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Anthony John Corrado, Jr., age 68, passed away on Monday, January 25, 2010.
He was a native of Hartford, Connecticut and resided in NWF since 1972.
He was a retired U.S. Navy Sr. Chief Petty Officer with 24 years of service.
Among many other deployments, he served as a helicopter crew chief during the Vietnam War and a field team technical advisor in Iran, ultimately earning his Combat Aircrew Wings. Continuing his passion with all things Navy, he worked as a Plane Captain with LL3 at NAS Whiting Field where he was affectionately known as "The Candy Man."
He was preceded in death by his brother, Bobby Corrado; parents, Tony and Dot Corrado; and a daughter, Tonya Leann Corrado.
Tony is survived by his wife of 40 years, Pete Corrado of Pace; two sons, Rusty (Nancy) Johnston of Milton and Mike (Diane) Corrado of Middleburg, FL; two daughters, Stacy (Billy) Carter of Navarre and Tara (Ray) Albarado of Middletown, RI; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one sister, Chickie (Ed) Gould of Clearwater, FL; five nephews; and many, many special friends.
He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. Known to his grandchildren and great-grandchild as "PaPa," Tony enjoyed every moment with them from pretending to be a monster, doing magic tricks, and giving them rides on the four wheeler.
Never one to turn down a talk about Navy life, he looked forward to his breakfast with his buddies the first Tuesday of every month.
Funeral service will be 11:00am, Thursday, January 28, 2010 at Lewis Funeral Home Pace Chapel. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Lewis Funeral Home Pace Chapel. Burial will follow in the Serenity Gardens.
Family and friends may send condolences and share fond memories at www.lewisfuneralhomes.net.
Published in Pensacola News Journal on January 27, 2010