648 Main Street
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
Phone: 508-845-6226
Fax: 508-842-0061
Anthony Amorello

Anthony F. Amorello

Thursday, March 31st, 1932 - Saturday, January 4th, 2020
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Anthony F. Amorello, 87, died Saturday January 4, 2020 at his home in Shrewsbury.

He was born in Worcester, at his parents’ home, in 1932. His mother, Josephine, died soon after due to complications from childbirth. It was a burden that Anthony carried quietly, but also one that he was able to transcend convincingly. Raised by extended family, Anthony often recalled seeing his older siblings and wishing he could spend more time with them. Eventually, he did—and the large family of 10 remaining siblings grew exceptionally close and loving.

Anthony joined his three older brothers, Bill, John, and Ed, in running the construction company founded in 1914 by his father, Antonio Amorello, an Italian immigrant and American patriot. The company continues to flourish more than a century later. Anthony, a kind and unassuming man, prided himself on being hardworking, fair, and honest. He enjoyed the respect and the affection of his employees, peers and competitors. Anthony remained actively involved in the estimating department, successfully bidding on city and state projects; many of these projects are ongoing today.

A 1950 graduate of Commerce High School, Anthony enlisted in the United States Air Force and served from 1951 to 1955. He served in Alabama, Arizona, Japan and saw combat during the Korean War. He forged strong friendships with the men—boys, really—who served alongside him, and they remained in contact throughout their lives and across the miles, exchanging cards, letters and phone calls and getting together for reunions.

So, too, did he remain close with his high school pals throughout his life: Phil Cicero, Chuck Chianese, Anthony Caramello, Eddie DiTullio, Frank Feraco and Anthony’s cousin Jerry Urso. He often regaled his children with tales of their raucous good times.

Anthony valued family above all else. His greatest joy was sharing food and conversation with his aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, their children and his own children and grandchildren, whether it was Friday afternoon lunches with his brothers, group dates with his siblings, dinners in Florida, 4th of July pig roasts, huge family reunions or small Sunday gatherings at his home. Anthony was the kind of “PopPop” that every child should be lucky enough to have. He adored his nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, and they, in turn, adored him.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Patricia J. (Donovan) Amorello; his four sons, James P. Amorello and his wife Vanessa Parks of Shrewsbury, Joseph A. Amorello and his wife Nancy of Shrewsbury, Daniel T. Amorello of Whitinsville, and Robert E. Amorello of Jefferson; nine grandchildren: Nicholas Amorello of Worcester, Kathryn Amorello Beckwith of Worcester, Alison Amorello Seibold and her husband Marine Lt. William Seibold of San Marcos, CA, Anthony Z. Amorello of Los Angeles, Tess Parks of Portland, ME, James and Ethan Amorello of Jefferson, and Isabella and Abigail Amorello of Shrewsbury; three great-grandchildren, Patrick and J. Monroe Beckwith, and Joseph “JD” Seibold; his brothers-in-law, Charles Vilandre of Westborough, and Robert Donovan and Betty Crummett of North Attleboro; and many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Antonio and Josephine (Pane) Amorello, and 10 siblings, Lena Zamarro, Georgianna Ricciardi, William Amorello, Ann Zamarro, Irene Charles, John Amorello, Edward Amorello, Dorothy Vilandre, Frank Amorello & Mary Amorello.

The Amorello family wishes to thank all of Anthony’s caregivers, especially daughters-in-law, Vanessa and Nancy.

Visiting hours will be held between 4:00 and 8:00 PM on Wednesday January 8, 2020 at the BRITTON-SHREWSBURY FUNERAL HOME, 648 Main St., Shrewsbury. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Thursday January 9, 2020 at St. Mary’s Church, 640 Main St., Shrewsbury, followed by burial in Mountain View Cemetery, Shrewsbury. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to Friendly House Inc., 36 Wall St., Worcester, MA 01604, Attention: Business Office, or to Veterans Inc., 69 Grove St., Worcester, MA 01605.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Britton-Shrewsbury Funeral Home
    648 Main Street
    SHREWSBURY, MA 01545
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  • Service

    Thursday, January 9th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Thursday, January 9th, 2020 10:00am
    Saint Mary's Church
    640 Main Street
    SHREWSBURY, MA 01545
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    Msgr. Michael F. Rose
  • Interment

    Mountain View Cemetery
    Boylston Street
    SHREWSBURY, MA 01545
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Private Condolence

Joe Catino, Jr

Posted at 06:01pm
To the Amorello family, very sorry to hear of Anthony's passing. Anthony was a great guy and always had a smile for you. I worked for him on and off for many years. May he Rest In Peace. Joseph A Catino, Jr (Sparky), Rio Vista, California

Bill Laverty

Posted at 04:02pm
I am so sorry for your loss
Anthony was a great businessman, mentor and a true gentleman 🙏🇺🇸

William Keegan

Posted at 10:07am

To Pat, Jimmy, Joe, Danny and Robert and all of your extended family, we want to wish you our sincere condolences from your neighbors, the Keegans. Anthony was everything described in his obituary and then some. We know he will be deeply missed by all of you and by all of us. He will always be remembered by us as a kind, generous and gentle man who enjoyed spending time with his family and all the simple things in life. He was a humble but highly accomplished man who is considered a giant in the construction industry in Massachusetts. We share in your sorry and offer our sympathy as one set of family friends to another.
God rest his soul,
Bill, Felicia, and Carol Keegan and Susan (Keegan) Boyd

Richie Porcaro

Posted at 09:54am
Danny, James, Joseph, Robert, Mrs. Amorello and family please accept our deepest sympathy and know that Anthony was one of the kindest and pleasant people I've ever met.
Richie and Patty Porcaro

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Posted at 08:59am
Mr. Amorello was truly one of a kind. He was so very loved and respected. May he rest in peace. All my love to the whole Amorello family!
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