Antonio Tony Iaconiello

  • Born: June 28, 1934
  • Died: February 4, 2018
  • Location: Waterford, Connecticut

Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home

12 Ocean Avenue
New London, CT 06320
Tel. (860) 443-1871

Tribute & Message From The Family

Antonio Iaconiello, 83, of Waterford Connecticut, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, February 4, 2018, surrounded by his family. He leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Rachel (Bolduc) Iaconiello. Tony was born June 28, 1934 in Forenza, Italy. He was the son of the late Giovanni and Arcangela Iaconiello, and has been a resident of Waterford, Connecticut for 17 years. Besides his wife he leaves his daughter, Debra Delorimiere and her husband Joseph of Salem, his son, Antonio, and his wife Suzanne of Oakdale, and his two cherished grandchildren, Nicholas Iaconiello and Gabrielle Iaconiello. He also leaves his sisters, Antonietta Celli of Plymouth, and Carolina Miano (John) of Rocky Hill, and is predeceased by two sisters, Maria Scaraville and Adelina Bevilaqua, and his two brothers-in-law, Salvatore Scaraville and Mario Celli. He also leaves numerous nieces and nephews, and his little buddy Nelli, and granddog, Jackie (aka Blue Tongue). Tony was employed by Dufford Drilling in Glastonbury as a water well driller. In 1964, he went into business for himself as the owner/operator of Tony’s Well Drilling. With a love for fishing and golf, he retired to Waterford in 2002 and turned over the business to the capable hands of his son. Tony took on a passion for playing golf later in life, taught himself how to play, and excelled at it. He also enjoyed fishing at Mago Point with his family and friends, and working in his garden and garage. Tony was a devoted husband and father who spent his time working and living so his wife and children could have a good and secure life. He was fiercely loyal to his family, lighting up with a big smile whenever he saw or heard from them. He loved his country and would gravitate to anything with the United States Flag on it. Tony had a love for life that taught us all to be strong and keep fighting. The family will receive relatives and friends on Saturday February 10, 2018 from 11 to 1 at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home 48 Grand Street Niantic, followed by a celebration of Tony’s life at 1 O’clock. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Hospice of Southeastern, CT or Visiting Nurses of Southeastern CT. The Iaconiello family would like to thank the help of the VNA, Hospice, and our neighbors who watched over us.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I loved you so much, you always warmed my heart every time I saw you. You had so much love in your heart for family. You are now with Mom and that makes me happy. I look at you and still see my beautiful mom.

Thank you Uncle Tony, for being part of our lives.
you will never be forgotten and will forever remain in our hearts.

When I came to visit you last week , you layed in bed, opened your eyes and kept repeating the words, I am ok, I am ok!

Then you squeezed my hand to let me know you were ready to join god , join my mother and all the other Angels in Heaven .

Love you forever , I am glad we got to share that ice cream cone together, you still managed to tell me stories with that million dollar movie star smile and grin.

Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there, I do not sleep. Do not stand at my grave and cry. I am not there I did not die. You will live on in my memory forever. Love you Uncle Tony.

Posted by Gina Kolb - Amston, CT   February 09, 2018

I'm so sorry for your loss.
Even though we haven't seen each other in years, I've always considered you as a family friend. You and your family are the first family friends I remember at a very young age.
I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Gloria Madore Chrzanowski
Windsor CT

Posted by Gloria Chrzanowski - Windsor, CT   February 07, 2018

"Big Tony" as I knew him had a huge heart. I remember him taking his son Tony and I fishing one opening day in Bozrah. Another fond memory I have of him is going with the family to pick him up at the airport after a trip to Italy. Tony bought me a gold and coral bracelet which I still have to this day. Dinner out at 354 or Peter's Restaurant with the Iaconiello's was always a treat. You will be missed Tony.

Posted by Katrina Mundell - Niantic, CT - Family Friend   February 06, 2018