D'Alessio , Anthony Richard, - of wildwood Crest, was born January 18, 1925 in a small house in South Philadelphia. His immigrant parents were Bombino Mascia and Constantino D'Alessio. "D" had five sisters: Rose, Elizabeth, Laura, Mary and Sue who adored him and always said, "There is nothing good enough for our Anthony" who returned their love triple fold. He met his wife Helene Valenti in Wildwood, NJ where he was a lifeguard for many years. They were married on December 23, 1950. The first time he saw Helene in her white bathing suit he said, "I'm going to marry that girl." And so the story began for 67 years. They had four children: Jeffrey, Gary, Laurie and Lynn. They have been blessed with nine wonderful grand children: Lauren, Jonathan, Ashlynn, Kiley, Morgan, Will, Allexa, Casey and Antonio and four great grandchildren: Stella, Miles, Helene and Margaret. He taught in many schools under the Philadelphia Board of Education. In the evenings he worked for the Philadelphia Department of Recreation. His last job was in the Naval Depot before retiring. He owned and operated Lakeview Docks, also known as "D's Docks" with his wife Helene and his children, where he also gave talks as "Mr. Blue Claw." He went to Tulane University on a football scholarship, but returned to Philadelphia to finish his undergraduate degree at Villanova. He later received his Masters in Education from Temple University. Anthony joined the US Navy when he was 19 years old and was a gunner's mate for two years, where he received numerous medals. His finest attribute was people he never met a person he didn't like. He led the Explorers Troop 421 in Blackwood, NJ. He was an assistant football coach at SCPH and Bok Vocational School in South Philadelphia. He was known as "Mr. D" by many of his students that loved him. He also received the Teacher of the Year award. One of his many attributes he gave us was his love and caring for everyone, not himself. He always put himself second. There never lived a kinder or more gentle man. Anthony Richard D'Alessio passed away peacefully on June 13th, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. Services will be held at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin (7101 Seaview Ave) on Saturday June 16th. Visitation is from 9 am-11 am , followed by mass at 11 am . For more information contact ingersollgreenwoodfh@comcast.net or visit the website https://ingersollgreenwoodfh.com/ In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the Alzheimer's Association (www.alz.org) or Boy Scouts of America (aplacetogive.scouting.org).

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