Anthony “Tony “Big T”” Gaudiosi

November 18, 1961 - July 10, 2022
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Anthony Gaudiosi, 60, passed away on July 10th, after a hard-fought battle against pancreatic and liver cancer. After beating kidney cancer in 2016, Tony said he wasn’t going anywhere and in November started on 6 months of aggressive treatments. 3 weeks on with 1 week off. Unfortunately, God had other plans. Tony (Big T) wasContinue Reading

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Kate gaudiosi left a message on September 18, 2022:
Sine the funeral home forgot to livestream the service, this is my brothers eulogy to for Tony. The past few days, I have been thinking about what to say about Tony, and I would like to reference the end of the movie Casablanca, where Rick Blaine and Inspector Louis Renault are walking across the tarmac. Rick says, "Louis, this could be a start to a beautiful friendship". You're probably saying to yourself what does the movie Casablanca have to do with Tony Gaudiosi. Hopefully I can bring everything into place for you. And, if a tear happens to come on to your cheeks, make sure that it is a tear of joy, remembrance and laughter. Now, I want to tell you a few personal things about the bond that Tony has with me and my family. I first met Tony in the fall of 1992. He and Kathryn were engaged to be married. At the time, I asked him if he knew what he was doing, that, besides getting Kathryn, he would also be getting her brothers and the idiosyncrasies that would present themselves. He said that he loved Kate and yes, he knew what he was getting into. That was enough for me. He became part of the family. So, to bring the movie reference back, "Tony, I think this was the start to a beautiful friendship". And yet, it doesn't end there! Karen, Kevin and Jessica, all experienced the Gaudiosi charm. When Jessica was in girl Scouts, and it was the annual cookie drive, Jessica called Uncle T on the phone, asking him if he would buy some girl scout cookies. He asked, how many, bought several boxes of cookies so that she would win the award for selling. He was a sucker for Jessica! In 2002, he drove with Kevin and me to move Kevin into college. While there, he made his silent presence known, by becoming friends with facilities staff, staring down an assistant housing director, allowing Kevin to move into his dormitory room, and introduced our friends in North Carolina to the Gaudiosi charm. Afterwards, Tony and I shared a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts for the first time, followed by a drive to JR's for cigars. That night, we also had our first Cookout burger and fries in the hotel. That same weekend, we went to get a pizza and the waitress said that he looked like a male dancer named Flavio, from a women's exotic club in High Point. I think that the waitress got her eyes checked the following Monday. We followed this trip with visiting several antique shops in NC, VA and Maryland, stopping at the Three green frogs for glassware. When Karen and I moved to NC, he and Kathryn came down for vacation. Vacation for Tony ended up him replacing several deck boards on our deck, followed by smoking a cigar on the finished product. Again, the Gaudiosi charm. He was able to build or fix anything, grow flowers or vegetables and tend to his lawn. He also had a unique eye for putting together things in a house. Karen would call Tony asking his opinion of floor and bathroom design, and also about color swatches. And yes, we would constantly exchange recipes. This past week, Tony made his presence felt once more for Karen and me. We got back to our house on Monday, following our trip to France, which was planned in 2020. As we walked into the front door, we were greeted with a smoke alarm beeping. I changed the battery, but beeping continued. In another time, I would have called Tony for other suggestions. Instead, I called an electrician who replaced 4 smoke detectors in our house. Moving forward, whenever I take on a home project, I will first think to myself, what would Tony suggest? Then, call someone for help, because I can't even bang a nail straight, but can make a good rabbit ragu. Tony wasn't tiny. He was a big man. But, he had to be big because of the size of his heart. Through the years, Tony would do things for you, not for any credit or recognition, but because he wanted to help. Tony did not show his emotions. He always played things close to the vest. The Gaudiosi charm. On behalf of Kathryn, Charles and Nick, thank you for being here today and celebrating Tony.
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