Born June 4, 1931 in Tuckahoe NY, to Immaculata (Margaret) and Rocco LaManna from Naples Italy. Brother to 3 sisters; Antoinette (Nuzzo), RoseMarie(VonElm) (deceased), and Linda (Sarafian). Father to daughter Judi LaManna-Power(Brendan), son Bryant Clark (Victoria), son Kenneth Clark. Brother in law of Diane and Joseph Tetro.
Tony attended Eastchester schools where he found his first love, Music. He was very active in school activities and sports, but soon became immersed in the Trumpet. His passion for music led him to SUNY Potsdam to further his education in Music. Soon after he enlisted in the Marine Corp, where his talents were quickly recognized, he advanced to Sergeant, Master Marksman, and of course, was recruited for the Marine Corp Band. He became an active member of the Knights of Columbus and the VFW in Mt. Vernon, where he lived with his first wife Teresa DeVito (deceased) and worked for the Mt. Vernon Fire Department as Deputy Commissioner for many years. In addition, he never gave up his love for music and performed at many weddings, events and local concerts well into his 70’s.
Tony was given a second chance for happiness when he met and later married his second wife Joyce Bove, also from Mt. Vernon. The family quickly grew as the 8 grandchildren began to arrive. His pride and joy, they were all so loved and that love and respect was mutual. Teresa Power-Denike (Brian), Amanda Power-Hood (Hal), Christine Clark-Rhode (Nick), Samantha Clark-Rothstein (Brandon), Jessica Power and Michael Nasti, Ken Clark Jr., Janine Clark and Said Tursonov, and Patrick Clark Army Specialist SPC.
“Grandpa Tony” leaves behind a legacy of love of music, love of family, appreciation of good food and the small everyday miracles of life we sometimes take for granted. He was well respected and loved by many. “The leader of the band is tired and his eyes are growing old, but his blood runs through my instrument and his song is in my soul. My life has been a poor attempt to imitate the man. I am the living legacy to the Leader of the Band.”
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