In Memory Of Antonio Ceprano

    CEPRANO, ANTONIO 'TONY', of North Providence, passed away Tuesday, April 6th at the Miriam Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Providence , he was the son of the late Salvatore and Cesarina (Silvestri) Ceprano and was a North Providence resident for 57 years. He was the husband of Gloria (DiNucci) for 55 years.

Tony served as a Staff Sergeant in the Army during WWII. His tours included serving in the Pacific Theatre. Upon returning home, he continued to serve his country in the Army Reserve. Tony had a long-lasting commitment to civic service that included serving as a lifelong member of the Geneva Volunteer Fire Company, a communicant of St. Anthony Church and a member of the Holy Name Society. He was a member of the St. Anthony's Knights of Columbus, member of the North Providence Town Committee, North Providence Town Councilman-at-Large, and North Providence Town Budget Committee Member. He served in countless leadership roles that included serving as Past District Governor RI Lions District 42 and the North Providence Lions Club, Past President of the RI State Police FOPA Lodge 25 and North Providence FOPA Lodge 13. Member of VFW, American Legion, Italian American Veterans and served as a Doorkeeper for the RI Senate. For many years, Tony's life was spent as a devoted advocate for Veterans causes. The last ten years, he served as Commander of the Mt. Pleasant Chapter 21 Disabled American Veterans, and served as a member of the State of RI Veteran 's Committee.

Besides his wife, he leaves two sons, Anthony S. Ceprano and Emilia Petteruti, and Mark A. and Donna Ceprano; his grandchildren, Andrea L. Ceprano and Christine M. Ceprano; brother of Tina Ceprano and Rose DelMatto, Albert Ceprano and the late Angelo Ceprano, all of North Providence .

Tony's funeral will be held on Saturday at 8 a.m. from the PONTARELLI-MARINO Home, 971 Branch Avenue , Providence . A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. in St. Anthony Church, 1413 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence , with a graveside burial with Military Honors to follow in St. Ann Cemetery , Cranston . VISITATION will be held Friday evening 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to RI Veterans Home, Chapel Fund, 480 Metacom Avenue , Bristol , RI 02809 or St. Anthony Kitchen Ministry, 5 Gibbs Street , North Providence , RI 02904 . To express your condolences through our online guestbook, visit www.pontarelli