ANTHONY P. (NINO) SCALIA SR. - Age 81, of Batavia, died peacefully Saturday afternoon February 15, 2014 at the New York State Veterans Home @ Batavia following a long battle with Parkinson's. He was born November 29, 1932 in Batavia to the late Peter and Jennie (Gallina) Scalia, also preceded in death by his grandson, Peter "PJ" Scalia Jr.; sisters, Jane Scalia and Mary Barone, and several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.
He married his high school sweetheart Julia Peca on January 22, 1955 in St. Anthony's Church being the first couple to ever be married in a Catholic ceremony at the new church.
Mr. Scalia was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He absolutely adored his wife and children and always put his family's happiness first, which is why he purchased a cottage on Silver Lake in 1966 providing his family with over 40 years of wonderful memories that will be with them always. He was a certified lifeguard at the age of 16 and loved swimming, boating, fishing. A boy scout who later attained the rank of Eagle Scout, being one of only a couple scouts in the area to achieve this, then moving on to be a Scout Master to the Explorers. He will always be remembered for his kind and thoughtful personality, his great sense of humor, his famous "one liners" and his beautiful long eyelashes.
Mr. Scalia served in the U.S. Army as a machinist during the Korean War where he received medals for Korean Service, UN Service and National Defense. He was a member of the Batavia Lions Club, Knights of Columbus and Ascension Parish. After serving in the military he took over the family business as a self-employed plumber in the Batavia area. He retired in 2002.
He is survived by his loving honey of 59 years, Julia L. (Peca) Scalia of Batavia; four children, Peter (Nancy) Scalia, Deborah (Richard) Seymour and Anthony P. (AnneMarie) Scalia Jr. all of Batavia and John (Kathy) Scalia of Pelham, NH; grandchildren, Jason Scalia, Rachel Allen, Jacob Seymour, Lucas Seymour, Abbey Scalia, Trevor Palone, Ashley Scalia and Megan Scalia; two great-grandchildren, Kassandra and Samantha Scalia; sister, Anne Havens of Batavia; sisters-in-law, Rose Monachino, Florence Lullo and Margaret Worth all of Batavia along with many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends may visit from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday February 18, 2014 at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where prayers will be recited 9:00 a.m. Wednesday February 19 followed by a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Resurrection Parish (St. Joseph's Site). Entombment will be in the Father T. Bernard Kelly Mausoleum in St. Joseph's Cemetery with Military Honors. Memorials are suggested to the NYS Veterans Home @ Batavia Activities Fund, 220 Richmond Ave. Batavia, NY 14020 or the Batavia Lions Club PO Box 456 Batavia, NY 14021.
Please share your memories of Nino, with his family at www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information call Michael at (585)343-7500.
THE FAMILY OF ANTHONY P. SCALIA SR. IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020.