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Anthony Fiorito, 82, Ex-Ossining Business Owner

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – Anthony L. Fiorito of Hobe Sound, Fla., and formerly of Croton-on-Hudson, died Oct. 3 of lung cancer, though he never smoked, and a stroke. He was 82.

He was born April 26, 1930, in Croton-on-Hudson to Martin "Patsy" and Mary Zerrello Fiorito. At age 16, Fiorito purchased his first truck and started a business, Anthony L. Fiorito Inc. He'd take a sick day from school whenever someone didn't show up to drive the truck.

Fiorito graduated from Croton Harmon High School in 1948. He joined the Croton Volunteer Fire Department during World War II and remained a longtime member. He married Joan Dean on Sept. 16, 1950. Together, they ran Anthony L. Fiorito Inc. in Ossining for 49 years before Fiorito retired in 1995. Their son, Bruce, still runs the company.

Fiorito volunteered with the Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps when it started and was a member of its board of directors. The Ossining VAC training room was named in his honor. Fiorito was also on the St. Augustine Church Cemetery and Dale Cemetery boards, as well as the advisory board of Bethel Home when it expanded to Croton.

He served on the Westchester County Savings and Loan Association board and was instrumental in the merger with Peoples Westchester Savings Bank. After helping open many new branches, Fiorito retired after 28 years. The Board of County Legislators proclaimed Dec. 10, 1994, Anthony L. Fiorito Day in Westchester County in honor of his contributions to his community.

A member of the Ossining Community Christmas Crib Committee for many years, Fiorito stored and helped erect the Christmas crib figures and stable each year. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus 311 and a social member of Independent Hose Company 6 in Ossining.

Fiorito is survived by his wife; two daughters, Jean Fiorito, of Windsor Locks, Conn., and Michelle (Ralph) Silano, of Delhi, N.Y.; two sons, Martin (Janine), of Greer, S.C., and Bruce (Lorraine) of Cortlandt Manor; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by a brother, Joseph (Nancy) of Arizona; a sister, Frances Schettino, of Florida; and many nieces and nephews. Fiorito was predeceased by a sister, Christine Tonich; and a grandson, Bruce A. Fiorito Jr.

Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, at Edward F. Carter Funeral Home in Croton-on-Hudson. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Wednesday, at St. Augustine's Church in Ossining. Burial will follow at St. Augustine's Cemetery in Ossining.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Ossining High School for the Bruce A. Fiorito Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Anthony L. Fiorito Inc., 100 Croton River Road, Ossining, NY 10562, St. Augustine School, Route 9, Ossining, NY 10562, Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 8 Clinton Ave., Ossining, NY 10562, or Hospice of Stuart, 1201 SE Indian St., Stuart, FL 34997.

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