Yorkville, NY - Mr. Anthony “Tony” Thomas Joaquin, age78, passed into the arms of the Lord, with his beloved wife Gloria, of 56 years, daughter, Valerie and son, Anthony Jr., by his side on July 14, 2022 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY.
Tony was born to his wonderful parents Marianne and Manuel Joaquin on June 17, 1944, in Utica, NY where he grew up in East Utica. He graduated from Wetmore Grade School and Proctor High School where he excelled in sports. In 1963, he played for the Mohawk Valley (Frankfort) Falcons, a Semi-Pro football team and was in a photo in Sports Illustrated Magazine. Tony played fast and slow pitch softball for over 26 years along with his brother, Tom. In 1964, he started work for General Electric in Utica and then in 1969 went on to work for the next 34 years, 2 months and 16 days for the United States Postal Service in New Hartford, a job he truly enjoyed.
Tony and Gloria were married on July 30, 1966, at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, New Hartford and spent most of their life, loving and living together in Yorkville. Tony enjoyed the game of golf more than it enjoyed him. He and Gloria, together with their children also enjoyed camping. Tony was an active member of the Yorkville Fire Department for more than 41 years and spent 35 years as the Financial Secretary. He had a knack for riling up all the nieces and nephews and taking off while they got in trouble for being wild, hence, him being a “favorite uncle”.
Tony is survived by his beloved wife Gloria; daughter, Valerie and Eddie Bracey of Yorkville, who spent many years taking care of them gracefully and his son, Anthony Jr. and Michelle of KY. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Jeffrey Alsheimer, Briana Joaquin, Nicolette and Jordan Hajdasz, Autumn Gardner and Josh Owens; beloved great-grandchildren, Nathaniel, Jonah, Nico, Penny, Hunter Scott and Love; his brother, Thomas and wife Barbara Joaquin; sister-in-law, Suzanne Joaquin; brother-in-law, Richard Becraft; in-laws, Earl and Kathy Whitaker, Barbara Artz, Pat and Mike Liberty, Duane Whitaker and Paul and Chris Whitaker as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins, especially, the Frates Clan.
Tony was predeceased by his son, Jeffrey on February 6, 2018, and his sisters, Labania and Martha; brothers, Manuel and Pasquale; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Earl and Yvonne Whitaker and his parents.
A Celebration of Life for Tony will be held this WEDNESDAY 7/27/22 at Mary, Mother of Our Savior Parish, (Our Lady of the Rosary Campus, on Burrstone Rd.) where his Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Visitation will be held in church for one hour before Mass from 11:00 am until the commencement of the funeral mass at 12 Noon.
A special thanks to Chris and Paul Whitaker, Pat and Michael Liberty, MaryLou Sprague and Anthony Fargnoli, Debbie and Joe Schnitt, and Annette Bernard for all they have done for us.
Thank you to my cousin Fran Druyor for all the phone calls, e-mails and prayers for Gloria and me.
The Joaquin family appreciates everyone for their kind words, prayers and cards over the past years, Thank You!
Valerie: A special thank you for everything you lovingly did for your mom and I over the last number of years. From all the rides for the doctor’s appointments in Syracuse to Rochester, to the wonderful meals you prepared for us, you’re a great cook and a loving daughter. Thank you,
-Love Mom and Dad.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Tony’s name to the Yorkville Fire Department. Envelopes will be available at the Mass.