POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Poughkeepsie resident Anthony "Tony" Nunzio Damico died on Monday, Feb. 29. He was 85.
Damico dedicated his life to his love for the outdoors, and he was an avid hunter and fisherman. He participated in his 73rd opening day last April, and he regularly enjoyed trips to Salmon River and Lake Ontario. Damico was especially known for "his innate ability to find edible wild mushrooms, resulting in finds as large as 110 pounds," information from the funeral home noted, "and the creation of his famous hot peppers and mushrooms dish."
Damico was a laborer with Local 1000 Laborers Union, where he was fondly known as "The Crow." He retired in 1992 and served as president of the Local 1000 Retirees Club. He was very proud of his Italian heritage, serving as a member of the Italian Center and the Machinist Club. Damico was also a hardcore New York Giants fan.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Louise Damico; children and their spouses Elizabeth and George Dupilka, Frank Damico, Michelle McMurray, Toni Anne and Bob Gruden, Lynn Schara, and Tracey Osetek; grandchildren Anthony, Angela and Drew Shaffer, Scotti and Ryan McMurray, Bobby and Bella Gruden, Nicholas and Vincent Schara, and Michael and Trey Osetek; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and wonderful friends.
Damico was predeceased by his parents, Ralph and Concetta Fusaro Damico; sisters Rose, Elizabeth, Theresa and Antoinette; and brothers James and Sal.
Visiting hours will be from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, at the Michael Torsone Memorial Funeral Home, 218 Mill St., in Poughkeepsie. A street level and wheelchair-accessible entrance is located off Vassar Street. A mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 4, at St. Stanislaus Church, in Pleasant Valley. Burial will follow in St. Peter's Cemetery, in Poughkeepsie.
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