Anthony James DeMaio, Jr. passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, January 31, 2016 after a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of the late Marie Landino DeMaio. Tony was born on November 16, 1930 in Hamden, son of the late Anthony J. DeMaio, Sr., beloved stepfather Vincent DeCaprio & mother Rachel Grace DeCaprio. He was a graduate of Hamden High School, class of 1950, and received his teaching certificate from Central Connecticut State University in 1996. Upon graduation from high school, he began his work career as an auto mechanic at Setaro motors in New Haven where he worked for 19 years. In 1969 Tony became owner of Bill's Esso (Exxon) where he remained owner until he purchased Montowese Auto Sales and Repair in 1982. Shortly thereafter and at the age of 55 he began his second career as a vocational automotive teacher at Wilbur Cross High School where he was affectionately known as 'Mr. D.'. Tony truly loved his teaching career and was a mentor to hundreds of students over the span of 30 years. Tony was beyond generous, hard working, and tough with a great sense of humor, but his soft spot was for his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Tony was a founding member of the Church of the Ascension, where he was actively involved in the Men's Club and was a head usher. He was also a member of the Hamden Italian American Club, and Sacred Heart Academy Father's Club. Tony had a natural gift for knowing how to build, fix and maintain just about anything. He was also known as Mr. Fix-it, Pop, Poppy, and 'Junie.' He is survived by his children, Cheryl (Keith) Lombardo of Plainville, David (Pamela) DeMaio of Guilford, Denise (George) Hindinger, and Kristen (Jeffrey) Lendroth all of Hamden; his grandchildren, Mark & James DeMaio, Rachel & William Hindinger, Jessica DeMaio, Brian Horvath, Brittany & Joe De Angelo, Matthew & Tina Lendroth; two great-grandchildren, Jason and Adalyn. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his sister, Frances Kiwanis and a brother, Joseph DeMaio and his beloved dog Emily. Funeral from BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden on Friday, February 5th at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Church of the Ascension, 1050 Dunbar Hill Rd, Hamden at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with his family on Thursday evening from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be sent to the Paralyzed Veterans, New England Chapter, 1600 Providence Highway, suite 143, Walpole, MA 02081, or Half Way Home Rescue Animal Shelter, c/o Pet Smart, 400 Universal Drive, North Haven, CT 06473.

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  1. Tony was one of the nicest people we have ever known. He will be missed by many. Our deepest sympathy and love to Cheryl, David, Denise, Kristen and the whole family .

  2. Tony was the most caring person I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.

    He enriched the lives of everyone he came in contact with. As a teacher he never knew how to say no, to students or fellow teachers. There wasn’t anything he would not do for for anyone. He truly had a heart of gold. As a fellow teacher and friend I truly feel blessed that I could call my friend.

  3. David, I am sorry to hear about your loss. You, Pam and the rest of your family are in our prayers. May he rest in peace. God bless.

  4. David: Your Dad was a good man…he raised a good son in his own image…and he’s not really gone. Every day…from now on…when you look in the mirror…you’ll see your Dad. And that picture will become clearer every day. Trust me.

  5. I\’m a retired teacher from Wilbur Cross High School I knew Tony for most of my years of teaching. He was a wonderful man. He was always helping anyone that needed him and he always had a pleasant nature. He will definitely be missed by many people. My prayers and struts go out to his family and friends

  6. Mr d was a good man a great teacher and a good friend he will be missed thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends thanks for the good memories Mr d will miss u

  7. David, Pam and all extended family, Remembering your Dad (Poppy) from holidays shared with the DeMaio family. What a wonderful man and such a wonderful sense of humor. We feel blessed to have known him. I’m sure Marie is happy to have him finally at her side again. Please know we keep you close in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Dear Dave, We are so sorry to hear about the death of your father. Our thoughts and prayers with you at this difficult time. With our deepest and heartfelt condolences, Simon and Maureen Carroll

  9. Sending caring thoughts across the miles to all of Tony’s family. May it help, at least a little, to know that so many people are thinking of you, and holding you in their hearts right now.

  10. To Mr. D\’s family, A wonderful teacher, mentor, and friend to all that knew him at Wilbur Cross High School! No event went by without Mr. D\’s caring involvement, especially the Coronation Balls! A true \.Governor\. as my son called him! As a parent of two sons at Cross at that time in the early 90s, he always made their day complete with his auto mechanics class! May you rest in peace Mr. D, your memory will stay with us always!

    Our Deepest sympathy,

    The Funaro Family

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