Anthony J.'s Story
Anthony J. Vekich, Sr., 'Tony' known to his family and friends, passed away on July 30th, 2017 at the age of 94 after a brief illness at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, NY. Tony was born on June 20th, 1923 in Duluth, MN to Joseph and Frances (Gerica) Vekich who immigrated from Austria and Yugoslavia, and settled in Duluth.
He was a 1942 graduate of East High School in Superior, WI, and served in the United States Army in the Asian-Pacific Theatre during World War II as an MP from 1943-1945 on the island of Saipan.
Tony worked as a machine operator, union steward and then Supervisor for the Kimberly Clark Paper Mill in Niagara Falls, NY, until closing.
In the late 1960's, he moved to Victor, CO, where he was a home contractor, and also helped to remodel and restore the old mining town of Cripple Creek, CO. He returned to Western New York about 25 years ago and settled in Belfast, NY where he served as Supervisor for the Town of New Hudson for 14 years, beginning in 2002. Tony was an avid hunter and fisherman and a life member of the N.R.A.
Tony is survived by two sons, Anthony (Roxan) Vekich, Jr. of Fort Myers, FL, and Steven Vekich of Niagara Falls; one daughter, Charlene Vekich of Niagara Falls; two brothers, Steve (Inez) Vekich of Marietta, OH, and Frank (Helen) Vekich of Barker, NY; and one sister, Neda Francis of Naples, FL.
Additionally, he is survived by six grandchildren, Anthony Vekich III, Shawn Vekich, Bridget Cadwallader, Amanda Cobb, Brianna Bonnette and Chandra Fitzsimmons; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by one brother, Joseph Vekich.
There will be no prior visitation. A graveside memorial service with full military honors will be held in the new Western New York National Cemetery in Pembroke, NY, upon its completion in the spring of 2018.
Memorial contributions in Tony's name may be made to Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517.
Arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Swan Funeral Home, 3256 Riverside Drive in Wellsville, NY. Online condolences may be offered at baker-swan.com.
Published on August 9, 2017