Anthony (Tony) De Biase - May 26, 1913-November 1, 2012
Anthony De Biase, age 99, of Calabash, NC, passed away
at Autumn Care of Shallotte on November 1, 2012. He is
survived by Anne, his wife of nearly 72 years, his
daughter Susan and son-in-law Daniel O'Reilly, his
grandchildren, Michael (Mika) Lemire, Cheryl (Daniel)
Nakagawa, James (Yvonne) O'Reilly, Patricia (Alan)
Wilson, Daniel O'Reilly, and 11 great-grandchildren.
Tony was born in Itri,
Italy, the son of Assunta and Paulo De Biase. He was
predeceased by sisters Antoinietta and Josephine.
His family emigrated to the U. S. in 1920, thru Ellis
Island, settling on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
Despite not knowing the native language, Tony soon
excelled in public schools and eventually gaining
entrance to the prestigious Cooper Union, a privately
funded college located at Cooper Square and Astor Place
right in his neighborhood. Attending on full
scholarship, he graduated in 1934, at the height of the
depression, with a degree in Civil Engineering. He
eventually found work surveying for the WPA who were
planning and constructing city improvement like the
Henry Hudson Parkway and the Conservatory Gardens in
In 1938 he was hired by
the NYC Tunnel Authority to work on the construction of
the Queens Midtown Tunnel. In 1940 he became an
Engineering Inspector for the NYC Board of Water Supply
working on the construction of the Delaware Aqueduct.
After World War II broke out, Tony was commissioned as
Ensign in the Civil Engineer Corps of the U.S. Navy and
sent to Pearl Harbor in 1944 to operate a major depot,
sending out equipment for the Sea Bee construction
battalions in the Pacific.
After the war he was
employed by a firm which was engaged in the design of
various highway projects in N. Y. and N. J. involving
topographical surveys of the Palisades Interstate
Parkway from the George Washington Bridge to the Bear
The last 25 years of his
working life was spent at the Port Authority of N.Y. and
N. J. working on various projects, among which were the
third Tube of the Lincoln Tunnel and the second deck
(Martha) of the George Washington Bridge. At the time of
his retirement, in 1972, he held the position of Marine
Terminals Construction Engineer, responsible for about
300 million dollars of construction budget yearly.
A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Brendan the Navigator
Catholic Church, Shallotte, on Wednesday, November 7, at
In lieu of flowers
memorials may be made to Catholic Relief Services, PO
Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21203-7039
or The VFW National Home for Children, 3573 S. Waverly
Road, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827.
On-line condolences may
be sent to
Brunswick Funeral Service, Shallotte
Published in The Sun News on November 5, 2012