Our family is forever grateful for our dedicated father, loving companion, loyal friend, and resilient man that was born in Buffalo, NY on January 19, 1943, son of Salvatore and Josephine Saletta. Tony, a once young boxer, embodied a fight and zest for life... EVERY DAY of his life. A construction plumber and mechanical engineer by trade with a work ethic second to none; and without question, his discipline and mindset lives on in each of his three children. His commitment to family was unwavering and demonstrated by not missing a dance recital, cross country event or track meet; and attended every baseball, basketball, soccer, football game, and wrestling match his kids competed in.
Dad loved to make people laugh and was known for his sarcasm, sense of humor, generous heart, and obstinate nature. He truly enjoyed joking around and connecting with everyone. Tony loved the outdoors and made camping, traveling across the country and visiting national parks a way of life with his family. Dad gained a passionate love for running. His runs through Red Rock Canyon with his daughter, Diane, became a weekly 15-mile ritual. He competed strongly in 7 marathons, including qualifying and running in the Boston Marathon.
There are many memories of music playing in our living room, as he danced with our Mom, Sue, and sang from his soul filling our home with love. He took great pride in building our custom home that our family grew up in, and he never missed an opportunity to teach his kids about his other great passion... TOOLS. Three-hour tool lectures and lessons still ring in our little ears.
Tony met with some tragic hardship by losing his eye-sight from a chemical accident at work over 17 years ago. This unfortunate incident would change much of his way of life, yet not his resilient attitude. With Linda relentlessly by his side, they would navigate a life of over 40 eye surgeries and multiple cornea transplants to give him even a hint of sight. They stood side-by-side together for 27 years traveling and exploring the country, and always making time to be with family and friends.
Tony will be deeply missed by his children, Diane, Michael, and Tony, and their mother Sue. His life partner Linda. His sister, Yvonne, and brother, Sal. Daughter-in-law, Cari. Son-in-law, Jim. His grandchildren Christopher, Melissa, Giana, Jacob, Jordyn, Emma, Gavin, Colin, and Audrey. And his Great-grandchildren, Kimber, Bailey, and Joseph; and Tony's best friend, Ray.
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Published by Las Vegas Review-Journal on Feb. 14, 2021.