Anthony “Tony” Giordano

October 26, 1940 - November 2, 2020
Anthony “Tony” Giordano


Anthony “Tony” Giordano, 80, of Wilmington, NC passed away peacefully at home on November 2, 2020 surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Bassano del Grappa, Italy on October, 26, 1940 to Massimo and Yolanda (Tebaldi) Giordano. Called “Nino” by his family, he emigrated to the US in 1946 and settled in Springfield, MA.

Tony is survived by his devoted wife of 54 years, Louise (Goldberger); his two daughters, Andrea Williams (Jim) of Winston-Salem, NC and Roberta Sanford (Dan) of Ayer, MA, and his three grandchildren, Katarina Clegg (Chris) of Pelzer, SC and Alex and Chris Williams of Winston-Salem, NC. He is also survived by his sister Rita Pionnié (Joel) of Bougival, France and several nieces and nephews. Tony was predeceased by his parents and his sisters, Jean (Livi) Mulcahey and Mary Ann Livi.

A graduate of Boston University with a BA/MA in History and an MBA in Hospital Administration, Tony lived in RI for 30 years before retiring with his wife, Louise, to Wilmington in 2003. He had been affiliated with Memorial Hospital of RI for 26 years, retiring as Sr. Vice President. Tony was an avid golfer and member of Porters Neck Country Club and the Men's Golf Association. He enjoyed creating wonderful food to be enjoyed by family and friends, served with wine curated from his self-designed wine cellar. Tony also enjoyed creating beautiful hand-built pinch pottery. He became an expert at personally managing financial investments for his family and was a member of the Porters Neck Investors' Club. With a serious interest in history and political science, Tony loved following and discussing world news and politics. One of his final wishes was to be able to vote in this election. Mission Accomplished.

Special recognition and appreciation from his family go to Dr. William Smith IV and Dr. John Rommel of Cape Fear Heart, Dr. Dean Meisel of Wilmington Health, and Dr. Jonathan Crane of Atlantic Dermatology.

No services are planned at this time. If desired, the family requests Memorial Donations in Tony's name be made to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare ( lifecare.org ) or the Foundation Fighting Blindness ( www.fightingblindness.org ).

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  • November 04, 2020
    Bev Ehrich says:
    Sending you and your children and grandchildren my sympathies.

  • November 24, 2020
    Linda Veltze says:
    I was privileged to get to know Tony better during this pandemic when neighbors would meet in the courtyard and converse. No matter the health problems he was going through, he always had such a warm smile, such a kind demeanor and many beautiful memories of his pre-retirement life. What a lesson for all of us...to not wait until conditions are suitable to engage and befriend. He was the way he was even in difficult times. It was a privilege to be his neighbor! He will always be remembered!

  • November 08, 2020
    Edmond Landry says:
    My sincere condolences to Tony’s wife and family. I had the privilege of having been hired and worked directly for Tony at Memorial Hospital RI in1985 as one of the 12 Directors at a time of great challenges. He was always a man of patience, intellect, wit, wisdom and support. I have always appreciated my time working with this great man. Go with God and be at Peace. “ Now you truly are ‘ Golden’ “

  • November 07, 2020
    Mary Ellen Barkman says:
    Louise, Tony, Andrea and Roberta are my family. They all helped to make me who I am today in essence raising me. There are so many memories of Tony but what epitomized him was his spark in his eyes followed by a giant smile. His wit and giant intellect was always fun to banter with. He was a loyal family man who was always there when you needed him. I considered him to be my second father and I am forever grateful that Tony, Louise, Andrea and Roberta allowed me to be part of so many family memories. I know Tony is hanging out with Massimo, his mom and sisters and maybe even my dad having chicken cutlets, gnochi and of course salad after dinner for digestion. Do not forget a title wine. We all raise a glass to the amazing man Anthony Giordano was. Cheers Tony! I can see your giant smile raising your wine glass to a life well lived. I love you Tony! Louise, Andrea and Roberta I love all of you and was so glad I got to see you all at Roberta’s wedding. Please know that I am always here because we are family!

  • November 07, 2020
    Mary Ellen Barkman says:
    Tony, Louise, Roberta and Andrea are my family. They helped guide and in essence raised me. Louise and Tony were always there for me in good times and bad. I have so many memories of Tony but what epitomized him was his spark in his eyes followed by his giant smile. His quick wit and giant intellect were so fun to banter with. Tony I love you like you were my father and I know you are with Massimo and your mom and sisters and even my dad hanging out cooking and drinking a little wine. Cheers Tony! My love to Louise, Roberta and Andrea. I love you all!!