FRAMINGHAM – Anthony “Tony” Porretta, 87, died Friday, December 22, 2017 at Mary Ann Morse Nursing Home in Natick.
Family and friends knew him as a funny, joyful, warm and beloved person and musician.
To say Tony loved music is an understatement. Music was his passion. He always traveled with his saxophone and clarinet, ready to play and now he has joined the many “greats” playing in the biggest of bands with the Greatest Conductor.
Born in Natick, he was the son of the late Enrico and Jennie (Moretti) Porretta.
During the Korean War, he honorably served in the U.S. Army.
He worked for 40 years at Dennison Mfg. Co. in Framingham.
In 1953, he started the Anthony Porretta Band. He played the alto and tenor saxophone and clarinet, entertaining hundreds at many venues in the Framingham area such as the Maridor, Beacon Terrace and Monticello. He also played in the Al Palanzi Band.
In his later years, he played with the Tune Timers, entertaining many at the Holliston Senior Center.
Tony wrote an Italian song that he loved to play and in the past few weeks, his friends visited Tony and played and sang his song to him. Tony lit up and sang along with them.
He would often be seen with groups of friends at McDonald’s and Dunkin Donuts and as a member of the Christopher Columbus Club, enjoyed many outings and functions.
Tony is survived by his loving twin sister, Angelina Ferrini of Framingham and his devoted brother, Rocco and wife Carlene Porretta of Framingham. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and great grand nephews.
He was the brother of the late Anna Bowen, Mary Skowron, Albert Porretta and Guiseppe “Joe” Porretta.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his funeral on Friday, December 29 at 10 a.m. from the Norton Funeral Home in Framingham, followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m.at St. Tarcisius Church, 562 Waverly St. in Framingham.
Burial will follow at St. Tarcisius Cemetery in Framingham.
Visiting hours at the funeral home will be Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Expressions of sympathy in Tony’s memory may be made to the Holliston Senior Center or the charity of one’s choice.