Anthony Patrick Perrone, of Pittston, better known as Sonny, passed peacefully from this world on Friday, February 4, 2022. Anthony was the son of Crucian and Anna Ross Perrone. True to his name, Sonny was a bright spot in the lives of all who met him. His love of people and his love of life coupled with his quick wit and quest for adventure made Sonny a truly unique individual.
Sonny was preceded in death by his parents and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. His absence will be most difficult for his two surviving sisters who shared almost every day with him since retirement. In addition to his sisters, AnnMarie Adonizio and husband John W. Adonizio and Regina Perrone Mattei and husband Ron LaPorte, he had many friends. Some of his longest and best friends include Bob Myefski, Michael Scally, Santina Argento, and Buddha, his faithful companion. Sonny also leaves behind a legacy of love and laughter for his nieces and nephews: John Adonizio, wife Amy and children Hanna and Jake; Erica Mattei and son Joshua; Melissa (Adonizio) Cencetti, husband Joe and children
Nina, Joseph and Anthony; Maria (Adonizio) DeLucca, husband Joe and children Joseph, John, and Drew. He loved each of them dearly and treated them as his own.
After graduating from King’s College, Sonny dedicated his entire professional career to Greater Nanticoke Area School District and its students. In his 50-year tenure as an educator beginning as a Spanish teacher, Sonny moved through the ranks as school psychologist, home and school visitor, guidance counselor and ultimately superintendent. With retirement looming and GNA experiencing financial distress, Sonny graciously donated his time and services in the Superintendent position for almost 10 years with no pay. Before leaving, he ensured the district was financially sound for the students’ sake.
Sonny had many passions, but none more than music and dance. He won jitterbug contests in Mexico and Atlantic City with his sister, Regina. Sonny will be dearly missed by all who knew him. To Sonny, there were no strangers in life, only friends he hadn’t met yet. Throughout his life, Sonny welcomed everyone he met to join him for a meal or share a laugh. In his later days, he loved sitting on his porch waiting for company, eating breakfast at the Avenue Diner, and most of all going for long rides to Frances Slocum or Frances Walter dam with his sisters, nieces, and caregivers.
The family would like to thank Allied Services Meade Street Hospice unit, the in-home hospice nurses and all of his caregivers for their compassion and care during such a difficult time. Donations could be made in his memory to the charity of choice.
The family will receive friends and relatives Monday, February 7, 2022, from 4pm-7pm in Adonizio Funeral Home, LLC, 251 William Street, Pittston. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, February 8, 2022, at 9:30am in St. Joseph Marello Parish, 237 William Street, Pittston. Interment, St. Rocco’s Cemetery, Pittston.