The Obit For Anthony Maisano
Published in The Record and Herald News from 8/3/2008
MAISANO Anthony, "Babe"
age 94, of Englewood Cliffs, on Saturday August 2, 2008. Predeceased by
his loving parents Antonio and Marie Maisano who were one of the founding
families in Fort Lee, he was also the sole survivor of nine children.
Beloved husband of 60 years of Mildred Irene Maisano nee Schutz. Cherished
father of Debra Ann (Jay) Dunne, Anthony William (Lisa) Maisano. Adored
grandfather of Michael Anthony Maisano.
Born in Fort Lee, his life revolved around the community. He was Past
President and Life member of the Fort Lee Lions Club, Honorary Member
of the St. Rocco's Benevolent Society, long time member of the Fort Lee
Athletic Club and a man of deep faith who served as an usher for most
of his long life at Holy Trinity Church.
After a .515 batting average in high school he earned the nickname "Babe"
after baseball great Babe Ruth. He played Semi-Pro for the Fort Lee Athletic
Club, and he got to meet his namesake in October 1931 at the age of 17
during a game against West New Yorkers when Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth came
to play. After five years with F.L Athletic Club he was picked for the
St. Louis Cardinals farm team.
In 1941 his baseball career ended when he enlisted in the army during
World War II, the first in Fort Lee to do so. After serving in Hawaii
and Australia he returned home in 1945 and opened "Babes Taxi"
with just one cab and which is now a Fort Lee Institution. After his retirement
in 1975 when the company had expanded to 28 cabs, he would still come
in at 5:30 AM to help out as a driver.
The family will receive their friends on Tuesday 3-5 and 7-9 PM at the
Frank A. Patti and Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home 327 Main Street "opposite
the Fort Lee Library". The funeral will leave Wednesday at 9:30 AM
for the celebration of his funeral mass in Holy Trinity Church at 10 AM.
For condolences, directions, or information call 201-944-0100 or www.frankpatti.com.