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Anthony “Tony” D’Ottavio died peacefully at home in Troy on July 10 th, 2022. He was surrounded by
his children and caregivers. Tony lived for 102 years, a life marked by love and joy. He was a
connoisseur of fine dining and spent a lifetime dedicated to eating right and keeping fit.
Born in 1920 n Guilianova, Abruzzo, Italy, nine-month-old Tony emigrated from Italy with his
mother, Giacinta, while his father, Giovanni, who emigrated earlier in the year, awaited their
arrival in Red Bank, New Jersey. He was a thirteen-year-old school dropout during the height of
the Great depression when he went to work as a busboy in South Philly where he grew up. He
advanced to waiter, to captain, to maître d, to manager, and then to owner in restaurants
throughout Philadelphia and central Pennsylvania. He moved with his family to York in the
early 1960s where he brought fine dining and introduced the “Caesar Salad” to the
Pennsylvania Dutch residents. There he was known affectionately as “Mr. Anthony” because
his vowel-laden, unfamiliar surname was too unwieldy to pronounce.
As a young man in 1940 he attempted to enlist with his buddies from South Philly to fight in
World War II, but was rejected three times because of a heart murmur from a bout of
rheumatic fever as a child.
Tony was an avid golfer (3 holes-in-one) sporting a single-digit handicap, an aficionado of
horseracing and a whip sharp poker player. He loved to go to the track with his friends and, in
fact, had a horse named after him, “Tony D.” The truth is not really known whether the horse
won any races, but family lore has it that “Tony D” frequented the winner’s circle. Retired to
Ocean City in the early 2000s, Tony D’Ottavio was a regular at the nearby Atlantic City casinos
where he was often seen making, as he called it, his “daily deposit.”
Tony wholeheartedly embraced life, enjoying every minute with his many friends and family.
Along with his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews,
he gathered at annual family reunions to celebrate life, often at his home in Ocean City.
He was a life-long Phillies and Eagles fan. Although he was often disappointed by his
hometown teams, he never gave up hope that he would live long enough to witness another
Anthony D’Ottavio is survived by his children—Noreen McKee of Troy, Christine Dugdell of
Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Anthony of Margate, New Jersey. He has six grandchildren and
eleven great-grandchildren. He is pre-deceased by his son, John, and son-in-law, Steve McKee.
A viewing will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 19 th, 2022, at St. Anthony of Padua Church
in Troy immediately followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the
family requests that donations be made to Unity House of Troy. Please visit www.mcloughlinmason.com.