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Anthony Arigoni Sr.,70

Anthony C. Arigoni, Sr. was welcomed into eternal life in the quiet moments of December 31, 2021 in the loving arms of his wife, Emily. Born on March 29, 1951 in Pittsfield, MA to Marion Arigoni (Morgan) and Roger Arigoni I, he was the third of seven siblings all of whom he loved deeply.


Amongst his countless skills, loving those around him is what Tony did best. He strived to provide his family with love, security, and opportunities. If you were blessed to call Tony husband, dad, grandpa, brother, uncle, or friend, you were loved beyond measure. He had a heart of gold.


Tony met the love of his life, Emily Williams at his grandmother’s home at the tender age of sixteen. Being the gentleman that he was, he lended her his jean jacket that had two dollars in it. She spent it and he spent the rest of his life making sure Emily was his girl.


Tony and Emily were married on December 20, 1969 and shared fifty-two beautiful years of marriage. They had an authentic and profound love for one another. They were blessed with four children: Anthony Jr., his wife Kerry, Peter, his wife Barbara, Jason, his fiance Corissa Bryant, Elizabeth and her husband Joe Vareschi. All of whom cherished their Dad’s friendship, invaluable wisdom and charm. He was a model of integrity and honor for them. Their Dad is their hero.


His grandchildren and great grandchildren were his pride and joy. Tony made sure to impart on them the gift of hard work, the joy of togetherness, the importance of family and what it means to show up. Because that’s what Tony did. He showed up for games, practices, birthdays, graduations, weddings, and births. He showed up for the little and big moments to listen, to play, to make memories. He was always there. He leaves behind nine grandchildren: Bethanie (Dylan) Gammell, Marissa (Chris) Koch, Matthew Arigoni and his partner Aaron, Robert (Sarah Grace) Matte III, Joseph, Emma, Julia, and Vivian Vareschi, and Jackson Arigoni. In addition he leaves two great grandchildren: Oliver and Molly Gammell.


Tony had the greatest stories and never missed an opportunity to share one. If you grew up with him, worked with him, or were a part of his tribe you were most likely in one of his infamous stories. He also wrote numerous songs on his guitar and found peace and enjoyment listening and reminiscing with his favorite music.


He worked many jobs that gave him skills he would use throughout his life, including General Electric where he learned how to be a mason, read blueprints, design and build. In the early 1980’s he became the sole proprietor of Arigoni Construction from which he provided excellent craftsmanship as a mason and builder. It was also through his work that he shared his many talents with his three sons and provided them with opportunities upon which to build their own careers. Tony also owned and managed the Florida General Store with his wife for almost seventeen years. He wasn’t all work though. He enjoyed going to the beach, camping, and taking his girl for long motorcycle rides.


Tony cherished family and that included his brothers and sisters. Dawn and Alan Shippee, his adventure partners, Susan Broadhurst, Dorris (Tom) Welch, Joanne Augello, Roger Arigoni II, and John Arigoni Sr. and their families. Tony always made time and cared deeply for them. They were survivors of many hardships throughout their childhood and Tony’s friendship and dependability were steady constants for them all.

Tony is also survived by his only living uncle, Norman Morgan of Pittsfield. They spoke daily and visited weekly. He was a great friend and comfort to Uncle Norman who will miss him terribly.


Tony had many accomplishments in his life but a life well lived is told best through the legacy left behind. He shared his life generously with all who knew him. As a friend recently said, “His love and caring for those around him filled a room. He always put a smile on my face and his genuine kindness was always present.” Tony was keenly aware of God’s grace ever present in his life and he was grateful. May Tony and his legacy of love, devotion, and gratitude be always present and may we live a life of gratitude to God for Tony, husband, dad, grandpa, and friend, that we have loved him and were loved by him.


A Liturgy of Christian Burial to celebrate the Life of Anthony C. Arigoni Sr. will be celebrated Friday January 7, 2022 at 11 a.m. St. Mary's of the Assumption Church in Cheshire, MA. Burial will take place in the spring. Calling Hours at the Flynn & Dagnoli Funeral Home, CENTRAL CHAPELS, 74 Marshall St. North Adams, MA. are Thursday from 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations for Pop Cares as he was ever so grateful for the support they have given his beautiful wife. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit

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Knew tony and jason when they renovated my house in Colrain. Every thing you all said was true in a professional way as well. He and his son did a great job on my house, were always professional and I met his wife too. They were clearly lucky in love. And that is no small thing. I live every day with the great , fair job he did. He took his values to work with him. Many people besides his family and friends benefitted from his consistent and thoughtful ways.
from: patience loweon: 01-09-2022

Pete and family… we are so saddened to hear of your dads passing. Thoughts and prayers to you all. And may wonderful memories flood your heart and ease the grief.
from: Al & Nancy Lon: 01-09-2022

Emily and family,
We are so sorry for your loss.
from: Thomas Kidder and Pamela Kidderon: 01-07-2022

My thoughts & prayers go out to his loving family,& all his friends.
from: Gina Maria Consolini RNon: 01-07-2022

My deepest sympathy, sorrow and condolences to Emily and the rest of Tony's family. Having lived on Florida mountain for 10 years I had the opportunity to know Tony and Emily at the General store on rte. 2 in Florida, Ma. I saw first hand his commitment to his family and friends. My prayers are with Tony and the family.
from: Dennis Manganoon: 01-07-2022

From the moment I met Tony he made me feel welcome. He was one of my favorite people to see when we worked together on projects. It was easy to see he had a passion for life and shared it with his family who I am thankful to call friends. He will be missed but never forgotten by me. I am thankful for the opportunity to know him. God bless him and the family.
from: Dan Delorier on: 01-04-2022

So sorry Emily and kids! Prayers and condolences, in this very sad time. Many good memories at the store, just saw Toni a short time ago at Pedrin’s. . God bless, Rest In Peace Anthony.
from: Patrick, Connie Gray and familyon: 01-04-2022

Sorry to hear about Tony"s Passing. I grew up with the Family on Mill St in Adams.
from: Thomas DeGrayon: 01-03-2022

Emily and family, we are sorry for your loss. Tony will be missed by all who were fortunate to have known him. We will miss his laughter and stories. Our deepest sympathies. Marianne and Paul “Tito” Sniezek.
from: on: 01-03-2022

Tony always had a smile on his face
from: Forist Mclain IIIon: 01-03-2022

Emily, Jason and family: We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Gwen & Woody Boillat
from: Gwen Boillaton: 01-03-2022

Dear Emily and Family:

I’m so sorry for your loss. This is a beautiful tribute to Tony and so true to his life and accomplishments. Always kind - may he Rest In Peace.❤️🙏. It was a pleasure knowing him. May God bless you with strength and love.

from: Gwen Cariddion: 01-03-2022

I'm so sorry to read of Tony's passing. Tony helped me make it through algebra back in high school. I never saw him too often after high school, but when I did, he was always as happy to see me as I was to see him. Tony was just a good man and I'm sure he will be missed by many. Rest in peace my friend.
from: Bob Balawenderon: 01-03-2022