Tony Bevacqua, 74, passed away Tuesday morning, 4/15/14, in Portland, Ore., at Providence Hospital.
Born Anthony Joseph Bevacqua on 7/16/39 in Jersey City, N.J., Tony attended Red Bank Catholic H.S., and graduated from Middletown H.S. in 1958.
Tony joined the Navy in 1958 and served on nuclear submarines. He moved his family to Whittier, Calif., in 1970, and retired from Sterling Transit after working in the trucking industry for 25 years. Upon retirement in 1990, Tony and his wife, Myrna, moved to Rathdrum, Idaho, where he successfully owned and operated multiple businesses.
Tony coached Little League, high school, and college baseball. "Coach B" was instrumental in the development of many young men. Tony not only coached and taught baseball skills, but he taught lessons in life as well. Multiple players went on to play in college and professionally.
Tony loved his family, the Boston Red Sox, olive oil, cooking, and gardening.
Tony is survived by his wife of 53 years, Myrna, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; daughter, Beth Greely, Colo., sons: Tony (Shannon), Spokane, Wash., Matt (Haley), Portland, Ore., and Alfred (Colleen), Rathdrum, Idaho; grandchildren: Michael, Neal, Mitchell, Barrett, Brooklyn, Nathan, and Joshua; great grandson, Alexander; brother, Alfred (Marie) Bevacqua, and sisters: Rosemary Mazzeo and Marie (Jim) Grosso.
A Celebration of Tony's life will be held from 2-5 p.m., Saturday, 4/19/14, at the American Legion located at 1138 E. Poleline, Post Falls, Idaho. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to either: The Wounded Warrior Fund, or, Providence Portland Medical Foundation, Oncology Fund, in Memory of Tony Bevacqua, 4805 NE Glisan St., Portland, OR 97213.