In Loving Memory of
Anthony V. Fernicola
Anthony V. Fernicola, 64, went to be with his Lord and Savior at 5:33 am Wednesday, March 2, 2016. He was surrounded by his loving wife and two daughters.
Over the past 7 years Anthony fought a courageous battle against stage 4 kidney cancer. He endured many challenges and beat many odds along the way. He never surrendered and always remained strong and positive until the very end.
Anthony was born to an Italian/Irish Catholic family in Wayne, NJ on April 30, 1951. After graduating high school, he moved to Corpus Christi, TX to attend college. While there, he met his future wife, Onelia. In 1972 they married and welcomed their first daughter, Melanie, in 1975 followed by their second daughter, Lori, three years later. He lovingly referred to his daughters as his "big and little princesses" when they were young and often used other nicknames as they got older (Dr. Mel, Mel head, Auntie Mel, Lorreen, Momma Lori) and jokingly referred to his wife as (Sookie, Nel the pill and Granny).
He had a strong work ethic and was a devoted employee with the City of Corpus Christi for the last 30 years. Work became a second family to him. He often spoke highly of his co-workers and vendors and enjoyed spending time with them. He served in several positions with the most recent being a supervisor of the warehouse department since 2002.
Anthony was a sports fanatic and had a great passion for collecting memorabilia. His favorite team was the NY Yankees. He lived and breathed baseball. He could spend hours talking about sports and watching games.
He was so excited when he learned he was going to become a grandfather. He was overjoyed with the arrival of his first grandchild, Jaxon Oliver, his "Little Yankee Slugger", who was born on February 9, 2015. Jaxon was the apple of his eye. He had many hopes and dreams of watching him grow up and taking him to baseball games.
Anthony was a social, jolly, fun, loving man with a great sense of humor who never met a stranger. He could strike up a conversation with anyone. He was a devout Catholic and faithfully attended mass weekly and also volunteered his time ushering.
He leaves us with a lifetime of fond memories. His love and devotion for his family and Christ was unwavering even through his own personal battle. His will to live and not leave us drove his determination to fight until the very end. Anthony's battle against this horrific disease was nothing short of heroic.
"He definitely was not called out on strikes...he went down swinging" - Tracey Handley
Anthony is preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Thelma Fernicola. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Onelia, daughters, Melanie and Lori (Corey Etter), his grandson, Jaxon Oliver, his siblings in NJ - Sharon LaScola, Gray, Alan and Bobby and numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews both in Texas and on the east coast.
Visitation will be held at Seaside Funeral Home on Monday, March 7, from 6-9 pm with a rosary at 7 pm. A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, March 8, at 10 am at St Patrick Catholic Church with burial to follow at Seaside Memorial Park.
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