Anthony G. (Tony) Del Beato, 92, of Brookhaven, a longtime newsprint warehouse foreman for The Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News, died Monday, Dec. 13, of natural causes at Crozer-Chester Medical Center.
Mr. Del Beato was a newsprint foreman for 40 years before retiring in 1988 at the age of 70. He started as a paper handler and worked his way up to foreman. He always worked the night shift, his family said.
Born in Philadelphia, he lived in South Philadelphia for many years but moved in 2008 to Brookhaven, Delaware County.
Mr. Del Beato served in combat for 21/2 years as a machine gun sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was discharged in 1945 as a staff sergeant.
When his father, Augustine E. Del Beato, died at a young age, Mr. Del Beato, then in his teens, took the responsibility of caring for his mother and three sisters.
He met his wife, the former Lena M. Carracillo, at a pizza parlor, his family said. She died in 2005 after 63 years of marriage.
Surviving are a son, Anthony G. Jr.; daughters Diana Naselli, Joan Burns, Lorraine Amalfitano, and Marlene Cavaliere; a sister; 12 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren. Two sisters died earlier.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, at the White-Luttrell Funeral Home, 311 N. Swarthmore Ave., Ridley Park. A Funeral Mass will follow at 1 p.m. at the Church of St. Madeline, Penn Street and Morton Avenue, Ridley Park.