Remembering Anthony J. “Tony” Lambiase

06 Jul 2020, Posted by Joe Vita in News
Tina and Tony Lambiase on their front stoop

From Riotto Funeral Home obituary for Tony:

“Anthony J. Lambiase, 82 of Jersey City, entered into eternal life on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at Hackensack University Medical Center. Born November 7, 1937 at the Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital to the late Gabriel & Maria (nee: Russo) Lambiase, one of fifteen children, he was a lifelong resident of downtown Jersey City and proud graduate of Ferris High School.”

Read the full obituary on the Riotto Funeral Home website

VNA co-founder Rob Crow on Tony Lambiase:

“I first met Tony right where this photo (above) was taken, back when my wife and I moved to the Village in 1999. He welcomed us to the neighborhood, as he did everyone, with open arms, and more than a few stories.

One of the stories he told me was how he and his wife, Tina, spent time as children in the storefront candy shop in my building across the street. He talked about how he sat at bar stools drinking malts with the woman who he would eventually marry and spend the next seven decades with on Second Street.

Tony was a towering figure in the Village neighborhood — he was the ‘man’. He invited me to his Village Block Association meetings, and it was a marvel to see him in action. Tony was tireless, and guided the Village for many years. It is with 100% certainty that there would be no Village Neighborhood Association without Tony. Not only for his inspiration on civic involvement, but more importantly, how to be a trusted neighbor and friend. Look out for your neighbors, and the neighborhood will follow. Tony led the way for all of us.”

The VNA’s other co-founder, Jim Ayers, remembers the leadership of Tony and the Village Block Association meetings at PS 5: “Tony would always arrive with Dunkin’ Donuts, coffee, and his briefcase, and the old guard would be there: Michele, Mary, Rosalie, John, Rob and myself – and somehow meetings would always dissolve into an Italian family dinner with everyone talking over everyone else.”

The VNA will be making a donation to Holy Rosary Church to honor Tony’s legacy.