November 15, 2017

Antonio Ganga Jr., 86

Known to everyone as "Tony," Antonio Ganga, Jr. was a strong, hard-working family man. He was also well read and intelligent, a good guy, a sly prankster and jokester. A man whom many called friend.

After retiring in 1995 he moved to Wainscott from Queens with his wife AnnMarie (Schepperle). They wanted to be closer to their sons, Tony and his family, and Bob. Not long after his arrival he got a job at the Hess station where he became well known for taking family photos, newspaper clippings, and jokes from his shirt pocket and showing them to any and all that he met there.

Tony died on September 30 at the Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation in Southampton, one day after his 61st wedding anniversary. He was 86 years old.

Born on June 14, 1931 in Iron Mountain, Michigan to Antonio Ganga Sr. and Elizabeth (Raymond), Tony was the fourth child of six siblings. His father remarried after his wife Elizabeth died in 1953. The growing family now included the addition of a stepbrother and half-sister.

Tony studied industrial arts at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI. He decided to join the Army in 1951, and completed OCS as a Second Lieutenant during the Korean War. After Korea he continued as a member of the Army Reserve. By the time he left in 1959, he was a First Lieutenant.

In Sept. 1956 he married the former AnnMarie Schepperle at St. Robert's Bellarmine Church, having their reception at "the castle," otherwise known as the Officers Club at Fort Totten in Bayside, Queens.

Tony and AnnMarie had two boys, Anthony John, born in July 1957, and Robert William, born in March 1961. After leaving the Army, Ganga had as many as three jobs simultaneously, working seven days a week for several years. In 1974 he decided to take a break -- a break that meant he only had two jobs and Sundays mostly off until he retired at 65.

An avid reader, he spent hours doing crossword puzzles and collecting jokes to tell. Much to the dismay of his Michigan siblings, Ganga was also a loyal Yankees and Giants fan. 

Ganga is predeceased by his mother and father, brother Willard, sisters Nicoletta and Beverly. He survived by his wife AnnMarie, sons Tony and Bob, grandchildren Kate, Jason, Vicky, Angela, and great-grandchildren Jana and Jesse born on Oct. 9. He is also survived by brothers Raymond and Jerry and sisters Libby and Dorothy as well as many, many nieces and nephews.

There will be a memorial at some time after the first of the year.

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