Anthony D. Mastroianni Jr., of Middlebury, passed away peacefully on Thursday evening, February 17, 2022 (his 62nd birthday), at Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH), in Middletown, CT, in the presence of loving and caring hospital staff, whom Anthony considered “family.”
Anthony was born February 17, 1960, the son of the late Anthony D. and Carmela Anna (Pannone) Mastroianni Sr.
Anthony graduated with High Honors from Sacred Heart High School Class of 1978. Anthony was a very proud Boy Scout and Eagle Scout, who enjoyed spending time with his childhood friends, going fishing, bowling, and playing chess. Anthony also loved to scavenge for old glass bottles in the woods near his childhood neighborhood. As an avid bottle collector, Anthony came up with some pretty amazing and classic “finds.”
From a very young age, Anthony was a championship accordion player, who won and placed in numerous CT State Accordion Playing Championships. Anthony’s passion for playing the accordion was second to none. He would go on to serenade his family for decades with his (and our) favorites, like “Beer Barrel Polka,” “Spanish Eyes,” “Somewhere My Love,” amongst other great accordion classics. Anthony’s’ longtime accordion teacher was quoted as saying that Anthony was “going places,” and was ‘’headed for Carnegie Hall,” with regards to his genuine accordion playing talents and gifts. It would turn out God had grander, much more important, and farther reaching plans for Anthony and his life.
In his late teens, Anthony was diagnosed with a serious mental illness that changed the course of his life in the humblest and most unique of ways. Through his deep spirituality and sincere love of God and Jesus, Anthony was able to live his adult life with profound holiness, courage, and complete acceptance. He lived his life in such a way that would make himself and his family proud, and that would teach them all the true meaning of life itself. As a result, Anthony enjoyed his life - even the simplest and most mundane events - with a grateful heart, and to the greatest, most meaningful extent possible. His unconditional love of others was visibly evident through his words and deeds.
Anthony thoroughly enjoyed Summers and family gatherings at the family’s retreat home, “Trahou,” in Hollis, Maine. He loved the pine trees that surrounded the trailer-house. He enjoyed being with all his family overlooking Deer Pond. Laying on the beach in Old Orchard, under the pier with soda and snack in hand, watching beautiful scenery and enjoying nature before him, was one of Anthony’s most favorite and peaceful places to be.
Anthony absolutely loved to visit The Lourdes Shrine in Litchfield, CT (a place that his grandfather humbly helped to erect). Anthony so tirelessly enjoyed many different events at the shrine, some of which included outdoor Mass during the warmer months, walking the Outdoor Stations of the Cross, Christmas Eve Mass in the Chapel, the gift shop and snack shop, and just being there on their beautiful grounds for visits in general. Anthony always felt so peaceful and "at home," when he was at the Shrine, where his spirituality soared.
Anthony will be truly missed by all those so richly blessed to have a special share in his life.
Anthony is survived by his four siblings: his sister, LouAnn Larwin, of Waterbury, CT, his brother, Joseph Mastroianni, of Chicopee, MA, his brother, Domenic Mastroianni, of Hockley, TX, and his brother, Bart Mastroianni, of Lewiston, ME. Anthony is also survived by his two nieces, Jacqueline Rose Marie Mastroianni, and Joelle Mastroianni (fiancé, Adam Kichard), and his two nephews, Gregory Mastroianni, and Joshua Larwin (fiancé, Brittany Guard).
The family would like to sincerely thank and acknowledge the compassionate care and support given to Anthony throughout his life by the loving staff of: Fairfield Hills Hospital, Waterbury Hospital, Sharon Hospital, Hebrew Health Care, Johnson and Memorial Hospital, Rose Garden Convalescent Care, Paradigm Convalescent Care, and Self-Incorporated.
A special thanks goes to the entire caring staff of Connecticut Valley Hospital, and Middlesex Hospital, where Anthony spent the final 2 years of his life. Staff at both places greatly helped Anthony to be as happy and comfortable as possible. They were Anthony’s true extended family, who cared for him with genuine love and compassion, his dignity always maintained.
A special thanks also goes to loving staff at Garden Brook Group Home, in Watertown, CT. This is where Anthony spent the vast majority of his adult life. While at Garden Brook, Anthony enjoyed special events, forging lasting and special friendships with many staff and clients throughout the decades. Garden Brook was truly Anthony’s “Home away from Home.”
A Gathering of Friends and Family will be held on Sunday, March 6, 2022, from 3:00 p.m., to 6:00 p.m., at Colasanto Funeral Home, 932 Bank Street, Waterbury, CT. A Funeral Service will be held at 8:30 a.m., to 9:30 a.m., on Monday, March 7, 2022, from the funeral home, to The Shrine of Lourdes, 50 Montfort Rd., Litchfield, CT, for a Mass of Christian Burial, at 10:30 A.M. Burial to follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 669 Platt Rd., Watertown, CT.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Anthony’s name and memory, can be sent to NAMI Connecticut, 1030 New Britain Ave, #201, West Hartford, CT, 06110
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