In Loving Memory of Anthony L. "Taps" Cantafio

Anthony L.

Anthony L. "Taps" Cantafio

Scranton, PA March 4, 1949 ~ October 10, 2016 Date of Service: October 14, 2016


Anthony L. “Taps” Cantafio, 67, of Scranton, died Monday at Geisinger-Community Medical Center in Scranton following an injury. He and his wife of over 40 years, the former Joanne McCormick, were married on July 24, 1976.

Born in Scranton, son of Mary Gatto Cantafio of Dunmore and the late Louis Cantafio, he was a graduate of Dunmore High School Class of 1966, and went on to Mansfield University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in education.  He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army.  Prior to retirement, he was employed as a math teacher at Scranton Preparatory School for 31 years, and had additionally served as one of its baseball coaches and school sports statistician.  He had even coached his children and followed as a coach for his grandson’s T-ball team. He was a member of St. Paul’s Parish in Scranton, and the American Legion Post 908 on Deacon Street in Scranton.

He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother ,uncle, nephew and friend who was also dedicated to the success of the  students and athletes he mentored.

Also surviving are his sons, Anthony Michael Cantafio and wife Jamie of Olyphant, and Christopher Thomas Cantafio of Scranton; grandsons, Luke and Alex Cantafio who were the light of his life, his sisters, Concetta Toman and husband Bob of Dunmore, and Pauline Randolph and husband Wayne of Bangor, PA; his brother, Vince Cantafio of Dunmore; an aunt, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by a nephew, Robert Louis Toman.

The funeral will be Friday with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Paul’s Church 1510 Penn Ave., Scranton. Interment will be in the Dunmore Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the church on Thursday from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.  All those attending the mass are kindly asked to go directly to the church on Friday morning.

In lieu of flowers , preferred memorial contributions in the name of Anthony L. “Taps” Cantafio may be made to Scranton Preparatory School, 1000 Wyoming Ave., Scranton, PA 18509.

Arrangements and care provided by the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., Dunmore.

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Edward Sevensky
Posts: 15
Condolences to the family of a fallen classmate
Reply #14 on : Mon October 17, 2016, 16:19:20
As a fellow member of the DHS class of 1966, I was saddened to hear of Anthony's passing. I know he will be sorely missed as the Class prepares to observe its 50th reunion. No surprise to learn that "Taps" had a long and distinguished career as a math teacher at Prep; he showed a particular knack for the subject in our shared classes. I will play a piece on the Japanese flute in his memory.
Richard McHugh
Posts: 15
Condolence to Tony Cantafio
Reply #13 on : Fri October 14, 2016, 20:01:27
I pray for Tony and his family. I admire the life of Tony. Hopefully many will read about him and follow the life he led .He really was the richest man in Lackawanna County.
Mary Claire O'Boyle
Posts: 15
Anthony Cantafio
Reply #12 on : Fri October 14, 2016, 11:37:17
My condolences to you and your boys on the sudden passing of Tony. He was one of the best. He always had a smile on his face, and never a bad word to anyone. I'm so glad I got to know him and you because you were two of a you and praying for you.
Sarah Kelly
Posts: 15
Thoughts & Prayers
Reply #11 on : Thu October 13, 2016, 20:44:15
I wish I could make it home to pay my respects to a great man. Sending all my thoughts and prayers and love from Philadelphia. May angels lead him home.
A former student
Posts: 15
In Loving Memory of a Great Teacher, "Taps"
Reply #10 on : Thu October 13, 2016, 09:19:21
Our deepest sympathies for your loss. We are strangers to your family, but I thought I should share what we said yesterday while discussing Mr. Cantafio with our son. He had a very special, funny, warm and loving relationship with "Taps" - one of his best in his life.
"Special and great teachers are blessed to stay alive forever because they have affected children in so many small ways every day and those memories get shared. Reminders when we use the math, when we share a story that we remember when asked about a favorite teacher or a favorite time in the classroom. In our boy's case- he has a funny picture that he keeps from freshman year in 2013. Like ripples in an ocean that go on and on- his greatness with the kids at school keeps his memory around us forever "
Live on Taps.
God's Blessings and love to your family ,
Colleen Loughney
Posts: 15
Re: In Loving Memory of Anthony L. "Taps" Cantafio
Reply #9 on : Wed October 12, 2016, 22:30:49
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I'm so sorry for your loss. When I was Luke's Pre-K teacher, he always beamed when his grandpa came to pick him up - even if he didn't finish his cheese sandwich in time. They were brief moments, but any time I saw him, I was greeted with a warm smile and a kind exchange.
Jeanne Marie Waznak
Posts: 15
Joanne, Pauline and Concetta and families
Reply #8 on : Wed October 12, 2016, 16:12:26
There are no words to take away your sorrow at this time. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Keep the memories close to your heart, and he will always be at your side.
Michael LoBello
Posts: 15
Life and Legacy
Reply #7 on : Wed October 12, 2016, 13:19:21
From our family to yours, we wish you comfort and peace for this great loss. You will be in our prayers. Taps left a legacy unlike any other. God bless.
Kathy Pregmon
Posts: 15
Re: In Loving Memory of Anthony L. "Taps" Cantafio
Reply #6 on : Wed October 12, 2016, 13:14:28
Tony and family:
So sorry for your loss. We pray for God's continual comfort and love to all of you.

Kathy Pregmon and family
Ed and Judy Zehler
Posts: 15
Our friend Tony
Reply #5 on : Wed October 12, 2016, 07:05:37
Joanne and family, our heartfeld condolences go out to you and your family at this difficult time. We'll always remember the good times and laughs in Scranton with you guys and the Morans on Dickson Ave. It was great fun and he will be sorely missed. What a nice and funny gentleman.
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