Anthony N. Sacco, Jr., passed away on November 9, 2021 at the age of 92. Born in North Adams, MA, on Sept. 22, 1929, just 5 weeks before the start of the Great Depression, he was the eldest son of Anthony and Emily (Stratton) Sacco.
He grew up in North Adams, where he enjoyed playing many sports, including basketball, in which he excelled even though he stood only 5'5". No matter what he was doing, he always invited his younger brother Ronnie to tag along with him, despite their 6-year age difference. And he adored his younger sister Adeline.
In 1947, he graduated from Drury High School, thus becoming the first member of the Sacco family to graduate. He then entered Siena College in Loudonville, NY, and graduated from there on June 1, 1952, with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. During his senior year, he was elected President of the Siena Business Society and was inducted into Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities.
Immediately after graduating he worked for the New England Power Company before being inducted into the Army on November 19, 1952. After 16 weeks of basic training at Fort Dix, NJ, he was chosen to attend Infantry Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant and received an honorable discharge in 1954.
In the Fall of 1954, he enrolled in the Master's Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and received his Master's Degree in Business Administration in 1955. Upon graduating from that program, he was employed as an accountant at the Shawinigan Resins Corporation.
He married the former Phyllis Damiano, also of North Adams (they lived on the same street) on October 1, 1955. After a honeymoon on Cape Cod, they settled in Springfield, MA and lived there until the construction and expansion of Rt. 291 forced them out of their neighborhood. They moved across the river to West Springfield in 1961.
In the early 1960's, Mr. Sacco joined Monsanto as a chemical salesperson. He enjoyed being in sales and made hundreds of contacts all over New England, which served him well as he moved on to work for several other smaller companies, including Axton-Cross and Astro Chemical. In the 1970's he joined Hampden Color & Chemical, starting in sales, moving up to Sales Manager, then becoming Vice President of Sales in 1977. Later he would become General Manager of the company. He was a member of the Sales and Marketing Executives of Western Mass. Later in his career he joined Hubbard-Hall, where he again led the sales force.
An avid golfer (he was an 8 handicap), he joined the Springfield Country Club in 1969 and continued his membership for 48 years. He enjoyed socializing at the Club as much as the golf itself. He loved the beaches of Cape Cod and of course the many golf courses there. He was an avid Boston sports fan and particularly loved his Boston Celtics.
Besides his wife Phyllis, of 66 years, he leaves his brother Ron and wife Carolyn of Florida, his sister Adeline of Maryland, son Anthony of Bow, NH, daughter Mary and husband Mark of West Springfield, and sons Joseph and Michael, also of West Springfield. He also leaves many nieces, nephews and grandchildren. There will be a Funeral Mass at 10 AM Wednesday (11/17) at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in West Springfield. The Committal Service with Military Honors will follow at St. Thomas Cemetery. Toomey-O’Brien Funeral Home has been entrusted with all arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations in Anthony’s memory can be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284.