Anthony (Tony) Maffucci died January 5th, 2018. He was born in 1926 in New Rochelle, New York, the son of Canio Maffucci and Concetta (Onofrio) Maffucci.
He joined the Army Air Corp in 1943 and served as a radar technician on a B-17 in post-war Germany and later in Liberia until his discharge to return to private life.
After becoming a dental technician and teaching dental technology in Washington, D. C. he decided to go west but made a stop in Norman to visit two of his students who to his surprise decided they wanted to change careers and offered to sell the business to him. Hence, the beginning of Noroma Dental Laboratory in 1955 until his reluctant retirement for health reasons in 2012.
He was active in state and national organizations for certified dental techs and certified dental laboratories, having served a term as President of the state organization and participating at the national level. He was named one of the top 10 "names to know" by Lab Management Today in 1989.
Tony was a talented artist in his field as well as a sculptor, painter and jeweler. A 36x48 painting of the famous von Schamann kick in the 1977 OU/OSU game attests to his creative genius. But perhaps his greatest strength was his consummate love of teaching, so many others could excel in their field.
He was preceded in death by both parents and his brother Albert. He is survived by his wife, Bette, his son Anthony C. Maffucci, daughter Caren Maffucci, step-family members Steve Whitson, Tom (Terry) Whitson, Neva (Mike) Hames, Laura (Bernard) Keeth, Kim (Don) Cory, many, many grandchildren and great grandchildren, his sister-in-law, Marie Maffucci and several nieces and nephews and his very special "babies" Joey, Pepper and Panda.
The family will be forever indebted to the Norman Veteran's Center incredible staff for their loving care during his stay there and the very impressive, dedicated medical personnel who cared for him in his final days at the Oklahoma City V.A. Hospital.
A celebration of his life will be held sometime in February. Tony had wonderful memories of the Boys Club of his youth in New Rochelle so in lieu of flowers, the family would ask that you consider a donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Norman Oklahoma, 210 So. Cockrel Ave, Norman OK 73071 or to a charity of your choice.
Published on January 9, 2018