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Anthony Marchionda, singer known as Tony Marsh ; Dec. 27, 1930 -- Oct. 15, 2011

Anthony Marchionda, of Cheektowaga, the singer and entertainer known as Tony Marsh, died Saturday in Father Baker Manor, Orchard Park, after a five-year battle with cancer. He was 80.

Born in Buffalo and a graduate of Bennett High School, Mr. Marchionda began singing at age 10 to help support his seven siblings. He entertained in the Town Casino while he was still in his teens.

He performed for many years in Las Vegas and Palm Springs, Calif., meeting and sharing the stage with many famous people, including Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Liberace.

A longtime resident of Palm Springs, he retired from singing in the 1990s but still did small dates in southwest Florida. He was a favorite in the Bamboo Room in St. Petersburg. He returned to the Buffalo area in 2007.

His wife of 34 years, Patricia Kingsland Licata Marchionda, died in 2010.

Surviving are two stepsons, Michael Licata and Joseph

Licata, and two sisters, Caroline Mascia and Marie Novino.

Services will be at 7 p.m. Saturday in Lombardo Funeral Home, 3060 Abbott Road, Orchard Park.


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