It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that the family of Anthony Vetter (also known as “TV” to his friends) announces his peaceful passing at home on Wednesday, August 18, 2021.
A lifelong Bayonne resident, Anthony attended Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Grammar School and Bayonne High School, where he considered himself a true “Bayonne Bee for Life”. With a passion for football at an early age, he played for the Jr. Bee’s and continued to excel with the Bayonne High School Football Team. His competitive nature served him well and in 1982 he was appointed Team Captain. He was also a member of the Bayonne High School Wrestling Team.
After completing his education Anthony began his construction career and joined the Laborers Union, Local #325, where he successfully worked his way up to Shop Stewart Foreman and General Foreman then serving as the Union President for 8 years and was eventually elected to the District Council. Anthony’s promising career was sidelined due to health issues which forced him to make the ultimate decision to take early retirement. Despite the challenges he was faced with, Anthony had an extraordinary drive and spirit that was infectious. He was without a doubt the life of the party. He had a great sense of humor and was always quick with a joke or a story to make you smile.
Anthony was a life member and active participant with the Mt. Carmel Lyceum where he was appreciated as the club's yearly MC at the annual Communion breakfasts. He enjoyed meeting on Wednesdays with his fellow members for a night of bowling with the club's Intra Club Bowling League. He was also a 3rd Degree Knight with the Bayonne Knights of Columbus #371.
With a love for the outdoors, he enjoyed planning his yearly fishing trips (a tradition he began 18 years ago), where people from all over Bayonne would come and enjoy. He also took pleasure in crabbing each summer with his buddy John Lorino. A diehard baseball fan, he enjoyed following the Yankees and Jets and attending many exciting games throughout the years with his wife and close friends.
Anthony loved his Irish heritage and always considered his greatest blessing in life to be on March 17, 2000, when he met his beautiful wife and best friend, Alice, at a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. It was “Love at First Sight” for them and their enduring love and loyalty for one another never wavered, even during his final moments.
After years of delay, Anthony and Alice’s vision to visit Ireland finally became a reality on Alice’s birthday 2 years ago. Their dream vacation was an experience that left them with the most everlasting memories.
A proud and caring grandfather lovingly referred to as “Pop Pop”, words fall short in describing how much he adored his grandson, Benjamin, along with all the delightful and priceless moments they shared together. The day his grandson was born completed his circle. Ben and Pop Pop became the new team.
Anthony possessed old-school patriotism as he proudly marched in the yearly Memorial Day Parade along the streets of Broadway where he would wave the American flag with pride and honor in memory of the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. He then would return home to celebrate with his family and friends along with the Pipes and Drums Band.
Anthony had a deep respect for his parents and took seriously the command to “Honour Thy Father and Thy Mother”. As the loving son he was, he made it a point to make them proud of him every day by living an honest and productive life and to faithfully attend mass with them.
The massive void in the hearts of his family and friends will never be filled by another human being as there was no one like Anthony on this earth. He will be missed immensely and loved eternally.
Loving son of the late Robert and Christine (Jackinowitz) Vetter, second dad to the late Ashley Rose Farrell, brother to the late Edward and Thomas, and brother-in-law to the late William and Walter Schmidt. Survived by his dearly beloved wife of 16 years, Alice (Schmidt), grandson Benjamin, second dad to Diana Farrell, brother to Robert Jr. (Veronica) and Michael (Linda), brother-in-law to Mary Jo (Thomas) and Robert Schmidt, and his canine companion, Clancy.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation at the Dworzanski & Son Funeral Home on Monday morning August 23, 2021, from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.
We kindly ask that you immediately exit the funeral home after briefly paying your respects to the family so that others may have the same opportunity.
Everyone is asked to go directly to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church after visiting hours for a 12:00 p.m. funeral mass in Anthony’s honor. A private cremation will follow at Rosehill Crematory in Linden, NJ.