Kenvil: Anthony "Tony" Gross passed away on October 20, 2022. He was 90 years young. Tony was one of four children born to Tilly and John Gross in Minors Mills, PA on October 9, 1932. As a youth, he moved to Wharton, NJ where he lived until joining the Marine Corps. Upon completion of his military service, Tony worked at Picatinny Arsenal as a Mechanical Engineering Technician for 42 years.
Tony never really retired. After the Arsenal, he enjoyed deep sea fishing, moose hunting, traveling and continued his work as a handyman. He was recognized for his service to the American Legion Post 245 with Life Membership in 1976. He volunteered his service to Post 245 for over 60 years. During that time, he became a pillar in the Jefferson community, actively supporting the Boy Scouts, Memorial and Veterans Day services as well as catering countless events for the community. He was well known for his Fish Fries and Venison dinners, but it was his work as a Veteran Service Officer that he was most proud. Jefferson honored him with a “Tony Gross” day in 2018.
In addition to his work at the Legion, Tony’s proudest legacy is his 4 grandchildren: Kathryn Shiffer, Alexandria Wilson, Kyle Beasley and Wayde Beasley. He dreamed of moving to Utah for retirement, but chose to stay local so he could be actively involved in their lives. They were a delight to him and he was a legend to them.
He is predeceased by his parents and two sisters Dorothy Bruno and Eleanor Reeder. Tony is survived by his wife of 62 years Rose Marie, his daughters Kim Wilson and husband Dave and Beth Beasley and husband Drew Mazujian, 4 grandchildren, his brother Carl Gross and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be on Monday October 24 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Bermingham Funeral Home, 216 S. Main St., Wharton, NJ.
Funeral service will also be at Bermingham Funeral Home on October 25 at 10:30am.
Burial will be immediately following at Locust Hill Cemetery in Dover, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, to continue Tony’s service to the community, the family requests memorial donations to either the American Legion Post 245 Rebuild Fund at P.O. Box 187, Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849 or the Tunnel to Towers Foundation at www.t2t.org.
American Legion Post 245 Rebuild Fund
PO Box 187, Lake Hopatcong NJ 07849
Tunnel to Towers Foundation
2361 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island NY 10306