Oct 16 2017
Anthony Masiello Jr., 56
“No one can have greater love than to give his life for his friends.” John 15:13
And that is how he lived…
Anthony was born in Boston, Massachusetts on February 25, 1961 to Alice & Anthony Masiello Sr. In March of 1980, at the young age of 19, he joined the United States Marine Corps, serving his country both home and abroad. His Marine Corps unit was deployed to Beirut during the Lebanese Civil War where Anthony survived the barracks bombing on October 23, 1983 that claimed the lives of 241 of his Brothers-in-arms. Later, stationed at Cherry Point, North Carolina, he met and fell in love with Debra Lynn Legan. After receiving an Honorable Discharge on January 3, 1988, the couple moved to Boston where they were married on October 28, 1988 in a quiet, intimate ceremony with Anthony’s parents at their side. Together they raised two sons, Anthony Michael and James Scott.
On February 22, 1989, Anthony’s dream of becoming a firefighter was realized as he joined the Boston Fire Department Local 718. There he spent the next 24 years serving his community and putting himself in harm’s way to save the lives of others. Due to his on-going battle with Renal Cell Cancer, he retired from the fire department on September 13, 2013. With a smile on his face, he continued the fight and in May of 2017, Anthony and Deb moved to Jacksonville, Florida to be closer to family.
On Friday, October 13, 2017, Anthony passed from this life into the arms of Jesus and returned home. He is survived by his loving wife and soulmate, Debra; sons Michael and James, all of Jacksonville, Florida; two sisters Elaine in Arizona and Janet in Boston; and Debra’s family who loved him as their own. He is preceded in death by his parents, Alice and Anthony Sr. and his younger brother, Michael.
He was a good husband, father, brother and friend. He was a good man. He will be well remembered and greatly missed. Godspeed Anthony, until we meet again.
Mr Masiello will be cremated and no services are scheduled at this time.
Arrangements are under the direction of Cedar Bay Funeral Home, 904-714-1110.