Family man, loved cars

 Published in the December 11, 2015 edition

Anthony-Serino-obit-webMELROSE – Anthony “Tony” Serino Jr., 72, of Melrose, died on Dec. 8.

Tony was born in Revere on June 19, 1943 to Anthony and Mildred (Elefson) Serino. He was raised in Melrose and attended Melrose High School. Tony left high school to join the United States Navy in April of 1962. He honorably served in the U.S. Navy for two years aboard the USS Wasp aircraft carrier and during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Several years after being discharged from the Navy, Tony married the love of his life, Nancy (Kenney) Serino in 1967. The two spent 48 years happily married and raised their family together in Melrose. Tony loved his family and was happiest with them. In the summertime, they would travel to Lake Winnipesaukee, where they made many unforgettable memories. Tony and Nancy also loved to entertain and had many holiday and family parties at their home on Vinton Street over the years. He was a great cook; his specialty was his homemade pizza.

In addition to his family, Tony loved cars. He was especially into 1950s Hot Rods. He also owned a red convertible Mustang, which he always kept in pristine condition. He had many friends he stayed in touch with and would get together frequently to play poker. Tony was a great man who loved his family to no end; he will be greatly missed by them all.

Anthony was the beloved husband of Nancy (Kenney) Serino of Stoneham, formerly of Melrose. He was the loving father of Sheri (Serino) Alba and her husband James of Stoneham; Lauren Serino of Melrose and the late Anthony “Tony” Serino. He was the proud grandfather of Jason. He was the caring brother to the late Sam Serino. He was the loving uncle of Tracy (Serino) Hinchey. He is also survived by many extended relatives and close friends.

Visitation was held on Thursday, Dec. 10 from 4-8 p.m. at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 West Foster St., Melrose. A funeral service will be held on Friday, Dec. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 131 West Emerson St., Melrose. Interment with military honors at Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Melrose Veterans Fund: City of Melrose, ATTN Veterans Services, 562 Main St., Melrose MA 02176. To leave an online condolence, visit