SALEM – Mr. Antonio “Anthony” Giunta, 92, Retired Fire Fighter for the City of Salem, beloved husband of the late Marie (Sullivan) Giunta, died April 30, 2020 at the Lafayette Nursing Home in Marblehead.
Born in Salem, he was the son of the late John and Catherine Giunta, he was raised and educated in Salem and was a graduate of Salem High School.
An honorably discharged veteran, he served his country as a member of the United States Navy.
Mr. Giunta began his career working with Creedon’s Garage in Salem, shortly following his return from serving his country, he began a long career serving the citizens of Salem as a member of the Salem Fire Department. He was sworn in as a Fire Fighter for the City of Salem, on June 5, 1955. He was very honored to be an addition to his family’s history of dedication to Fire Safety and the City of Salem. He began his career stationed at Salem Fire Department Headquarters on Lafayette Street. He was known for his commitment to his brother fire fighters and his passion for helping others. He dedicated his professional life to protecting the residents of his beloved home city of Salem. He was always ready to assist in a moment’s notice. He had the courage to walk into flames harm and the knowledge to come out when the job was finished and everyone was safe. He was deeply respected and his reputation of service and caring was well known throughout fire fighter circles and appreciated by his colleagues and residents alike. Following 32 years of service to Salem and its Fire Department, Fire Fighter Giunta retired on September 5, 1987, from Engine 4, Division 2.
For many years Mr. Giunta was also associated with Parker Brothers Games in Salem as a driver.
A member of the Salem Fire Fighters Union, Local 172, Anthony was a life long resident of the City of Salem. He enjoyed spending time in Maine and cruising with family and friends.
A devoted, patient and loving husband, Anthony and Marie had a vast group of couples’ friends that spent holidays, traveled and vacationed together. They had many dear friends over the years that truly became like family.
Anthony was a devoted husband to his beloved Marie. He doted on her as she was the apple of his eye. He was a true old school gentleman, always holding a chair, opening a door or offering his coat to his best friend and wife. They had a true love story, were a great team and partnership and were happiest spending time together. Anthony’s love for his wife, was vast and true. They have now reunited in Heaven.
Anthony is survived by his daughter, Mary Kate Giunta of Boston, his son, John Giunta and his partner, Patricia of Peabody and several nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. He was the brother of the late John Giunta and Joseph Giunta.
ARRANGEMENTS: A Funeral Mass will be held in the future to which all will be invited to attend. Assisting the family with the arrangements is O’Donnell – Cremations – Funerals – Celebrations, 84 Washington Sq., (at Salem Common) Salem. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Anthony’s memory to Discalced Carmelite Nuns, 15 Mt. Carmel Rd., Danvers, MA 01923. Sharing written remembrances and condolences, during this time will be essential in helping Anthony’s family reminisce, celebrate and heal. We encourage you to share your memories by visiting his eternal tribute at www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.
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