Anthony Sblendorio

January 22, 1928 - December 11, 2010
Anthony Sblendorio


Anthony Sblendorio 82, of Wilmington passed away Saturday, December 11, 2010 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter.

Anthony was born in Brooklyn NY on 1/22/1928 as the son of the late Frank and Nancy Sblendorio. He is a graduate of Brooklyn College and was employed for 32 years by General Foods Corporation in various senior Sales and Marketing positions. Tony, as he preferred to be called, was a life-long wood carver, always creating, teaching and making friendships through his art. He is a member of the Cape Fear Wood Carving Association and leaves a proud legacy of creative work behind him which his family intends to share with others.

Surviving Tony, is his wife of 58 years Josephine Sblendorio, son Mark Sblendorio and wife Sheryl of Carolina Beach, grandson’s Zack Sblendorio, Cody Sblendorio and Ross Sblendorio, sister’s Esther Carodonna of Staten Island NY, Marie Poppo of Long Island NY and Frances and husband Ken Stewart of The Villages FL.

Many thanks to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice, his doctors, nurses and the entire Wilmington Medical community for the care and support they provided. Thank you to all of the known and unknown friends and family for their generosity of support.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held for family and friends from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at the Marriot Hotel, located at 100 Charlotte Avenue in Carolina Beach NC. For information call (910) 458-2030.

Memorials can be made to Saint Jude Children’s Hospital or The Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

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Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • December 22, 2010
    Michael Sabatino says:
    Dear Jo and Family Gail just told me of Tony's passing our deepest condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers Michael & Robert

  • December 18, 2010
    Rebecca Taylor says:
    I was so sorry to hear about Tony. He was one of my most memorable patrons and book club members and I will never forget him.

  • December 16, 2010
    Richard Greco says:
    My uncle Tony, affectionately called "Unc" was an important figure in my teen years. I don't think he knew nor did I know at the time how far reaching the little nuggets of wisdom he gave to me would go. These nuggets were bestowed not as from a professor, teacher or master craftsman, although all of the above to me, but rather in general conversation of an older, wiser man to an inquisitive youth These were pivotal for a young man groping for his way to manhood. Thanx Unc Affectionately, your nephew, Rich

  • December 16, 2010
    Elizabeth Grauel says:
    Dear Sblendorio Family, My heart aches for all of you. Tony was a wonderful man, storyteller, wood carver, husband, father & grandfather. He was a very loving & proud man. We always looked forward to a great big bear hug, kiss on the cheek and his smile never stopped. A fine example for all. Our family looked up to him and admired his qualities of love for his family and being a true "gentleman". Our boys have a great example of what it is to be a great man, thanks to Tony Sblendorio! He will me missed but never forgotten. All our love, The Grauel Family

  • December 22, 2010
    Gail Greco Bagley says:
    My Uncle Tony was on My Favorite Uncle’s List; kids like to size such matters up reassuringly. These youthful impressions strengthened as years went by. He was helpful as he made me feel important to the world whether I was at work, play, or dealing with something more personal. If he disagreed, he was honest and shared his intellectual guidance – a disciple of sorts for anyone’s life he touched. As I grew, I could put words to the whys of his avuncular and universal popularity. He was: friendly, passionate, organized, interesting, talented, embracing, curious, and a man who could also poke fun at himself -- which all added up to why he was ageless. He was also artistic. To know of his fun-loving nature, you could look at his delightfully madcap wood carvings – and I did so often enjoying a laugh and a hearty chuckle – like the ones he himself often delivered, only with an added whimsy and twinkle in his eye. I loved among those now classic wooden figurines, the sobering, but undaunted weekend warrior with his (duh!!!) foot-in-in cement and throbbing bashed hammered thumb. Or, the raggy old lady on an animated mission to rule the world with her fierce grin, a crazy pair of socks, and a little black umbrella. Uncle Tony: the character behind the characters and so much more … still at the top of that list all these years. Bravo, Uncle Tony. You did it right and we thank you for it!