Dr. Anthony Chillura Martino
- April 17, 1920 - December 17, 2012
- Tampa, Florida
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“So sorry, I came across Mr. Martino's passing today and wanted to send my love.
God bless your family.
(friend of Joanne)
1 of 14 | Posted by: Eddy Totten - FL
“We are so sorry for the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. My parents shared so many wonderful memories over the...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Amy and Nelson Guagliardo - Tampa, FL
“Dear Corine and family sorry that I wasn't able to attend funeral service since I was ill with flu. I'll always pray for Dr. Martino's eternal rest...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Martha O. Velarde - Tampa, FL
“Our condolence to Corinne and all of your
large family. We knew Dr. Martino for many years and we were friends. He was always upbeat and fun. We...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Paul and Eleanor Danielson - FL
“We are so saddened for your loss and we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Dr. Martino was a great friend to all of us and one of the kindest...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Laureen and Kenny Allen - tampa, FL
“Our condolences to all the famoily. Doc was a very special man and will be missed.
6 of 14 | Posted by: Joe and Gloria Diaz - Tampa, FL
“Extending to you all our deepest condolences. We have such fond memories of your dad. We'll always remember his zest for life and the great times my...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Sharon & Jimmy Lumia - Tampa, FL
“I was pleased to know the doctor and was very happy to honor him by entering him in The Rough Riders St. Patrick Day's Parade in Ybor City a few...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Carlo 'Charles' G. Spicola Jr. - FL
“I FEEL YOUR PAIN AND WILL SHARE IT WITH YOU ALL TOMORROW.
9 of 14 | Posted by: RONALD T MARTINO - tampa,, FL
“My best wishes to all the family in continuing on with life ahead..
10 of 14 | Posted by: Louis Manuel Pasetti Jr - tampa, FL
“My deepest condolences and prayers to Doc's family and my children, his grandchildren. He was truly a man of unyielding principle, character and an...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: John Trujillo, Sr. - Tampa, FL
“A Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, December 20, 2012, 10am at Christ the King Catholic Church, 821 S Dale Mabry Hwy in Tampa, followed by a...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Nino Martino - Tampa, FL
“So sorry for your loss. Sending our prayers and sympathy.
Joan and Joe Spoto
13 of 14 | Posted by: Joan and Joe Spoto - Tampa, FL
“It was such an blessing to have him in our lives. Love and Prayers to all the family
14 of 14 | Posted by: Carol and Robert Jones - Tampa, FL
Martino, Dr. Anthony Chillura passed away peacefully on December 17, 2012. He leaves us with a legacy of generosity and faith, a fun loving nature and a family and friends dear to his heart that miss him profoundly. Tony ("Doc") was born on April 17, 1920 to Tomasso Chillura and Anna Mandese Martino, who emigrated from Sicily to Tampa. Tomas worked for his father's feed and wholesale grocery business, P.C. Martino & Company. They lived in Ybor City and raised 7 children. Doc graduated Hillsborough High School and then left to attend Loyola University College of Dentistry, where he received his D.D.S. degree. It was there in New Orleans, Mother's Day, 1943, where he met and fell in love with his beloved wife of 69 years, Corinne DiLeo Martino. They married December 23rd that same year. After graduation, he served in the Army specialized training corps in New Orleans. He began practicing dentistry in New Orleans in February of 1945. He returned to Tampa with his bride in 1948, where he opened his first dental practice in Tampa Heights, and moved to South Tampa where he raised his 5 children. He later moved his practice to Kennedy Blvd, where he partially retired in 1989. He loved dentistry and helping his patients, and was known for singing songs to them to help them relax. He also ran a "Dento-mobile" serving under privileged children throughout Hillsborough County with free dental care, usually assisted by his wife, Corinne. Doc was involved in many professional, civic and political groups, including serving as a Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus, The Lions Club, the Dental Division of the United Fund, the Advisory Committee of the USF Learning Center, The Tampa Chamber of Commerce, and the Kiwanis Club. He also founded the St Patrick's Day Association, bringing the first of many parades to Bayshore Blvd and lively parties to the friends and family who joined the club. He was also instrumental in bringing President Kennedy to Tampa and served on his Memorial Committee. He served as an administrator and trustee for St Joseph's Hospital and on the Tampa Housing Authority for 8 years. He was a 60 year member of the Florida Dental Association, the West Coast Dental Association and was a member and past president of the Tampa Bay Academy of General Dentistry, where he received the lifetime achievement award for over 50 years of dedicated service. He was a life-long parishioner and Usher at Christ the King Catholic Church, and very devout to his faith and his Church. He also supported Jesuit High School and the Academy of the Holy Names. He was pre-deceased by his parents and his siblings, Peter (Leonora), Joe (Mary), Leonard, Angelo, Sam (Rose) and his sister, Sara Cutrono (Tony). He is survived by his beloved wife, Corinne and his children, Rosalie Hitchcock (William) of Houston, Joanne Martino, Anthony T. Martino (Dolores), Carolyn Beachler (Michael) and Pattie Goggin (Timothy), of Tampa. He was blessed with 9 loving grandchildren and 8 great grand-children as well as his sisters' in-law Grace and Josephine, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. His Pallbearers will be grandsons: Jason H. Barker, John V. Trujillo, Anthony "Nino" Martino; nephews Tom P. Martino, Dr. Sam Martino and Thomas S. Martino; and sons in law Michael Beachler and Timothy Goggin. A Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, December 20, 2012, 10am at Christ the King Catholic Church, 821 S Dale Mabry Hwy in Tampa, followed by a private, family only interment. Donations in Tony's memory can be made to the Christ the King Catholic Church.