Though he was 77, Anthony Bologna of Peters was still working for his brother's coal company and was a partner in a country-western entertainment site when he died of cancer Wednesday. He is remembered for what a great friend he was to many people.
"Anyone who met my father loved him. He was a special person. He touched many lives. ... He was just the best friend anyone could ever have" said his daughter, Vicki LoPresti of Jefferson Hills.
Mrs. LoPresti said her father "was my best friend. I spent a lot of time with my dad. We made wine together, all kinds of things. We have a family cottage in Erie that we'd spend a lot of family times in, a cottage on Kelso Beach."
Wife, Mary, said Mr. Bologna "was warm, loving, generous to a fault. He had sound advice for young people. He loved to entertain in his home."
Her husband was known for his work ethic; she said he continued to work the two months he was sick with cancer. He was the owner of Bologna Ford in Burgettstown from the 1960s until she said he "retired" it in the 1970s. At the time of his death, Mr. Bologna worked in the coal and energy industry through his brother Raymond's Bologna Coal Co. in Burgettstown. He also was a partner of the Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse, an entertainment venue also in Burgettstown.
"I met a lot of people through Tony," said Gene Russo of Charleroi, a friend who met Mr. Bologna 29 years ago when he came into Washington Ford where Mr. Russo is general manager. "He sent me an awful lot of people that I never would have gotten to sell cars to if it wasn't for Tony."
He also was known as "The Wine Master" for making Italian wines he'd give away to friends.
He also cooked for his friends. Said Mr. Russo: "He made all kinds of food, and whatever it was, it was the best."
"I will dearly miss his friendship," Mr. Russo said. "I loved him. He was a great man, great to me and my family, and I'll never forget the closeness we had."
Besides his wife, his daughter and his brother Raymond of Moon, Mr. Bologna is survived by a son, Anthony Jr. of Aurora, Ohio; and two other brothers, Vincent of Colliers, W.Va., and Louis, of Akron, Ohio.
Funeral arrangements are by Beinhauer Mortuary, 2828 Washington Road, Peters, where friends are welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. today. A Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Benedict the Abbot Church, 120 Abington Drive, Peters. Private burial will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Washington Area Humane Society, P.O. Box 66, Eighty Four, PA 15330.
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