Anthony R. Bisceglia, 1915 - 2007, WWII Veteran, Owned Wonder Bar.
He leaves two sons, James A. and his wife, Nancy Kane of Worcester, and Robert H. and his wife, Judith Bisceglia of Boxford; four grandsons, Benjamin, Aaron, Brian and Daniel; two sisters, Yolanda Dagnello of Shrewsbury and Gloria Doerr of Grafton; three brothers, Pasquale, of Shrewsbury, Albert, of Hyannis and Sam Bonanno of Worcester. He also leaves a special niece, Joanne Corcoran, of Shrewsbury and many other well loved nieces and nephews. His brothers, Matthew, Michael, James and Louis, and his sisters Marion, Antonietta, Dorothy and Minnie predeceased him.
Tony was the son of Pasquale and Theresa (Pacillo) Bisceglia who immigrated to Worcester in 1906 from Vieste, Foggia, Italy. He was born in Worcester on February 16, 1915 and attended North High School until his mother died in 1928. At this point, he began working to help support his family and continued doing so for the next sixty three years until his retirement at age seventy six in 1992.
He was one of the founding members, along with his lifelong friend, Pat Ricciardi, of the Adams Hillsides, an Italian American social and athletic club that was active in the thirties. During his free time, he loved candlepin bowling and golfing at Green Hill. He enlisted in the Army Air-Corps in 1942, one month after Pearl Harbor, and spent the final two years of the war in India and Burma. When he received his orders for India, Joan took a train from Worcester to Oklahoma City, where he was stationed, and they were married. He was extremely proud to have been one of seven Bisceglia brothers to serve in the military. Two of his fondest service memories were circumnavigating the globe on troop ships, passing through the Panama and Suez Canals, and feeding a group of emaciated British soldiers who had been liberated from a Japanese POW camp in Burma.
Tony worked for Calders and Carols Bakeries in Worcester until the early fifties when his father asked him to manage the Wonder Bar Restaurant. After his fathers death, Tony and two of his sisters, Yolanda and Dorothy successfully owned the restaurant together for thirty years. The Wonder Bar, Worcesters oldest restaurant, is still in the family.
He was a longtime member of the Greendale Retired Mens Club and Eastside American Legion Post 201. He was the Posts oldest member, and was also a long time member of Our Lady Of Mt Carmel-St Ann Church.
Tony, along with his wife, was devoted to his children and grandchildren and was extraordinarily generous to them. He was an accomplished cake decorator and cook, and, over the years decorated hundreds of cakes for his family and prepared countless meals. No one made a better lentil soup. During their time together, Tony and Joan traveled to many places, including their yearly trip to Truro, the Grand Tour of Europe with Charlie and Antonietta Morgo, and to Ireland, with his son, James. He enjoyed, immensely, playing cards on Monday nights at Ants with his family and friends and occasionally going to the races. He was a diehard fan of the Yankees, Patriots and U.S. made automobiles. Fiercely independent and hard working, he tended his tomato plants, drove his own car, shopped and prepared his own meals up to the day he died. He was truly one of Americas "Greatest Generation." The family wishes to express their profound gratitude to his physicians, Bruce Karlin and Theo Meyer, and most especially, to Nurse Practitioner Maggie Cabral for their expert care and compassion.
Tonys funeral will be held Saturday, August 11, from the MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME AND CHAPEL, 370 Plantation St. With a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30AM in Our Lady Of Mt Carmel-St Ann Church, 24 Mulberry St. Calling hours in the funeral home will be held from 5-8PM on Friday. Burial will be in St. Johns Cemetery. Members of the East Side Post # 201 will meet at the funeral home to conduct their ritual at 7PM. Memorial donations may be made to the Bridge of Central Mass, 4 Mann Street, Worcester 01602 or to Abbys House, 52 High Street, Worcester 01609.
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|Publication:||Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)|
|Date:||Aug 9, 2007|
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