Anthony V. Bertoldo
Anthony V. Bertoldo, 80, a life-long native of Springfield, Massachusetts, and communicant of Springfield’s Cathedral of Saint Michael the Archangel, graduated from Cathedral High School in 1962 and went on to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. He was the son of the late Carlos & Anna Bertoldo of Italy.
Tony’s first taste of professional theatre was in the 1960's when he became associated with the Storrowton Music Fair, a summer tent theatre in West Springfield, that presented "big-name" Broadway, Hollywood, and television stars. Mr. Bertoldo served both as an actor and stage technician in the Broadway musicals produced at Storrowton. This led to his professional acting career in New York and "on the road" in a wide variety of featured roles in such plays and musicals as, The Long Voyage Home, Too Young-Too Old, Green Grow The Lilacs, Diary of Anne Frank, Guys and Dolls, George Washington Slept Here: Fiorello!, The Music Man, Bye Bye Birdie, Carousel, Destry Rides Again, Carnival, Mr. Roberts, The Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar, and so many others. Tony also directed productions of Brigadoon, Carousel, Blue Denim, South Pacific, and several Shakespearean plays including, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, and Hamlet. in the 1970’s & 1980’s, Tony had a lengthy career in retail management in New England and Washington, DC. And in the 1980’s and 1990’s, he owned many movie theaters in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont with his business partner and longtime friend, Danny Boyle of Westfield.
Along with his dear friend, Danny, Tony leaves behind many cousins in both Italy and the United States, his godson, John Martin & domestic partner Patricia “Patty” Abare who took care of Tony for the past 30+ years at their home in Springfield. Tony spent his last few years as a resident of Heritage Hall East in Agawam, where he was lovingly cared for by the amazing team of nurses, aides, and doctors.
Family and friends are invited to Tony’s Liturgy of Christian Burial, Thursday, February 2nd, 10:00 a.m. meeting at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at St. Michael’s Cathedral, 260 State Street in Springfield, (please enter the parking lot on Elliott Street), proceeding to his burial at St. Michael’s Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael’s Cathedral.