In Our Care

Anthony (‘TONY’) C. Scalese of West Newton passed away peacefully on December 26 at the age of 91 following 3 years of kidney disease. Tony remained active, loving and funny into his last hours.

Tony was the youngest of four brothers raised in Cambridge to parents Antonio & Carmela Caloggero Scalese who immigrated from Calabria, Italy. All four brothers (Vincent, Fred, Dominic and Tony) graduated from Rindge Technical School followed by active service in the military.

Tony was appointed to the United States Naval Academy by then-Senator John F. Kennedy and graduated in 1952 with a degree in Engineering. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Personnel Management. Tony greatly enjoyed his distinguished 22-year career in the Navy, which found him serving in Korea, China, Vietnam, Germany and the Cuban Embargo. Tony commanded numerous ships including the USS Francis Marion and was based in Venezuela for several years while serving with the Organization of American States (OAS).

Following his retirement from the Navy as a Commander (selected for Captain), Tony had a successful 25-year career in Building Construction & Management. He constructed a wide range of buildings, including hotels, utility plants and other government facilities along the East Coast and overseas (e.g., Iran, Libya, Saudi Arabia).
Throughout his life, Tony remained active in numerous professional and charitable organizations, including the VFW, German Club/Boylston Schul-Verein, Retired Officers’ Association and the Massachusetts’ Charitable Mechanic Association.

Tony is survived by his wife KARIN of West Newton, his five children (MONIKA & Klaus Dieter Niemann of Germany; CHRISTOPHER & Anne of Arizona; GREGORY of New York; MARINA & David LeTourneau of Virginia; and MARK & WillyJane of Vermont) and many beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.

A small private service is scheduled for 11:00am Wednesday December 30 at Cambridge City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Kidney Fund at