Anthony La Paro

Anthony La Paro

November 30, 1933 February 16, 2021

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Obituary for Anthony T. La Paro

Anthony T. (Tony) La Paro, 87, of Wyomissing, passed away peacefully on February 16, 2021. He shared 58 wonderful years of marriage with the late Margaret (Peggy) Neess La Paro. Tony was the son of the late Carmelo and Margaret Sammon La Paro.

Tony graduated from Oneonta High School, Oneonta, New York, where he was Senior class president, outstanding male graduate, and recipient of the Memorial Award as the outstanding member of the track team. He is a nominee for the Oneonta High School Hall of Fame. He attended Syracuse University on a State Regents Scholarship and received a B.S. in Engineering. At Syracuse he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and served as a national officer and was generally considered a swell guy. He received a M.S. in Engineering from Newark College of Engineering. Tony was a registered Professional Engineer and a past president of the Reading Society of Professional Engineers. He was a 68-year member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and a past president of the Reading Chapter. He retired from Carpenter Technology Corporation.

Tony served on the Wyomissing School Board for 16 years, including many as president. He also served as president of the Iris Club and was on the Board of Directors of the Wyomissing Public Library. He was an avid duplicate bridge player and attained the ranking of Life Master. He was inducted into the Berks-Montgomery Bridge Hall of Fame.

Tony was a great father and grandfather and radiated enthusiasm, joy and positivity to everyone he met. He enjoyed running and competed in road races including marathons. He was renowned for his cooking and love of food, especially sweets. Favorite hobbies included collecting glass insulators, duck decoys, Beanie Babies, and coins. Tony loved the annual Wyomissing 4th of July parade and celebrations with friends and family. You could often find him with one of his beloved dogs by his side watching Syracuse sports, the Yankees, the Eagles, the Phillies or 76ers. Tony’s passion for music included singing in the choir, attending opera and playing the guitar. He and his wife Peggy traveled extensively visiting family and taking cruises. He recently realized a lifelong dream of traveling to Egypt, resulting in a memorable photo of him on a camel.

He was predeceased by his brother, Henry C. La Paro, and is survived by his brother, John La Paro, of Syracuse, New York, his daughters: Susan La Paro of Williamsburg, VA, Nancy La Paro and her husband Aaron Watters of Highland Park, NJ, Karen La Paro and her husband Richard Rowland of Greensboro, NC, and his grandchildren: Alex Trask, Gwen Trask, Evan Trask, Kendall La Paro, Jaclyn Watters, Eleanor La Paro, Madeleine La Paro and Christopher La Paro.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Wyomissing Public Library, ACBL Educational Foundation or the charity of your choice. Condolences may be expressed at Details about a memorial celebration of life will be forthcoming.

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    West Reading, PA
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June LaparoFlyntz

Anthony LaParo was my Uncle Tom, I will miss him. He was a wonderful man, who through important times in my life was there for me when I needed him. I will always remember him with great love and a sense of generosity that knew no bounds. Rest in peace Uncle Tom. May God Bless you always. Love & Light, Junie
Comment | Posted at 03:45am via Condolence

Nancy LaParo

Thank you, June
Posted at 08:29pm

Robert Shuttlesworth

It was my great pleasure to know Tony for 30 plus years. He is part of a disappearing breed.....a true gentleman. He was without fail always warm, funny, polite and kind. He just radiated positivity. Whether in my office or in front of my house on one of his walks, I will miss talking politics, college basketball, and the news of the day with him. As will everyone who knew him, I will remember him very very fondly. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.
Bob Shuttlesworth
Comment | Posted at 07:37am via Condolence

Nancy LaParo

Thank you - I appreciate your kind words. Nancy (daughter)
Posted at 08:30pm

Barbara Reeser

Dave and I will always remember Tony for his bright smile that radiated joy and happiness. When we would talk to Tony, he would always want to bring us up to date on what all of his daughters were doing. He was a very proud father and grandfather. Recently we
would see Tony at the Library or walking in the Borough. He will be remembered with his great smile. His was a life well lived.
Comment | Posted at 02:27pm via Condolence

Nancy LaParo

Thank you. It was nice to hear these memories. -Nancy (daughter)
Posted at 08:31pm

Tony was a great guy.. a proud father of three daughters.. all of whom graduated with high degrees and honors in major universities.. I am lucky enough to marry the youngest daughter Karen.. who is very famous in her profession of early childhood education as the designer of the class evaluation system for early childhood.. Tony was always bright.. smiling.. generous.. and excited to see his children and grandchildren.. I will remember him doing a crossword puzzle every morning.. reading mystery. Novels.. playing bridge and golf.. and just being an all-around great guy and grandfather.. he met Peggy and they were married for over 50 years.. and made great grandparents.. my daughter Madeleine who will be 21 in June and my son Christopher who is 18 in March both carry the family name of La Paro... By choice to carry on the family legacy.. Tony was one of three brothers all of whom became renowned in their fields.. Tony was in industrial engineering and his other two brothers ...for law and hospital administration.,. They were the classic story of an immigrant family,... Whose father came as a child from Sicily and worked in food service,., His mother came from Ireland.... And they grew up in Oneonta New York after living in the Bronx.... His was the Catholic American immigrant story.... Which has propelled America to greatness.... Tony was an engineer for Carpenter steel.. and I tell everyone that they flew on jets as a result of carpenter making the steel for the jet engines.... I never saw Tony angry or depressed.... He was always cooking.... Taking care of the yard.... And loved watching basketball and football on TV... I understood that he played bridge as many as four times a week.... And had several close friends.. and loved animals and dogs... Except for the squirrels who raided his bird feeder..... The Jewish word for Tony would be.,. A mensch... A great person to be around.... who also provided a great service to his community...
Comment | Posted at 01:19pm via Condolence

Judy Stoudt

To Tony's Daughters,
Tony and I served on the Wyomissing School Board together for 12 of my 14 years. I always admired his facile, open mind in addressing different issues. He was proactive in bringing the best education possible to all of our students. We worked cooperatively as a board under his leadership.
He was so proud of all of you and encouraged your scholarship. Our friendship continued after we were "retired" from the board. I will always remember him as a warm and caring volunteer dedicated to education and service to his community. I will miss his warm smile and his distinctive laugh! Judy Stoudt
Comment | Posted at 09:53am via Condolence

Nancy LaParo

Thank you, Judy. He really did enjoy his time on the Board with you. -Nancy (daughter)
Posted at 08:32pm

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