Anthony E. Pupa, 76, Pittston, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Wednesday Jan 20, 2021 at Post-Acute Medical, Wilkes- Barre, PA. He was born in Inwood, Long Island, NY, and his family moved to Pittston, PA in 1946. He was the son of late Arthur Pupa, Sr., and late Eunice Johnston Pupa.
Anthony was raised by his grandparents, Anthony A. and Lucy Gillis Pupa and uncles Walter E. Pupa and Edward J. Pupa.
Tony was preceded in death by his best friend, his son AJ Pupa, godmother aunt Babette Reichold Pupa, stepmother Linda DeMark Pupa, sister-in-law Debbie Anzalone, and brother-in-law Pat Chairge.
He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years , his high school sweetheart, Jean Marie Iacona Pupa; his adored daughter Lisa Marie Pupa, Pittston; grandson Keenan Lewis and his mother Kerry Gregory, Wyoming; brother Art Pupa, Jr. and wife Cindy, Jenkins Twp.; aunt Gloria Pupa; sister-in-law Diane Charge; brothers-in-law Chuck Iacona and Angelo Anzalone, all of Pittston; niece, Marie Kaspriski and her husband Greg and their children Addi and
Luca; and several other nieces, nephews, cousins and his extended family…his friends.
Tony was a graduate of Pittston High School class of 1963. He was a former member of St. Rocco’s Church and a current member of St. Joseph Marello Parish, Pittston. He started his career in sales early on with JC Penney, Pittston and Pantry Quick, Wilkes-Barre, then later with Northeast Drywall for a few years but he worked for over 35 years with Interstate Exterior Building Products, Pittston.
Tony was 2nd degree knight with the Knights of Columbus, St Joseph Marello, Council 16071, a former member of the Italian Educational Circle, Cork Lane, Pittston Twp., and a leader with St Rocco’s Boy Scout Troop 303.
Tony shined as a sales representative with his customers becoming his friends. He always stopped by job sites with either coffees in the winter or bottles of water in the summer … how he enjoyed those connections. He also never forgot a face or a name and he was so good at math in his head. No one ever needed a calculator when Tony was around.
He so enjoyed the yearly family vacations to Atlantic City, NJ, Ocean City, MD, and the cruises he shared with his wife and extended family. Those Interstate cruises were always a family and friends yearly reunion.
Tony was as a fan of Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Steelers, and North Carolina Tar Heels. He loved his concerts, especially Fleetwood Mac and to play cards at the casino or around the table with family and friends. His greatest accomplishment was his treasured family. He gave abundant love to all. Family is precious, hold them close.
Tony always made a point to talk and catch up with his cousins, his friends, and neighbors whether from his front porch, on the phone, at the coffee shop or on his way in or out of a restaurant. He so had that gift of gab, “Yes, Dear”.
He was a true gentleman and the quintessential family man. He will be extremely missed by those who loved him. His true wealth was his generous heart and what endless wealth he did have.
Thank you to the medical teams at Geisinger Wyoming Valley, Plains Twp. and Post-Acute Medical, Wilkes barre for the excellent care and continuous communication given during that time.
Memorial donations may be made to the Oblates of St. Joseph, Highway 315, Pittston Township, Or St Joseph Marello Parish, Pittston.
Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Joseph Marello Parish, Pittston, and interment in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. Arrangements are entrusted to Adonizio Funeral Home, LLC, 251 William Street, Pittston.