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Anthony Pante


Anthony R. Pante, 79 of Towaco, NJ, died Thursday, March 16, 2017. He had lived in Wayne for fifteen years before moving to Towaco in 1995.

Tony enjoyed an illustrious career with State Farm Insurance Co. that lasted more than fifty years. He started with the company after college where he trained at the Pennsylvania Regional Office and then was transferred to the new Wayne Regional Office and began is journey when the new corporate offices opened on Rt. 23. He later had his own State Farm agency in the Packanack Shopping Center on Rt. 23.

Tony met his wife Marie (nee DeCaro) in 1978 at that very same State Farm office which later became his own. They married on July 4, 1981. They settled in Wayne to raise their family. Tony was a devoted father who made it to every activity the kids were involved in. He was a big sports fan and enjoyed endless seasons tailgating at GIANTS games for many years. It was a true joy for him to take his friends and family to those games. Tony and Marie cherished their time together at their home in Manchester Vermont. Tony was always such a generous and sentimental man. At Christmas time, he loved to put on his Santa hat and have every grandchild sit on his lap for a photo with Pop-Pop Tony. Tony and Marie had many wonderful vacations, including several memorable trips to Italy and too many of the magnificent beaches that the Caribbean had to offer. They were truly blessed to have enjoyed thirty six years of loving marriage together, and Marie will miss him dearly.

Tony’s grandchildren were so very precious to him. He made a point of going to as many of their special events as he could, and he also spoiled them with loving gifts. They will all miss him dearly, but his love will always be evident whenever they think of him.

Tony is survived by his devoted wife Marie of Towaco, NJ, by his four children; Christine Scher and her husband Greg of Madison, NJ, Steven Pante and his wife Marjory of Manalapan, NJ, Rick DeLisi and his wife Daniela of Flanders, NJ, and Laura Palumbo and her husband Richard of Basking Ridge, NJ, ten wonderful grandchildren, as well as his brother; Dennis Pante and his wife Helen of Flanders, NJ.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Monday, March 20, 2017 from 4-8 PM.

Funeral Services will be held at 9:30 AM on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at St. Mary’s RC Church, Pompton Lakes, NJ where a Funeral Mass will be offered.

In lieu of flowers donations in Tony’s memory would be appreciated to the St. Francis Breadline, 144 West 32nd St, New York, NY 10001 or visit


Guest Book


Dennis is truly very sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace...

Diane Bernardi


I remember Tony from when I was a young. He and my Dad were tight friends and always enjoyed each others company. Tony was a man of integrity, caring, loving, loyal with the best sense of humor I have ever known! What a quick wit he had. He will be missed!

Cathleen Phillips


Wow I just can not express how SAD I feel right now. What a gentleman, father, grandfather, husband, mentor and colleague. An angel of man on earth, now haven has a new angel, and his name is Tony. Tony was always been there when I needed him he loved his famliy he loved the Farm. He forever will be a big part of my life I will always miss him I will always be gratefull for all he has done for my famliy. God bless R.I.P my friend all my love John

John Romero


My heart is broken today. Tony was a mentor to so many people. He listened, gave advice and helped everyone in the business. He knew how to make you laugh when you needed to at all the right times. May you rest in peace, my friend.

Teri DiGrande


My sincere sympathy to Marie and the family. Very nice man who will be missed by all.

Chris Tighe


Tony truly was a funny man and no one could tell a joke like him. RIP our friend

Dennis & Marion Whitney


I was so saddened to see this. Tony was always supportive of me and my career as an agent and later as a manager. Many others in the farm can make the same claim. We shared a lot of laughs; he was always the life of the party. Friend, advisor, raconteur extraordinaire, and an incurable optimist, even in tough times. Tony, we will all miss you terribly. And Marie, Steve and family, our hearts go out to you.

Karen Sauter


Tony introduced me to State Farm when he gave me the opportunity to become an agent in 1991. He was more than my manager, he was a mentor who was always available when I needed him and he will be sorely missed. My heartfelt condolences to Marie, Steve and the family.

Douglas Graham


To show how much Tony meant to us, he was our Best Man at our wedding. We will miss him terribly. Saty strong, Marie. We are here for you.Montecchio

Tom & Eileen Emmerich


Leo and I are deeply saddened to hear of Tony's passing. He WAS State Farm in the Northeast for many, many years. A great friend and mentor for all of us. Out thoughts and prayers are with Marie and his family at this time.

Carla Temple


I’m at a loss to find the right words that if there are any. However the following which I’ve kept for years may best reflect Tony. Work like you don’t need the money Love like you’ve never been hurt Dance like nobody’s watching Sing like nobody’s listening Live like it is heaven on earth Live well Laugh often Love Much Our lives are immeasurably better and funnier because Tony shared his love of life with us.

Claude Blum


In August of 1990 my career with State Farm had begun when I was introduced to State Farm Agent Mark Smith. The man who was responsible for that introduction was the one and only Mr. Tony Pante. I thanked Tony once face to face, I always thought our paths would cross to thank him again, that never happened. So as I write this now, I say aloud, THANK YOU Tony and God Bless You. Andy C.



