In memoriam: Anthony Reale, Jr / Reale Construction Company

In memoriam: Anthony Reale, Jr / Reale Construction Company

We are saddened to inform you of the passing of Anthony Reale, Jr. of Reale Construction Company. A long standing member of the AGC NYS. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and many friends.

June 11, 1928 – Nov. 18, 2018 – Anthony P. (Tony) Reale Jr., 90, passed away Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, at his home on Black Point Road. He was born inMiddletown on June 11, 1928, the son of Antonio P. Reale Sr. and Antonietta Maria (Monforte) Reale.

He grew up in Ticonderoga and graduated from Ticonderoga High School in 1945. Following a stint in the United States Army from 1945 to 1947, which included a duty tour in post-war Italy, Tony graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

Tony founded the Reale Construction Company in Ticonderoga, serving as the company’s president from 1956 until his death, a company which has completed many notable road and bridge projects throughout the North Country.    

A pillar of the Ticonderoga community, Tony served on the Ticonderoga School Board during the 1960s, on the Clinton/Essex BOCES Board for 15 years during the 1960s and 1970s, including a term as president. He also served on boards for Moses Ludington Hospital, the Ticonderoga Community Building, and the Ticonderoga Historical Society. He was a long-time member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the American Legion, and the Knights of Columbus.    Tony’s leadership through his vocation helped spearhead the construction of the town’s two Little League fields near the La Chute River, the nature trail behind Ticonderoga Middle School, and the renovations of Carillion Park and historic Frazier Bridge. In 1998, Gov. George E. Pataki appointed him to the Lake George Park Commission, where he served on the Board of Commissioners for eight years following his confirmation by the State Senate. He enjoyed world travel throughout his life, especially to his parents’ homeland of Italy. Tony was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Theodore.

He is survived by Wilburta (Sebecke) Reale, his wife of 63 years; his sister-in-law, Nancy (Miller) Reale of Ticonderoga; seven children, 15 grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters. His children and their families: Peter and Lynne (Rogan) Reale of Ticonderoga; Mary Jo Reale and Michael Turner of South Burlington, Vt., and their children, Jordan and Nicole; Nancy Reale Ryan and John Ryan of Havertown, Pa.; Kathleen Reale Pranchak and Jeffrey Pranchak of Cascade, Colo., and their sons, Nicholas and William; Jane Reale and Gordon Duckett of Pensacola, Fla.; John and Carrie (Nephew) Reale of Ticonderoga and their children, Cassandra and John II; and James and Amy (Johnson) Reale of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and their children, Elijah, Anthony III, and Zoee. Adult grandchildren and their families: Thomas and Grace (Wiley) Reale of Troy and their daughters, Mackenzie and Fiammetta; Michael Reale and Stephanie Watts of Barre, Vt.; Alexandra Reale of Selkirk; Emily (Ryan) and Sean Kennedy of Boothwyn, Pa.; Matthew and Annette (O’Malley) Ryan of Philadelphia; and Caroline Ryan of Havertown, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Tony’s memory may be made to St. Mary’s School, 64 Amherst Avenue, Ticonderoga, NY 12883, or to Friends Comforting Friends, 25 Steamboat Landing, Ticonderoga.

Funeral arrangements are being made through Wilcox and Regan Funeral Home, 11 Algonkin Street, Ticonderoga. Public calling hours will be on Friday, November 23, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial in celebration of Tony’s life will take place on Saturday, November 24, at 10:30 a.m., St. Mary’s Church, Ticonderoga, Rev. William G. Muench presiding. Rite of Committal will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ticonderoga.

To offer online condolences, please visit www.wilcoxandreganfuneralhome.com  

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