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Anthony C. Georgiana, former Cape coach

Cape Gazette of Lewes, Delaware

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Anthony C. "Tony" Georgiana, 93, of Newark, went home to the Lord Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014.

He was born in Altoona, Pa., March 31, 1921, the son of the late Vincent and Joan Georgiana.

Tony graduated from Altoona High School in 1939 where he played football and baseball. He received an athletic scholarship to Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C., where his football team played in the first ever Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Fla. His time at Catawba was interrupted in 1943 when he was called to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II. Upon his honorable discharge in 1945, he returned to campus and graduated in 1947.

After graduation, Tony began his teaching and coaching career in Lewes. He then moved to Newark, where he taught physical education at Colwick Elementary and eventually driver's education at McKean High School.

Tony received some special honors throughout his life, including induction into the Catawba College Football Hall of Fame and the Blair County Sports Hall of Fame in Pennsylvania. The Legends Stadium at Cape Henlopen High School was dedicated to four coaches, including Tony.

In his free time, Tony enjoyed playing golf and gardening but especially cherished the time he spent with his family, friends and former students and players from his teaching and coaching days. Tony is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 71 years, Eleanor (Mentzer) Georgiana; his two daughters, Ann M. Georgiana and Patricia Boecken-stedt (Scott); his two grandsons, Alexander and Daniel Boeck-enstedt; and his three sisters, Josephine Schachtner, Theresa Malone and Joan Luciano (Guy). In addition to his parents, Tony was preceded in death by three brothers and five sisters.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, Dec. 29, at St. John the Beloved Church, 907 Milltown Road, Wilmington. Burial will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to St. John the Beloved at the address above or to a charity of your choice in remembrance

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Original Publication Date: December 30, 2014

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