Deacon Anthony ‘Tony’ Como dies at age 86


Anthony “Tony” Como, 86, of Bellmawr, a retired deacon of the Diocese of Camden, died April 21 at Cooper Hospital in Camden.

Ordained on Oct. 4, 1981, Deacon Como served at St. Anne’s Church in Westville before retiring in 2001.

Born in Yonkers, N.Y., he served in the United States Air Force and United States Army during the Korean War. In 1992, he retired from the Siemens Company in Cherry Hill as the Maintenance Supervisor.

He was a member of the Bellmawr Park Fire Company; Sons of Italy William Pacca Lodge of Bellmawr; and the Bellmawr Democrat Club.

“Deacon Tony Como was a quiet man who went about his duties to the church, the community and his family with a sense of dedication and faithfulness,” remembered Deacon Leo McBlain, director of personnel for the Diocese of Camden’s Office of the Permanent Diaconate, adding that Deacon Como “was well liked by many because of his friendly manner.”

He was the husband of the late Rita (nee D’Agostino). He is survived by daughters Bernadette (Daniel) D’Ambrosio of Glendora; Victoria (Joseph) Caruso of Sicklerville; Suzanne (James) Totani of Westville; Christina (Craig) Baer of Bellmawr; Regina (Dan) Mecco of High Bridge; Toni Marie (Andrew) Clayton of Westville; his brother Thomas, and sister Anna Campana, both of Yonkers; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated April 28 at St. Joachim Church in Bellmawr. Interment was in New St. Mary’s Cemetery.

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