Anthony J. "Tony" DeMeo



Anthony Joseph DeMeo


(November 26, 1932 - September 3, 2022)


Anthony J. “Tony” DeMeo, of Hewlett, NY, passed away at his home on September 3, 2022.  Born in Brooklyn, New York, Tony had a career as a speech therapist with the New York City Board of Education. He was also an artist, songwriter, radio talk show host, and inventor. He holds patents for a motorcycle safety belt and an innovative form of vinyl repair technology.  In addition to his artistic and intellectual pursuits, Tony enjoyed being physically active and often got off several Metro stops before his destination to get in a good walk. A true Renaissance man, Tony brought his warmth, wit, and humor to every social setting. He was also a source of inspiration and a mentor to his nieces and nephews.


Son of the late Carmina and John DeMeo, Tony is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, JoAnn DeMeo (nee Caramanico).  In addition to his wife, Tony is survived by his nieces and nephews and their families, including Phyllis (Joseph) Geraghty of Lakeville, CT; Richard (JoAnne) Russo of Myrtle Beach, SC; Michael (Colette) Russo of Charlottesville, VA; Lorraine (Kevin) McMahon of Hamilton, NJ; Melanie (Tom) Schnaars, of Rocky Point, NY; Cortney Caramanico of Deer Park, NY, and brothers-in-law Tony (Charlotte) Caramanico and John Caramanico of Montauk, NY.


He is predeceased by his sister, Anna Russo, and brother-in-law, Mariano Russo, as well as by his sister, Theresa DeMeo.


A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 10, from 9 to 11AM at Powell Funeral Home, Amityville, NY, followed by interment at Trinity Cemetery, Amityville, NY.


In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital are suggested.