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GENNARI, Anthony Michael

GENNARI, Anthony Michael

GENNARI - Anthony Michael Of Hamilton, NJ, entered into eternal rest on Thursday May 16, 2019 at the Capital Health Medical Center in Hopewell, NJ. He was 76 years old. In his life, Anthony found great joy and success in his basketball career. His love for the sport flourished while he attended Trenton Catholic High School, where his team won the 1960 state championship. He brought along his great skill and passion for basketball to Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, where he would eventually be recognized as the 17th all-time leading scorer in the Canisius program. During his freshman year at Canisius he set a new basketball record, averaging 22.4 points per game. As a senior, he scored 456 points and lead the Canisius College Golden Griffins to many great victories. He graduated from Canisius College with bachelor's degrees in both Philosophy and Sociology. In 1991, Anthony Gennari was inducted into the Canisius College Hall of Fame. Anthony Gennari was selected by the New York Knicks in the 5th round of the 1964 draft with the 35th overall pick. Anthony decided to take his passion, his then-wife, and his four children to Italy, where he was the first ever American to play professional basketball overseas. In the 12 years of Anthony's career that took place in Italy, he played for Varese, Libertas Forli, Milano, Reyer Venezia, and AMG Sebastiani Rieti. Abroad, Anthony led his teams to many victories; two of his greatest victories included the 1966 FIBA International Club and the 1971-72 season championship of the FIBA European Champions Cup (EuroLeague). After 12 years abroad in Europe, Anthony and his family relocated back to New Jersey. Anthony took up residence in both West Windsor and Princeton. He worked both as a Vice President and a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch, spending 17 years with the company. Anthony was also employed with the Health Care Facility Finance Authority for State of New Jersey prior to his retirement. He later resided in Harvey Cedars, Long Beach Island, where he thoroughly enjoyed the beach and playing golf. In 2000, he relocated to Hamilton, New Jersey. Anthony is the son of the late Secondo Gennari and Lena (Manduchi) Gennari and the brother of the late Arthur Gennari and Dorothy "Dot" Chimera. Anthony is survived by his four children, Nicholas Gennari and wife Madalyn, Matthew Gennari and wife Jill, Andrea Gennari, and Gianmichele Gennari, along with his five grandchildren, Alexandra, Michael, Ryan, Chase, and Angelica. Anthony is survived by his eldest sister, Jean Hvisdock, and many other nieces, nephews, family, and friends. Anthony Gennari was a devoted and loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend to many. He will be greatly missed, but never forgotten. There will be a gathering to celebrate and remember the life of Anthony Gennari on Saturday, June 1st, 2019 from 1-4 PM. Family and friends please call (609) 306-7148 for location and details. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Hamilton Brenna-Cellini Funeral Home, 2365 Whitehorse-Mercerville Rd., Hamilton, NJ 08619.

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