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Antonio Tony Loiacono
(1933 - 2010)

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General Details

Name: Mr Antonio Tony Loiacono
Gender: Male
Age: 76 years old
Lived: Friday, 1 December 1933 - Tuesday, 30 November 2010

My Story

Written by daughter, Frances.

My dad Antonio Loiacono was born on the 1st December 1933 to Giuseppe Loiacono and Francesca Arceri, in a small village in southern Italy, called Bellantone, which belongs to the municipality of Laureana di Borrello in the province of Reggio Calabria.

He was one of 9 children.  His siblings were Francesco (dec), Concetta (dec), Caterina (dec), Pasquale (dec), Angela, Giuseppe (dec), Geralda and Carmela.

As was the norm in those days, he completed three years of schooling and then assisted his father on their farm.  There were many stories about the brothers getting into trouble from their father because of their mischievous ways. The boys would run away into the corn fields, when they knew their father was angry with them, thereby destroying the precious crops. I have a wonderful memory of my dad and his brother recounting this story to us so many years later and watching them laugh so hard they had tears in their eyes.

In July 1951, not quite 18 years old, he left Italy on his own to travel to Australia and join his brother Pasquale in search of a better life.  He arrived in Melbourne on 8th August 1951 on the Hellenic Prince which was a decommissioned Greek Warship.

He lived with Pasquale in Brunswick and had a few different jobs; one was at Cadbury’s Chocolate factory in Fitzroy, before he got an apprenticeship as a greengrocer in Yarraville.  He was employed by the Barbuto family.  Dad moved in with the family and became regarded as a family member, not just an employee.  Dad learnt the trade and seven years later he operated the fruit shop in Spotswood with his brother Pasquale.  Two years later the brothers bought “The Fruit Palace” in South Kingsville.  Eventually Pasquale managed the Spotswood and Dad remained in South Kingsville from 1960 until he retired in November 1997, 37 years and was a common sight either at the shop or while making deliveries in his 1960 red Dodge truck. 

It became quite a family affair with the whole family working in the business. He was quite proud of introducing the new concept in the late 1970’s, self service.  He had four  t-shirts printed for the family to wear. “Shop the modern way” was emblazoned on the front and on the back “Pick your own and save”.

On 23rd November, 1963, after a three month courtship, he married Concettina. They settled in Spotswood.

They were married for 47 years and it saddens me that on their 47th wedding anniversary dad was no longer well enough to stay at home and was transferred to palliative care.

On 8th December 1964, I was born, followed by a son, Joe on 9th August 1966. On 17th November 1988 he became a grandfather for the first time, a little boy called Daniel. Three years later, Justin was welcomed into the family. In 1996, his only granddaughter, Connie was born and on Australia day in 2000 his namesake, little Anthony Loiacono came into the world.   He loved his grandchildren dearly, and they all loved him. Dad and Mum spent a lot of time with the grandchildren, and when Dad retired they would often take them to “the Warmies” in Williamstown, spending hours and hours fishing.  The grandchildren have fond memories of walking and exploring the Williamstown area on warm summer days. He loved playing cards, enjoyed watching AFL football and keenly followed horse racing. Many Saturday nights we could be found at Moonee Valley Racecourse, with our relatives. He also enjoyed the pokies and had a great passion for gardening and keeping his house looking immaculate. 

On 25th August 2005 he was diagnosed with lung cancer.  He battled with this insidious disease for over five years.  He had such a positive attitude even though he had so many setbacks. My brother and I are extremely proud of our mum who was always by dads’ side, and devoted herself to caring for him.

On 30th November, 2010 at 2.03am, with his loving family beside him, he took his last breath. We will miss him. Our lives will never be the same, we all have wonderful memories that we will hold close to our heart forever.

Rest in Peace Dad, we pray for you and will never forget you. I will keep the promise I made to you that I wil look after mum. 

We hope we will all one day be reunited and be happy once more. 


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Dad, four years today you left us. We are all still missing you and feeling the heartache of you not being here. Life...
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Thinking of you always Dad. Love you and miss you. xo. Christmas 2012.
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You are always in my heart & thoughts, happy birthday. Love you Dad. xo.
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Two years have passed. We all miss you terribly. Looking after mum as I promised you. I love you Dad. XO.
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Biography

Fathers Name: Giuseppe Loiacono
Mothers Name: Francesca Arceri
Spouse's Name: Concetta
Children's Names: Frances & Joe
Country of Birth: Italy
Country of Residence: Australia
City of Residence: Yarraville
Marital Status: Married
Religion: Catholic

Interests

Favourite Sport: Football
Favourite Team: North Melbourne AFL
Favourite Movie: Somebody up there likes me - Paul Newman 1956

Passing

Place of Passing: Werribee Mercy Hospital
Date of Passing: 30 November 2010
Cause of Passing: Lung Cancer
Place of Burial: Keilor Musoleum
Funeral Location: St Margaret Marys' Spotswood
Funeral Date: 3 December 2010

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