Tony “Butch” Dragos 1938 - 2019
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Anthony Richard Dragos, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at the age of 80. He was the former husband and dear friend of Vinny Giambattista and Kathleen Dragos; cherished companion of Mary Putkowski; loving father of Kathi, Anthony, Donna, Rachel, and Karla; proud grandfather of Jackie, Garrett, Taylor, Natalia, Adeline, Benjamin, Elisabeth, and Emma and great-grandfather of Damian, Adriana, and Anthony, Jr.
He was also the brother of Marcelene Schlig, Martin, Raymond, Stephen, Ricky, and Michael, and the late Richard Dragos and is further survived by sons-in-law Michael Polifrone and Olivier Alipui, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Tony will be fondly remembered by family and friends as a loving and spontaneous father, generous and loyal friend, tireless entrepreneur, and avid food connoisseur.
To his children and their friends, Tony was the fun dad always up for an adventure, be it to the Jersey shore to go crabbing or to NYC for shopping and dim sum. He could always be counted on to rescue us from any situation, guiding us with confident humor instead of anger.
He spent many a holiday at Washington Park Tavern, keeping company with friends who had nowhere to go. The Tavern was also a means for local fundraising, most notably the annual Christmas fundraiser to benefit farm children in New York State. In 2012, he received the Business Man of the Year award from the Nutley Jaycees for his generosity and service to the community.
In more recent years, the times he cherished most were his weekly lunches with his brothers. He would recount these experiences in delicious detail, leaving us quietly hoping for an invite to the next one.
In part due to his quick wit and easy smile, Tony was liked by all who knew him. He could be stubborn and headstrong, and routinely defied his doctors' orders (and predictions!).
The funeral will be Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. from the S.W. Brown & Son Funeral Home 267 Centre St., Nutley.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Church in Nutley at 9:30 a.m.
The interment will follow at Glendale Cemetery in Bloomfield.
Visitors will be received at the funeral home on Friday from 4-8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Nutley Rotary Christmas Fund for Farm Children, c/o Bob Peters, 97 Mayer Drive, Clifton, NJ 07012 would be preferred.