Anthony J. “Tony” Magistro
Jan. 14, 1949 – May 24, 2020
Tony passed away in the early morning hours on Sunday, May 24, after a brave nine-month battle with esophageal cancer. His family was by his side.
Tony was born in Sant’angelo di Brolo, Messina, Sicily on January 14, 1949. In 1958, he and his family immigrated to America and settled on the East Coast. He graduated from Wyoming Valley West High School in Plymouth, Pennsylvania, in 1969, and Westside Tech in Plymouth, Pennsylvania, where he served as Class President.
Tony proudly served in the United States Navy from 1970 to 1976, where he served on the USS Forrestal as a Class A Electrician’s Mate. A Sicilian immigrant, he was deeply proud of becoming an American citizen and to serve his country. After his time in the service, Tony and his first wife, Linda (Walent) Magistro, welcomed three beautiful and beloved children into the world: Tony, Jr., Yvette, and Stephen.
He was a voracious reader, an eternal entrepreneur, and a jack-of-many-trades! His rich and varied life experiences conditioned him for excellence in all he sought to do. Wise and insightful, Tony approached life’s challenges with patience and ingenuity. Tony always knew the answer.
When he wasn’t busy finding a solution to any problem, Tony enjoyed playing golf, reading science-fiction novels, sharing jokes, discussing politics, and performing quiet gestures of goodwill for others. He was a friend to all; Tony could–and would!–strike up a conversation with anyone, anywhere, anytime. He was creative and imaginative, warm and genuine. He lived his life with a servant’s heart.
Yes, he was a jack-of-many-trades, but he was also a true master of one, as evidenced by his six decades as a successful restaurateur: cooking! Tony’s life’s work was his restaurant. In 1958, Tony, alongside his father and brothers, founded Don Carmelo’s Pizzeria. They established pizzerias in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, and California, before bringing New York Style-pizza to Nebraska in 1980. Here, Tony met Amy; they spent the next thirty-six years running their restaurants and raising their beloved children, Adrianna and Robert. While many married couples could never imagine working together, Tony and Amy couldn’t imagine working apart. The two spent three decades happily building their business together, never far apart from one another for long. The work was exhausting, but life was good.
In his final years, Tony chose to continue working steadfastly alongside his wife and kids; each day had its challenges, yes, but blessings abounded. His passion was not only for cooking, but in cooking for his beloved customers, family, and friends. Cooking for others was Tony’s love language. To know Tony was to love him; to enjoy a meal prepared by him was to be loved in return.
Tony was so dearly loved and respected by his family, who will continue to love and honor him for the rest of our days.
Preceded in death by father, Carmelo Magistro; sister, Pina Hales; brother, Peter Magistro; father-in-law, Robert Beaton; and brother-in-law, Dwight Beaton. Survived by his wife of 32 years, Amy; sons, Tony (Natalie) Magistro, Jr., Stephen Magistro, and Robert Magistro; daughters, Yvette Magistro and Adrianna Magistro; mother, Vincenzina Magistro; mother-in-law, Roxie Beaton; brothers, Frank (Pat) Magistro, Carmen Magistro, and Johnny Magistro; sisters-in-law, Sandy (Jerry) Jablonski; and Susan Beaton; brothers-in-law, Randy (Jackie) Beaton, Brian (Lisa) Beaton, and Jim Hales; grandchildren: Sophia, Antonio, Domenico, and Rocco; and many nieces, nephews, family, friends, and patrons who will miss his effortless wit and generosity, and his delicious cooking.
VISITATION (following CDC guidelines): Monday, June 1, 4-6 p.m. at the West Center Chapel, with 6 p.m. VIGIL SERVICE. MASS of CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, June 2, 10 a.m., at Christ the King Church with Military Rites. INTERMENT: Omaha National Cemetery.
Memorials will be directed by the family. To view a live broadcast of the Vigil and Funeral Mass, go to our website and click the “view livecast” button on our homepage or use service links below.
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