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Anthony  E. Governale

Obituary for Anthony E. Governale

June 6, 1926 - May 7, 2019
| Age 92

Loving Husband, Father and Brother



GOVERNALE, Anthony "Tony", Aged 92, passed peacefully on May 7, 2019, 2019. A resident of Sunrise Westtown, PA and previously of North Royalton, Ohio. Predeceased by Elizabeth, his wife of 65 years.

Son of Rosario and Josephine Governale, Tony was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1926. Devoted father of Lynn Giardinelli (Robert) of West Chester, PA and Kathleen McCurdy (Michael) of Radnor, PA. Loving brother of Rose McCombs (Gerald, deceased) of Strongsville, OH and Joseph Governale (deceased) of Broadview Heights, OH. Dear uncle to two dozen nieces and nephews from all sides of the family, and friend to all who met and knew him. A gentle, kind soul and social man, he loved nothing more than to be with friends or family, and would not miss a good party. He believed in strong and life-long connections, and was blessed with friendships spanning back to his youth. He was happiest sitting on his backyard deck having a great conversation with friends, while enjoying the summer weather.

A WWII Navy veteran, he trained in aircraft ordnance and mechanics, sparking a 40-year personal passion for pistol and rifle marksmanship. During his 17 years on the Cleveland Police Department, he competed in hundreds of state and national law enforcement marksmanship competitions. Later, as a civilian competitor, in 1969 he received the coveted Distinguished Medal for Civilian Pistol Marksmanship, awarded by the US Army. Most his working career was in the corporate sector working with cities and major airports in the northeastern US to provide expanded parking facilities for that growing industry.

An avid reader, fan of classical music and a history buff, he and Betty loved to travel and treasured their many US and European trips whether for business or pleasure. In retirement, Tony studied conversational Italian, a huge asset on family visits to Sicily to reconnect with paternal relatives which was a complete thrill. His Italian Language Club members were dear to him. His tremendous recall made him a great partner for any Trivia game.

Tony believed that family comes first, and a life well-lived means that you worked hard, were steady and reliable for those who count on you, in possession of a generous spirit to love and encourage others, with a warm smile and a view that the world is a glass more than half full. His was full, and he will be missed.

During the summer, Tony and Betty will be interred at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery (where his friends are, of course!).

Please consider a memorial gift to: Cleveland Police Museum, 1300 Ontario Street, Cleveland OH 44113; or, Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517.

Friends and Family may call at the BUSCH FUNERAL HOME, 7501 RIDGE ROAD PARMA, OHIO, from 3-4:30 pm on Sunday, July 14, 2019. Memorial Service to follow at 4:30 pm on Sunday.

Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date. Please check back.

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