DOYLESTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA - Husband, father and brother, Antonio 'Tony' Nelle, 90, formerly of Dumont, NJ, passed away peacefully on September 10, 2015. Born in Manila, Philippines, August 21, 1925, he resided in Dumont for 58 years, raising his family, before relocating to Doylestown, PA in 2014. He moved into the Pine Run Community in February 2015 and truly enjoyed the Residents, their visitors and the Staff. He served with the US Army in the Korean War, receiving an Honorable Discharge.
Tony worked for NBC television as a Senior Video Engineer in Manhattan for 35 years, retiring in 1986. Beginning in the era of live television, his career took him around the country and the world. From the early Variety Shows of Jack Paar, Steve Allen and Johnny Carson to the birth of Saturday Night Live; from the dawn of manned space flight to the Super Bowl, Tony was a part of many historic and iconic productions. In the latter half of his career, he was often the envy of many during the winter months, sporting a healthy tan as result of televising the PGA golf tour from around the country each week. Coaxed out of retirement in 1988, Tony received an Emmy Award as a member of the production team for the Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea, validation of a long and distinguished career.
Tony enjoyed the outdoors and spent many summers with his family camping along the East Coast. Whether boating, fishing or waterskiing, summer vacations took them to
Canada, the Adirondacks of New York, Vermont, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Florida. Upon retirement, Tony continued outdoor activity, pursuing his love of sailing, and becoming a member of the Keyport Yacht Club where he and Nancy could be found cruising and racing his beloved Nonsuch 30 in the Raritan Bay.
Predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Nancy (Barnes) in 2013, he is survived by his son, Jeffrey and wife Nancy of Redding, CT; daughter Kate Nell of Overland Park, KS; daughter Elizabeth Fiorelli and husband Robert of Wallington, NJ; daughter Maria Rafferty and husband Brian of Doylestown, PA; sisters Betty of Florida, Erlinda of Arkansas, and 7 nieces and nephews.
A great joy in Tony's life were his cherished grandchildren; Spencer and Jeremy Nelle; Mark and Kevin Fiorelli; Brian, Erin, Andrew, Matthew and Patrick Rafferty.
Tony was an active member of the Dumont VFW and Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church, and was a member and Past Commander of the Saddle River Power Squadron. Prior to relocating to Doylestown, he was often seen at the New Milford Senior Center where he enjoyed socializing and playing shuffleboard.
A Funeral Mass will be offered Friday, September 18, 2015, 10:00 am at St. Mary's RC Church in Dumont, NJ. The family will receive friends at Frech Funeral Home, 161 Washington Avenue in Dumont, 2-4pm and 7-9pm. Burial private.
In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated in Tony 's memory to The Wounded Warrior Project.