AGAWAM: Anthony Peter Liquori (84) of Southwick and Tolland, formerly of Agawam, passed away peacefully in his home on March 21, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of 60 years to Irene (Banel) Liquori. Anthony – fondly known by his friends and family as “Ant’ny”,“Chickee”, and “Tony” – was born in Springfield on January 26, 1937, son to the late Fiore and Florence Rose (Bonavito) Liquori. He was predeceased by his siblings John Liquori, Mamie (Liquori) Nostin, and Thomas Liquori.
Anthony graduated Agawam High School in 1954 and attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He served in the Army National Guard for 6 years; he was honorably discharged in 1962. Anthony was a parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Church. In his early years, he worked for the town of Longmeadow as a surveyor and for Al Nichols Surveying in Agawam. Using those surveying skills, he was part of the team that developed the layout, routing, and design of the Deerfield section of I-91. Anthony was a prolific property developer. His first development was Willow Brook Estates off of Cooper Street, established with his two brothers and sister. He helped develop Overlook Ridge Estates in Suffield; and several properties in Feeding Hills with his two brothers, John and Tom; Hawk’s Nest and Evergreen in Westfield; and a section on City View and Hillside in Westfield. He built several homes in Woodcliff in Eastwood and developed Westbridge Manor Apartments in Westfield. He was the owner/developer of Pine Knoll Estates in Southwick. He was a real estate owner/broker for New Horizons Real Estate in Westfield for over 30 years. Anthony served as a director on the Board for Driftwood Shores in Tolland, MA. He was appointed Chairman of the Conservation Commission on May 5, 1980.
In the early 80’s he was a member of the Mawaga Club, where he would take his sons fishing. Many summers were spent with the Hillios Family enjoying the beautiful beaches of Falmouth on Cape Cod. For the last 40 years, summers were mostly spent on Otis Reservoir with his wife, children, grandchildren, and extended family and friends enjoying the lake – kayaking, water skiing, birdwatching, fishing, and boating. Many happy memories were made over the past 28 years on Martha’s Vineyard, where Anthony rented a home for his family and grandchildren, so they could enjoy the amenities of this beautiful island – fishing, beaching, biking, enjoying sunsets, and family time. Every December, he would take his family to Freeport, Maine for a long weekend, staying at the Harraseeket Inn. Anthony spent countless winters skiing with the Slate Family at Mount Snow and traveled with them and family to Vail, Beaver Creek, and Breckenridge. Anthony and his wife Irene took many trips to Europe skiing – St. Moritz, Zermatt, Mt. Blanc, Chamonix, Bormio, and the Dolomites. He spent many weekends throughout the year with his brothers, nephews, and sons hunting in Vermont at his friend Joey’s home. He enjoyed fishing, pheasant hunting, duck hunting, and bow hunting in Vermont. He also went salmon fishing in Alaska and the Miramichi River in Nova Scotia. Anthony enjoyed hiking and biking throughout New England. He loved all things outdoors and visited many national parks across the United States. One of his passions was playing softball and coaching baseball at Sacred Heart Parish in Feeding Hills. For over fifty years, Anthony spent his mornings having breakfast at Memo’s Coffee Shop enjoying the company of his brothers, brother-in-laws, and friends. He often stopped at McDonald’s on Wednesdays to have a cup of coffee with his cousins Ed and Dickie. Once a month he got together with his 1954 classmates and enjoyed spending time with them, especially with Pudgy, his life-long friend. He looked forward to conversations with Joe Mendes, another life-long friend.
Anthony will be missed by his beloved wife Irene, his three loving children, Christine (Liquori) Kuras and her husband Joseph Kuras of Southwick, Anthony Liquori and his husband Steven Maler of Boston and Provincetown, Michael Liquori and his partner Rachel Kurtz of Agawam; his two adored grandchildren, Michael Anthony Grenier and his fiancée Alexandra Ricco of West Springfield and Lauren Irene Grenier of Boston; his brother-in-law Frank Nostin of Agawam and Boca Raton, Florida and his devoted brother-in-law Victor Banel of Westfield; Josephine (Banel) Hillios of Chicopee; and many adoring nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family and friends.
The Liquori family wishes to thank Anthony’s caregivers Shawkat Salimov and Lasha Kamkamidze of EuroCare and his entire medical team at Baystate Health, including Baystate Home Health and Baystate Hospice for their exceptional care. They’d also like to thank Roopashree Muralidhar, MD and Michael Siegenthaler, MD, Candice for her pharmaceutical expertise, as well as RAM Ambulance. They are especially grateful to his nephew Joseph Liquori, his niece Tara (Hillios) Paquette, Victor Banel, Josephine Hillios and Pudgy Phillips for their unwavering support.
A special thank you goes out to his friends and family for all the visits, telephone calls, FaceTime chats, texts and especially for their friendship and prayers.
Calling hours for Anthony will be held Wednesday, March 24, 2021, from 3pm to 7pm in the Colonial Forastiere Family Funeral Home, 985 Main St., Agawam. Funeral services will begin at 8:45AM on Thursday, March 25, 2021 from the funeral home. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will take place at 10:00AM in St. John the Evangelist Church, 833 Main St., Agawam. Due to the recent Covid 19 restrictions, burial will be private. MASKS/SOCIAL DISTANCING MUST BE PERFORMED IN THE FUNERAL HOME AND AT THE CHURCH. PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS OF THE STAFF IN REGARDS TO VISITOR CAPACITY.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (https://www.aspca.org or by mail: ASPCA, PO Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090-6929) or the Skip Joyce Endowed Fund for Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy Research at Mass General (https://tinyurl.com/Anthony-Liquori-Memorial-Fund or by mail: Massachusetts General Hospital, Development Office, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114).