Anthony C. (Tone) Locasto, 96, of Margaretville, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2012 at his residence.
He was born in Brooklyn December 19, 1915, the son of Fred and Rose (DiFazio) Locasto.
He graduated from Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood, Queens.
Tone marred Joan Stevenson July 15, 1955 at Greenwich, CT.
A series of battle injuries during World War 2 ended a promising baseball career. He already had signed a minor league contract with the NY Yankees, Tone had shared the field with Phil Rizzuto and in exhibition games against Negro league legend Satchel Page. Tone put his baseball ambitions on hold and enlisted in the Army. His last battle wounds in 1944 ended his military and baseball careers.
His career took a number of twist and turns. He joined a partner and opened a jewelry store in Ridgewood, Queens. Moving to the Catskills, Tone and his wife, Joan purchased the Chateau restaurant and Inn in Stamford, NY. Tone opened up a jewelry business in Pine Hill and chose a second career cooking at Al’s Restaurant in Phoenicia and Kass Inn in Margaretville. He opened a jewelry business in the Margaretville area in the mid-80s and was still operating that business at the age of 95.
Tone was known by his friends and customers as a kind and friendly person.
Surviving are his wife, Joan Locasto; sons, Robert and wife, Arlene, Frederick C., John R., and Anthony Locasto; a daughter, Katherine Locasto; 16 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Rosemary Fricke; two brothers and two sisters.
A prayer service will be held at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 at the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville. Calling hours will be held Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. until service time at 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Committal service will take place at the Margaretville Cemetery in the spring.
Donations in the memory of Anthony C. Locasto may be made to the Catskill Area Hospice.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville.