Thomas Antonelli, 66, of Sayreville Passes Away
Thomas Antonelli, 66, from Sayreville’s Parlin section died peacefully at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick on Thursday, February 23. His beloved family were by his side to comfort and say their final farewells.
He specialized in social work and addiction therapy and was an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Born in Nucla, Colorado.
Early Life and Education
Kathleen “Kay” McNulty Mauchly Antonelli displayed an early talent for mathematics. This natural talent was further nurtured by her parents, who encouraged her to take every math class available to her.
She went on to become one of the original six ENIAC programmers and assisted the US military during World War II by calculating bullet and missile trajectories – yet her work remained underappreciated due to being female and the secrecy surrounding its creation at that time.
John Mauchly died in 1980; they were married until his death and together raised five children before she returned to programming computers until 1986 – she has been honored with numerous awards and scholarships over her lifetime.
Antonelli was raised in Jefferson, New York where he played football, basketball and baseball at Jefferson High School. Coach Charley O’Brien converted him from first baseman to pitcher as a sophomore; quickly becoming one of the area’s premier pitchers; even throwing three no-hitters during high school and drawing interest from many Major League clubs.
Al Dark advised him that when the Giants offered him a contract prior to 1955 season, he should ask for double or more. When that happened, the Giants granted his request.
Antonelli retired from baseball in 1961 and quickly transitioned into business by founding an operation that distributed Firestone and Michelin tires, serving on the Rochester Red Wings board, and setting up the Tom and Earlene Antonelli Foundation training academy to prepare people for careers in medical office administration and nurse aide positions.
Achievement and Honors
Tom Antonelli was an accomplished football player and coach who also served in the Army. Together with his wife Earlene, they created the Angelo Antonelli Scholarship at Southeastern for students who demonstrate excellent character and dedication to learning. The scholarship supports one recipient each year who exemplifies these characteristics in addition to being educationally successful.
Antonelli is also a highly esteemed author and curator, having recently organized Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival exhibition that explored mankind’s tenuous relationship with nature. Antonelli shared this subject matter during the Dezeen Day conference last year.
In 2023, she won Italy’s highest honor for scholars and artists: the Antonio Feltrinelli Prize. Other recipients include Reinhard Zimmermann of Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law fame; as well as architects Yinka Ilori and Ugur Sahin.
Thomas Antonelli was a loving husband, father and grandfather who belonged to First Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Rockaway Township, NJ. In his free time he loved gardening and model trains – not forgetting visiting Oregon Coast for leisurely drives around Clackamas county!
Antonelli experienced arm problems early in his career, yet still won 20 games for a sixth-place team in 1956 and 19 in 1957 before switching to the bullpen and continuing playing one additional season.
Her first film appearances included TV commercials for soft drinks and bedsheets, before Salvatore Samperi’s 1973 erotic drama Malizia garnered her international acclaim and made waves at Italian box offices.
Antonelli amassed most of his fortune as a baseball player; however, he also has some business interests which estimate his net worth between $1 and $8 Million.
He never achieved strikeouts, yet survived by pitching to contact and trusting his defenders; throwing his trademark curve ball when other pitchers would shy away. In 1954 he earned an All-Star selection while winning 21 games that year.
Tom resided in Nucla, Colorado with his wife Earlene and children. A dedicated family man, he brought an infectious passion and gusto to everything he did and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. His children have gone on to achieve success in their respective careers while leaving behind many grandchildren as a legacy.