A beloved Burlington man who gave a lot of his time and energy to the community over the years and is credited with having a pivotal role in making the Burlington Ice Palace what it is today has passed away.
Anthony Vincent DeSimone, a retired Federal Contract Specialist, passed away after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease and cancer on Monday night, January 3, 2022, his obituary from Sullivan Funeral Homes says. He was 76 years old.
Tony was born in Somerville. He was the son of Rose and Henry John DeSimone. He grew up in Watertown and was a 1962 graduate of Watertown High School. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in Business Finance at Boston College.
“Those years spent at Boston College helped shape the man he would become,” his obituary reads. “He earned a degree that would support his family and learned values and faith that would guide him in life.”
After graduating from Boston College, he fulfilled his military requirement serving two years in the Army during the Vietnam War. He held the rank of SP5 and spent most of his time at Fort Dix, New Jersey as part of Company A. SP Troops US Army TC Infantry.
After returning from his military service, Tony went to work as a bank examiner for the federal government. He then took a position as a Government Contract Specialist where he spent 30 years negotiating defense contracts with one of the Federal Government’s bigger defense contractors, Raytheon.
Tony was a huge sports enthusiast. He had season tickets for the Boston Bruins for 20 years and was a longtime Boston College season ticket holder as well. When his children were growing up, he coached a variety of sports including hockey, baseball, softball, and soccer. He served on the Board of Directors for the Burlington Hockey and Figure Skating Association for 6 years and served as the President for many years. When the Burlington Ice Palace was up for sale, he used his negotiation and business skills to help convince the Burlington Selectmen and town meeting members to have the town purchase the rink. Once the deal was done, he then acted as the manager of the rink for the first years to help get the financials in order, repair and upgrade the facility, and provide more access to the skating rink to youth sports and the residents of Burlington. He and other board members were able to improve the facility and make it financially self-sustaining.
He was recognized for his hard work and commitment to Burlington sports by being inducted into the Burlington Hall of Fame as a Benefactor in 2018. In his later years he enjoyed his grandchildren’s activities and events, reading, traveling, and keeping up with his favorite sports teams which included the Boston College Eagles, Boston Bruins, and Boston Red Sox.
“Tony was a man who always seemed to understand the big picture of the world around him,” his obituary reads. “His life revolved around his family, faith and community. His children saw every day how to live an honorable life. Tony was far ahead of his time when it came to being fair, loyal, and especially nonjudgmental. He saw the good and potential in everyone and gave his children values and expectations to strive for and a guide to be successful as an individual, as a parent, in business, and as a community member.”