Peabody — Anthony “Tony” Mallia, 85, of Peabody, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 24, surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness. He was the husband of Grace (Peters) Mallia, with whom he shared over 61 years of marriage.
Born in Middlebury, Vt., he was the son of the late Anthony and Jeannette (Gugliotta) Mallia. He was a lifelong resident of Peabody and a graduate of Peabody High School.
A veteran of WWII, Tony served with the U.S. Army during the Occupation of Japan, before he was honorably discharged in August of 1947.
After the war, Tony and his brother, John, operated Mallia Brother’s service station until his retirement. He continued working during his retirement, helping his son, Michael, operating Mallia’s Towing.
Tony loved life to the fullest and especially loved spending time with his family. He owned several race horses in his younger years, and later, he enjoyed his trips to Atlantic City. He loved talking with everyone each and every day, while spending his day at the gas station with his son, Michael, which was very endearing to him.
Besides his loving wife, Tony is survived by his loving children, Michael and his wife, Mary Beth, Darlene Harding and her husband, Wayne, and Cheryl Funchion and her husband, Peter; his grandchildren, Mark Funchion and his wife, Caroline, Peter Funchion Jr., Anthony Mallia and his wife, Barbara, Sean, Mallia, Ashley Mallia, Courtney Mallia, Nicole Harding, Jason Harding and his wife, Katie, and John Harding and his wife, Christine; his great-grandchildren, Charlie and Benjamin Funchion, Faith, Gwen, Jacob, and Benjamin Harding; his siblings, Larry Mallia, Carmen Wesala, Georgia Southwick, Mary Cena, and Lucy O’Brien; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings, John, Sam, George, and Joe Mallia, and Marguarette Cullen.
ARRANGEMENTS: His Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, at 10 a.m., at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 20 Church Street, Peabody, followed by his Funeral Mass at 11 a.m., at St. John’s Church, Peabody, to which relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, from 5 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Peabody. For directions and obituary, please visit www.ccbfuneral.com.