I am so sorry.

Robert Capalbo


Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. He will be missed.

Eric & Samantha Polovina


What a terrible shock ! Great memories came rushing in when we heard of Tony's passing. We all lost a very special friend today. Our hearts ache and our eyes get teary just reminiscing about Tony and the wonderful times we all shared. Did we mention the laughter he brought us ???? That was always a great part of Tony's life. He could find humor in anything..anywhere. He was truly one of the most loved people we have ever known... and with good reason. Marie and family, we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Bill and Meg Phillips


We are deeply saddened by the loss of Tony , a true friend & mentor . He will always be remembered for the love & help he shared with all that had the privilege of knowing him . We were Blessed to have him in our lives . Our hearts & prayers go out to Marie and family at this difficult time.

Ed & Mary Ann Vannelli


To those of us who joined State Farm's Northeast region, Tony was as iconic as the emblem. His leadership, generosity, quick wit and kind spirit left all who crossed his path better off for having encountered him. For those of us fortunate enough to have called him friend, he left an indelible mark on our hearts, and our lives have been forever enriched. The heavens will surely echo with new sounds of laughter. Break a leg Tony. xx Love and sympathies to all who loved him. Mary Comito

Mary Comito


Tony was a real "stand up guy", who made everyone with whom he came in contact better for meeting and knowing him. Knowing Tony for the 50 years was a highlight of our State Farm career. He'll be missed by all. Our prayers are with his family.

Ray and Gail Corrado


The first time I met Tony Pante, I was 17 years old. He was not only a "Good Neighbor", he was my next door neighbor. Truly a people person, he was quick to make you laugh and could be counted on to do whatever you asked of him. Tony was gifted with so many special and caring qualities which we will sadly miss. Today was a very sad day for many of State Farm's old timers and anyone that knew him. He made the world a better place and we are so fortunate to have known him. John and I send our deepest condolences to Marie and his family. We pray their strength gets them through this most difficult time. Rest in Peace Jeannette and John Santello

Jeannette Santello


Rick and family I am so sorrow I just heard. Tony was my State Farm Agent..... Great guy. I know he will be missed by all. May you RIP Tony... Karen

Karen Dean


My heartfelt condolences to Tony's family and all who knew and loved him. To say he will be missed is an understatement...our loss of this dear man is heaven's gain and boy, I hope they're ready for him! God bless...RIP Tony... Cindy Skaar

Cindy Skaar


Please accept my sympathy at this very sad time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love and blessings. Hope to see and talk to you soon. Monica Poveromo

Monica Cecchino Poveromo


Before I started with State Farm my mom Ella Zotta was friends with Tony and she ask him if he would come and talked about State Farm in my High School finance class and he did! It was great! When I started with the company any time I saw him he would stop and talk to me out of his busy schedule. He will be missed. My prayers are with the Pante family

Rich Zotta


I am truly sorry for your loss. I only know Tony from seeing he and his wife at all of Anthony's games. Tony and his wife were always there. He was such a friendly person. I pray for peace for all during this time of grief. Joyce Sobel

Joyce Sobel


I am so sorry to hear that Tony is gone. My sincere condolences to the family. I will keep Tony and your family in my prayers. Tony was a huge reason I became a State Farm agent. I remember him fondly. We had a lot of laughs at the Whitestone CSO. Always a gentlemen and always super sweet to me. The world lost a wonderful person . May he rest in peace.

Sandra Simpson


Words can't express how saddened we are to hear the news. Tony was one of the first to always make me feel welcome when I joined the State Farm family. There was never a meeting or event that went by when Tony wasn't making us all smile. He was a very special man and will be missed by so many. Our heartfelt condolences to Marie and the entire family.

Debbie and Gary Weiss


Tony gave me my agency opportunity in NY and I am forever grateful to him. As Agency Manager, Tony made a great leader. Always finding ways to make others feel important and smart - he was selfless. And funny . . . he could make you laugh at simple/silly things. It was a sad day learning of his passing. Marie, to you and your beautiful family, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.

Nancy Morris


My prayers are with the family. We lost a great one. Tony had great character and a kind heart. I will never forget the mark he left on my life. He will be missed.

Debbie Wilson


Tony and I started back the and was always the smartest guy in the room,as well as,the nicest and funniest.God Bless

Joe Brogan


God Bless Tony.....Great guy....funny guy in our memories of him in the 70's & 80's. Best of State Farm....Rest in Peace!

Bill & Monique Savino


Tony was a great family man and friend. We have many wonderful memories of our time with Maria and Tony at company functions and some times in Vermont. Still hear him offering me advice on certain matters and he was always right. God bless Tony and Maria and family.



Tony allowed me to be a State Farm Agent. A wonderful person. Doreen & I will be forever grateful to Tony & Marie.

Steve & Doreen Candon


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