Palm Bay, FL — Lt. Col. Anthony D. Tassinari, U.S. Army Retired, 69, of Palm Bay, Fla., passed away on Friday, June 14. Anthony was born in Salem, Mass., on August 4, 1943, to the late Anthony D. and Elizabeth (Burkinshaw) Tassinari.
Lt. Col. Tassinari was a graduate of Amesbury High School, Amesbury, Mass., Class of 1961, Quincy City School of Nursing 1966, and received his bachelors of science nursing degree at St. Anselm’s College, Manchester, N.H., in 1976.
Anthony was decorated, 24-year Army Officer, who served in the Vietnam War from 1967 to 1968. Stationed at Tuy Hua 91st Evac Hospital, Anthony volunteered to fly numerous missions, giving immediate medical attention to his wounded brothers and sisters in arms.
He moved to Palm Bay upon his retirement from the Army, and continued his civilian nursing career a Sea Pines and Florida State Health Department. His final job was at Fountainhead Memorial Park.
He is survived by his sons, Steven of Palm Bay, Scott of East Stroudsburg, Penn.; daughters, Shelley Collins, Alicia Gillaspie, Joyce, and Melissa, all of Palm Bay; his 17 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. Siblings include, Mary, Susann Carleton, Elizabeth, Charles, and Nina, and brother-in-law, Jim, all of Barefoot Bay, Fla.; and nieces and nephews Elizabeth Stevens, Paul and Christopher Gouin of Exeter, N.H., and Susann Desautels of Newburyport, Mass.; his best friend, Mike Krebs of Palm Bay; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Anthony was devout Catholic. He was instrumental in procuring funds for the building of Our Lady of Grace in Palm Bay, where he was a parishioner until his death. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
ARRANGEMENTS: Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church on Thursday, June 20, at 10 a.m. Friends may call at Fountainhead Funeral Home, 7359 Babcock St., Palm Bay, on Wednesday, from 5 to 7 p.m. To sign the guest book, please visit www.fountainheadfuneralhome.com.