Tony Triglione, the founder of Mission of Deeds and a longtime Rotarian, passed away at the age of 85.
Tony founded the Mission of Deeds in 1993. He led, guided and inspired the organization and his generosity to Mission of Deeds knew no bounds. Tony served as a member of the board of directors from the beginning and was the first president. He had extraordinary appreciation for every volunteer and donor, as well as deep compassion for the clients. His greatest dream was for Mission of Deeds to have its own permanent facility, a dream that was realized with our recent expansion. Tony was active to the end and was at Mission of Deeds as recently as Tuesday.
Tony was inspired to start the organization by his religious faith as well as his own experience growing up poor, his father having passed away when Tony and his three siblings were young.
Tony left school in Somerville to join the Navy in World War II. After four years in the Navy, he opened a service station in the south end of Woburn. Tony married his wife Tina around the same time. In 1955 he opened his first Suppliers Automotive Parts store in Woburn and stores in several surrounding towns followed. At one point Tony was the largest retailer of NAPA auto parts on the east coast.
Tony is survived by his wife, Tina, his two sisters and a brother, four children and ten grandchildren. The funeral mass was at 10:00 am on Tuesday, August 30, at St. Mary’s Church, 155 Washington Street, Winchester.
Tony has passed from this life but he lives in the work we do at Mission of Deeds every day.
Tribute to Tony Triglione by Jack Kean at the luncheon meeting held on Thursday, October 13, 2011 with Tony's wife, Tina and his children and their spouses and Tony's sister present:
“You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.”
In those words by Winston Churchill are captured the essence of Tony Triglione.
Anthony “Tony” Triglione joined the Rotary Club of Winchester in 1970.
He served as a member in good standing until his passing August 25, 2011.
Classification: Automobile Parts – Wholesale
When I think of Tony Triglione I think of the Good Samaritan. The priest and the Levite came upon the man who was left by the side of the road beaten and anguished and asked “if I were to stop what will happen to this man?” The Good Samaritan asked “If I do not stop what will happen to him?” Tony was the consummate Good Samaritan.
I spent some time going through the club bulletins from the 7’s and 80’s looking for some background material.
Here are some of the mundane bulletin facts about Tony the Rotarian:
Bulletin dated October 16, 1975 - Tony was going to celebrate his 39th birthday……….for the sixth time.
December 8, 1976 – Tony brought his son Chip as a guest
December 29, 1976 - Tony brought and introduced the speaker (he did this many times)
April 28, 1980 - Tony was listed as the Barn Chairman for the month of May
May 8, 1980 - Tony’s guest pulled his own ticket out of the raffle bucket
May 25, 1980 - Tony was the low net at the Rotary member golf tournament at the WCC
July 10, 1980 - Tony sponsored the members @ “Tony’s” Golf Tournament in Marshfield
November 22, 1982 - Tony sponsored a new member Walter Dignam
January 17, 1983 Tony was the $5.00 raffle winner.
I give you these snippets from Tony’s history with the club to document that Tony executed all of the routine obligations that are expected of a Rotarian. Tony however went far beyond what was within the comfort zone for the average Rotarian. He was a quiet man of great sincerity and integrity who spoke through his actions. He wanted to make a difference. Tony had an irrepressible desire to leave the world a better place than he found it. He believed in the dignity of all people, he respected their rights and he firmly embraced community service as a means to goodwill and understanding. He was in short a man of vision.
From the early 1950’s until the mid 80’s the financial guts of this club was the Rotary Auction & Bean Supper and The Barn. Both are now relics of the past but the efforts of the Rotarians from that era have ensured that this club had financial stability. The seed for our current Charitable Fund was the proceeds from the sale of the Rotary Barn.
Each Rotarian was assigned a month of duty at the Barn. This demanded a minimal commitment of 2 hours on Monday night and 2 hours on Saturday morning. Tony’s presence at the Barn did not require a directive or an assignment, he was just there. Tony never sought recognition for his dedication and efforts to ensure that The Barn, the Auction and the Bean Supper were successful.
In those he found his avenue of service. He used his strong back, acute mind and organizational skills to further the efforts of this club. Once a prospective customer was “browsing” in the barn and asked if we got paid for our services. Tony’s response;
“We do get compensated for volunteering. We just don't get paid money."
To Tony’s way of thinking his community service, outwardly demonstrated by his time spent at the barn, contributed to the quality of life to all whom were touched by Rotary in some way. In the true spirit of Rotary Tony got as much from his endeavors as the recipient of Rotary’s largesse.
Tony never waited for someone else to step forward and he had an uncanny knack of letting his actions spur on others to attain the greater good. He knew how to bring people up – not down.
One of Tony’s most visible achievements is the Annual Rotary Charity Golf Tournament. In 1987-1988 then President Bob Costello and Vice President John Finamore were faced with the decline in revenues due to the loss of the Auction and the sale of the Rotary Barn on Elmwood Avenue. After a few semi-productive attempts at alternate fund raising Bob and John hatched the idea of a Golf Tournament. Since neither were golfers they sought the assistance of some of the more ardent golfers in the club, Tony, Lou Gentile, John Lane, Harry Chefalo and others. The members met at Tony’s office and discussed the tournament. They developed a strategy and Tony volunteered to sponsor the tournament at the Winchester Country Club. Tony enlisted other Rotary club members who also belonged to the WCC to endorse the tournament and lend their support and influence. Tony shepherded the concept through the discussions with the WCC board and presented a convincing argument to allow the Rotary Club access to this premier venue. The first tournament was held on April 24th 1989. We are now about to promote our 24th Charity Golf Tournament. Tony’s efforts were a major factor in establishing the Rotary Club of Winchester Charity Golf Tournament.
Tony’s accomplishments as a Rotarian are now part of this club’s history.
He was a good and faithful Rotarian.
My sincere wish is that Tina and the Triglione family are comforted by the fact that we as Winchester Rotarians will continue to honor Tony’s life and legacy by following the example of high moral and ethical standards he set for fulfilling our motto “Service Above Self”. Rotarian Anthony “Tony” Triglione will be missed but never forgotten.