Obituary of Anthony Compagno (1932 – 2022) – Larkspur, CA

Anthony (Tony) Compagno July 7, 1932 – April 5, 2022 Tony Compagno, devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, died peacefully at home on April 5, 2022 surrounded by his wife Beverly and children. He was born on July 7, 1932 in Martinez, California to Salvatore and Caterina Compagno. He is reunited with his parents and sisters, Joan and Marie, who predeceased him. Tony grew up in Martinez and attended St. Catherine’s Grammar School and Alhambra High School. After graduating from high school, he attended Diablo Valley College for a year and then enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he served four years and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. Tony then attended San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco, where he received both his teaching and consulting credentials. In 1957 he met the “love of his life” Beverly Piro. They married August 1, 1959, spent 62 years together and raised five children, Steve, Mary, Kathleen, Susan (Bob) and Laurice (Matt). Tony has eight grandchildren: Steve Jr., Gina, Joe, Matthew, Anna, Bryce, Nolan, and Benjamin. Tony and Beverly moved to Marin County in 1959 and settled in Larkspur, where they have lived for 55 years. Tony’s first teaching job was at James Lick Junior High School in San Francisco and then at Redwood High School in Larkspur, where he worked as a teacher, consultant, administrator and coach until his retirement in 1992. He touched many lives during his time at Redwood and was also a legend among his students and peers. Tony also taught math and English at San Quentin, served in the Air Force Reserve, taught summer driver training, and held his general contractor license. He also worked at Jackson’s Hardware in San Rafael for 10 years after retiring from Redwood and was a substitute teacher at El Cerrito High School. Tony was very proud of his Larkspur home, where he did the interior work himself. When he wasn’t building something for his home or working on a remodel for someone else, he could be found at the Woodshop in Redwood making a desk for one of his children, or a stroller, scooter, or personalized chair for one of his grandchildren . Tony was a true artist with wood and the tools he put in his hands. Tony loved his family, especially his devoted wife, Beverly. He also had a special bond with his friend and mentor Simi Tuitubou who was a true gift to Tony and the whole family. He loved his children, always present in their lives. He loved his grandchildren and attended as many of their games and events as possible. Tony will be greatly missed. He made his community a better place, set a great example for his family and positively touched many lives over the years. The family is soliciting charitable donations to the Disabled American Veterans or the St. Vincent de Paul Society. A funeral service will be celebrated on Tuesday 19 April 2022 at 10:00 am at St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Larkspur.

Published by the Marin Independent Journal on April 15-17, 2022.

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