Antonio (“Tony”) de Almeida Vaz, 86, died peacefully at home on Sunday, September 5th, after a valiant year-long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Pardilho, Portugal on November 10, 1934, to Antonio Joaquim Vaz and Maria Jose Valente de Almeida, Tony immigrated to the United States of America with his beloved wife, Maria, in 1958. Lifelong residents of New Jersey, they initially settled in the Ironbound section of Newark, later moving to Harrison, followed by North Arlington, and most recently, South Brunswick.
Tony was a proud member of Local 472 for fifty years, working as a General Foreman, with a focus on road construction. He loved to regale his family with tales of projects he worked on across northern New Jersey during his long career.
He was also an avid soccer fan, with an enduring passion for S.L. Benfica of the Portuguese Primeira Liga until his final days.
Tony is survived by his loving wife, Maria, and his devoted daughters, Gina and Dina, each of whom will miss him beyond words until they meet again.
A private service will be held at M. J. Murphy Funeral Home in Monmouth Junction, followed by entombment at Holy Cross Burial Park in South Brunswick. A memorial celebration honoring Tony’s life is being planned for a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at act.alz.org/donate.