Troy- Anthony J. Von Fricken, Sr., 80 completed his journey to be with the angels on Monday, March 4, 2019 lovingly surrounded by his family at home. He devoted his life to his family, faith and friends. To the end, he did it his way.
Born and raised in Troy, Tony was the son of the late John J. and Anne (Cassidy) Von Fricken. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 51 years Dee (O’Brien) Von Fricken in 2012. He attended Troy city schools.
Tony was a proud tradesman as a steamfitter with UA Local 7 Plumbers & Steamfitters Union joining the rank & file on January 6, 1959. He spent the majority of his working years at Trojan Hardware where he worked on several projects including Troy Towers, RPI Quad, Leonard Hospital and Skidmore College. Tony enjoyed the work he did in the trade and regaled in sharing stories with all who would listen. He was certified as a Master Plumber by the City of Troy in 2003.
Tony actively supported youth sports as a volunteer at Central Little League in the 1970’s & 1980’s and served as Vice-President for a number of years. He was instrumental in establishing the back field. Many a young baseball player grew in the game through his tutelage. Tony was also a top notch bowler and appeared on “Bowling for Dollars” a number of times. He was an avid NY Yankees fan traveling to many games at the stadium through the years.
The sport that was Tony’s lifelong passion was golf. He fell in love with the game as a little boy shagging balls for the golf pro at Frear Park Municipal Golf Course in Troy. He said that no other course had a view like Frear. He loved the front nine, having shot eagles on most of the holes. He worked as a ranger at the course for over a decade, retiring in 2012. He dedicated hours of time sharing the game he loved with others and served as the vice-chair of the Rensselaer County Amateur Golf Association. He was elated when he shot his age during his 68th year.
As a faithful Catholic, Tony joined the Knights of Columbus to serve the greater needs of the community. He actively gave his time in support of the organization’s mission of service. He served as Grand Knight, District Deputy & Chair of the Capital Conference. As a Fourth Degree Knight, he stood witness to the closure of many parish churches. He retired from active service in 2013.
Tony is survived by his children Margaret A. “Peggy” Kownack, Anne L. (Gerald) Coonrad, Daniel Anthony Von Fricken, Kathleen P. Corlew, Anthony J. Von Fricken, Jr., and Christina L. Von Fricken, and his sister Mary (Richard) Hilton, his grandchildren Christopher (Rachel) Cates, Eric (Theda) Bultman, Racheal (John) Paige, Gerald Anthony Coonrad, Nicolas Coonrad, Zane Coonrad, Joshuah Anthony Corlew, and Elijah D’Anthony Parker, his much adored great-grandchildren Lukas, Lily & Levi Cates, Allie, Dee & EJ Bultman, and Evangeline & Elizabeth Paige.
In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his sister Joanne Mace, his brother John J. Von Fricken, Jr., and his grandson Zachary Corlew. Also his son-in-law William “Bill” Kownack. Tony is also survived by his Aunt Joan Marano, many cousins, several nieces & nephews, and a multitude of friends.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Rensselaer County Community Hospice for helping Dad & us through this journey, the staff at Diamond Ridge for the love and friendship shown Dad throughout his residency there, and most especially to Tammy Wolfe & her staff for the companionship and care leading up to his final days.
Calling hours will be from 4:00 - 7:00 pm on Friday, March 8th at the McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home, corner of 109th Street and Third Avenue, Lansingburgh, followed by a prayer service at 7:00 pm. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday at 9:00 am at the funeral home with burial immediately following at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Troy at 10:00 am. Those wishing to honor Tony’s memory may make a donation to the Frear Park Conservancy, Inc. or the American Heart Association in his name.
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American Heart Association
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Frear Park Conservancy, Inc.
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