Brooklyn – Anthony Donatelli, 89, of Brooklyn, CT formerly of Mendon, MA, beloved husband of Cynthia (North) Donatelli, died on Friday, December 18, 2020, at Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, CT, surrounded by his family. Tony was born on May 10, 1931, in Lettomanopello, Abruzzi, Italy to the late Mario and Maria (DeSanctis) Donatelli.
After emigrating to America at the age of 3, Tony grew up in Uxbridge, MA and was an all-star athlete at Uxbridge High School. He Joined the United States Navy following graduation, to serve on a minesweeper in Korea, surviving the sinking of the USS Pirate in Wuhan Harbor. After his discharge he attended Boston University to become a Physical Education teacher. His first job was at Rock Hill School in Wallingford, CT, where he met a pretty third grade teacher named Cindy North and swept her off her feet. They married in November 1959 and moved back to MA when he was hired by his alma mater. “Mr. D” was a beloved P.E. teacher at Uxbridge High School from 1961 – 1989. He also was head football coach for many years as well as Athletic Director and was commissioner of the Southern Worcester County League.
Tony was a member of the Uxbridge American Legion and the Mendon Lion’s Club serving as president and treasurer. He was also chairman of the Mendon County Fair. Tony loved gardening, building stone walls, researching, and scrapbooking Uxbridge High School history, and regaling family, friends, nurses, and anyone else who would listen with stories of his many adventures.
After his daughter Christina opened Victoria Station Café in Putnam, CT, Tony became a baker, keeping the café stocked with biscotti. Devotion to family is the legacy that he has left behind.
He was a devoted family man, much loved by his surviving wife of 61 years, Cynthia; his four children, Beth Herbert (Mark) of Wake Forest, NC, Steven Donatelli (Lynn) of Douglas, MA, Christina Donatelli-Anderson (David) of Brooklyn, CT, and Tony Donatelli (Alisa) of Forest Park, IL; his eight grandchildren, Alex, Sarah, Eric, Amanda, Jason, Isak, Sabrina, and Adriana; his two great grandchildren, Isla and Benjamin; his older brother, Adrian Donatelli of Uxbridge, MA, and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents and his sisters, Justina Wolf and Nena Bisbee. Memorial donations in Anthony’s name may be made to the Uxbridge High School Scholarship Fund, c/o Uxbridge High School, 300 Quaker Hwy., Uxbridge, MA 01569. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT 06260. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.