Anthony Louis D’Elia Jr., 93, formerly of Philadelphia and Yeadon, died peacefully on January 4th, 2020 at home in Wallingford, PA. Tony was preceded in death by his parents Anthony Sr. and Helena (nee Wahl), his beloved wife Rosemarie (nee Severino) and his sister Dolores Sage (Vincent). Tony is survived by his son, Tony III (Linda), and his two daughters, Rosemarie Mullen (Phil) and Barbara Doyle (Mike), as well as his sister Helen Borkowski, his nine grandchildren, Tony IV (Amanda), Gregory (Kristen), Steve (Colleen), PJ, Matt (Alyssa), Dan, Kristin (Andrew), Michael (Kelly), and Caitlin (Eric), his 12 nieces and nephews, and his 13 great-grandchildren.
Tony grew up in Southwest Philadelphia and graduated from John Bartram High School in 1946. After high school, he joined the US Merchant Marines, where he served for a couple of years. He then commenced work at the Bellevue Stratford Hotel, where he worked together with his father, Tony Sr., and soon met his sweetheart, Rosemarie. He remained at the Bellevue until its closing in 1976. Tony’s career at the Bellevue provided opportunities for frequent interactions with many politicians, entertainers, professional athletes, and other public figures including several US Presidents. His tenure at the Bellevue yielded volumes of inside stories and anecdotes. Tony subsequently parlayed a real estate license into a second career as a commercial real estate tax assessor for Delaware County PA. where he worked until his retirement in 2007.
Tony and Rosemarie married in 1950, after their meeting at the Bellevue Stratford Hotel. They enjoyed many happy years together in Yeadon while raising their son and two daughters. Tony was active in the Galileo Club of Yeadon during that period while nurturing his lifelong interest in the Phillies and becoming a fan of the Philadelphia Flyers. In 1978, Tony and Rosemarie invested in a vacation home just outside of Sea Isle City, where they enjoyed “…Goin’ down the shore” with their growing family of children and grandchildren. They moved from Yeadon to Wallingford in 1984. Rosemarie passed in 1984, and Tony eventually sold their seashore property, although he continued to cherish his frequent trips to Sea Isle City to spend beach time with his extended family and where he was well known as “PopPop”. In 2017, Tony moved to another Wallingford location, where he continued to enjoy his friendships, happy hours, card games, and family time/events.
Due to the current pandemic requirement, the family has decided not to conduct a viewing, but friends and family are invited to the Funeral Mass celebrating Tony’s life on Saturday January 9th, 2021, at 11:00 AM at St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2400 N. Providence Road, Media PA. Interment will be private. The funeral mass will be live-streamed. You’ll be able to view it using this link… https://www.stmarymagdalen.net/live-stream
Social distancing and masks are required at the funeral services due to Covid.
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