It is with deep sadness that we bring you news of the passing of Tildenite Tony Ficcio. Tony was a long-time member of the Club and served as a Vice President and member of the Executive Committee. Most recently, Tony took part in the Voter Registration Drive on the corner of 23rd Street and First Avenue. He lived in East Midtown Plaza, stronghold of Tildenism, for nearly 40 years, where he worked to protect senior housing rights and supported EMP’s Senior Circle.
Tony served as the Metropolitan Area Staff Director of the NYS United Teachers for 25 years, and his devotion to students was shown by his leading the Tilden committee to register students at Baruch College. He was an animal lover, and rescuing and caring for cats and kittens; he even founded a not-for-profit for their care and was known for his ‘rescue’ table at the Tilden Street Fairs.
He suffered a stroke and heart attack six weeks ago, and recently passed away at the age of 83 at NYU Langone Medical Center. His family and close friend Anita Mackey cared for Tony during these past few weeks.
He had made a request to be cremated without a service. If we receive any adddtional information we will share it with everyone.
Mark P. Thompson
President, Samuel J. Tilden Democratic Club