Birth: Friday, February 18, 1921 in San Fele, Italy
Residence: Charlotte Hall, Md.
Death: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at the age of 99
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On Wednesday, April 22, 2020, Anthony (Tony) Mecca departed this life at Charlotte Hall Veteran's Home with his wife Gabriele by his side. Tony was born on February 18, 1921, in San Fele, (Potenza) Italy, son of Maria Nigro and Giuseppe Mecca. He and his mother emigrated to the United States in 1928 where they were met in New York by his father.
Tony lived with his family in New York City until he enlisted in the US Army in 1942. After Basic Training, he was deployed to Calcutta, India, where he was assigned to the 126th Area US Army Hospital serving as an X-ray technician. He completed his military service in 1946 and was honorably discharged. At the time of his death, at age 99, Tony was one of the oldest surviving World War II veterans.
After leaving the military, Tony held a variety of positions until he found his passion: the hospitality and travel industry. He, along with several family members bought and operated two hotels in Virginia. When the hotels were sold, Tony joined the West Park hotel chain where he developed the Red Carpet Reception for tour groups. He went on to have a successful career in the hotel resource service. In 1989, he married Gabriele. He and Gabriele were avid travelers, and in 1991, they opened their own tour and travel company that they both ran until Tony retired from it in 2016.
Tony was preceded in death by his father Giuseppe, his mother Maria, his beloved sister Frances, and brother-in law Salvatore. He leaves behind his devoted wife Gabriele; his brother Salvatore; his daughter Toni Ann; three grandsons, Charles (Alison); Paul (Tracie); and Lawrence; and four great granddaughters, Haley, Mary Danielle, and Hope; and his nephew, Ron (Narda) and their daughter Lindsay, and his niece, Diana (Rocky) and their sons Joseph and John. He is also survived by four stepchildren, Christina, Daniella (Larry); Jason (Erika), and Melissa (Frank); and eight step grandchildren.
Due to current circumstances, Tony's funeral service and burial with military honors will be held at a later date.
Donations in Tony's memory may be made to Charlotte Hall Veteran's Home www.charhall.org.
Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com