celli. Tony is also survived by his brother, Fiore M. Celano; his sisters, Sue Delapo, Ann Malatesta, Nancy DiVirgilio, Rose Saggione and Jean Maiorano; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brothers, Jimmy and Joe Celano; and his sister, Lizzie Sisofo. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Matthew's Church, Maryland & Fallon Aves., Woodcrest, on Tuesday morning, March 1, at 11 am.
Interment was at All Saints Cemetery in Wilmington, DC.
Published by The News Journal on Feb. 26, 2005.
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