Antonio “Tony” Leonardo Olive, a longtime resident of Darien who recently moved to Avon died on Wednesday, March 4 at Hartford Hospital. Born Nov. 4, 1937 in Frenchtown, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, he was the son of the late Anthony Olive and Florina (Magras ) Olive and is predeceased by his spouse, Karen C. Olive. He was 77.
Mr. Olive moved to Stamford at the age of 18, from the islands, to work at Conde Nast as a book binder and also as a construction worker. Not too long after, he started a career at Pitney Bowes where he dedicated 33 years of service before retiring.
Mr. Olive was very active in his retirement working for the Darien Police Department as a traffic agent. He was also involved with many churches dedicating his time as an usher, Eucharistic Minister and served on their many committees, alongside longtime girlfriend, Sandie DeLeo. Mr. Olive had many other interests and enjoyed bowling, golfing and fishing along with a passion for cooking. Mr. Olive’s love, kindness and care for his family and friends were carried throughout his life and he will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his son Antonio L. Olive, Jr. and his wife Stephanie of Stamford and granddaughters Nicole, Samantha and Felicia; a daughter, Theresa K. Czerwinski and her husband Christopher and a grandson, Evan, of Farmington. He is also survived by his sister Sr. Ann Olive of New Jersey and his brother Eddie Olive of St. Thomas, VI. He is predeceased by his two brothers, John Olive and Louis Olive.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road, Darien, CT on Tuesday, March 10.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Maurice Church, 358 Glenbrook Road, Stamford, on Wednesday, March 11, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery in Darien.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Maurice Church in Stamford.