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1927 Tony 2024

Alberto Antonio Amessa

March 6, 1927 — July 7, 2024

Charlotte

Alberto Antonio Amessa, known to many as Tony Romano from his illustrious 45-year career as a professional wrestler, passed away peacefully on July 7, 2024, in Charlotte. He was born on March 6, 1927, in Argentina to Alberto Albino Amessa and Otilia Rosa Amessa.

Tony's life was filled with remarkable experiences and achievements. Beyond his wrestling persona, he embarked on a diverse career journey that led him to the Harris Teeter corporate office and eventually to a humble position as a bagger at the south Charlotte Harris Teeter store. His genuine love for interacting with people made this job truly special to him.

One of the most cherished memories of Tony's life was meeting his beloved wife, Consuelo, in Panama City. Their love story unfolded in the midst of their respective professional endeavors – Tony as a wrestler and Consuelo as a professional flamenco dancer.

Described as a calm, patient man with a heart of gold, Tony had a knack for bringing people together. He was known for his friendly demeanor, peacemaking nature, and unwavering dedication to his family. Family gatherings became all the more joyful because of his presence.

In his leisure time, Tony dedicated himself to staying active and healthy. With a rigorous workout routine of 2-3 hours daily, he enjoyed playing tennis, swimming, and taking long walks. An avid reader, he often sought solace in the aisles of Barnes and Noble before starting his day at work. Tony's creativity shone through in his talent for repurposing items that others deemed useless.

A Celebration of Life service in honor of Tony will be held on July 28, 2024, at Raymer-Kepner Chapel in Huntersville, NC. The event will be an opportunity for all who knew him to come together and commemorate the remarkable life he lived.

Tony leaves behind a legacy of love and warmth that will be carried on by his surviving family members: his wife of 68 years Consuelo Amessa; children Jose Amessa; Adrian Amessa (Vickie); Carmen Linkous (Mark); Lolita Faulkenberry (John); grandchildren Alice Almond (Bobby), Michelle Knick (Ryan), Jason Faulkenberry (Nicole), Vanessa Amessa, Christian Amessa (Nuria), Amanda Forrest (Bo); 8 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.

Alberto Antonio Amessa touched countless lives with his kindness and gentle spirit. He will be deeply missed but forever remembered for the love he shared with those around him.

Rest in peace, Tony.

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Alberto Antonio Amessa, conocido por muchos como Tony Romano por su ilustre carrera de 45 años como profesional, falleció pacíficamente el 7 de julio de 2024 en Charlotte. Nació el 6 de marzo de 1927 en Argentina, hijo de Alberto Albino Amessa y Otilia Rosa Amessa.

Alberto Antonio Amessa, conocido por muchos como Tony Romano por su ilustre carrera de 45 años como luchador profesional, falleció pacíficamente el 7 de julio de 2024 en Charlotte. Nació el 6 de marzo de 1927 en Argentina, hijo de Alberto Albino Amessa y Otilia Rosa Amessa.

La vida de Tony estuvo llena de experiencias y logros notables. Más allá de su personalidad de luchador, se embarcó en una carrera profesional diversa que lo llevó a la oficina corporativa de Harris Teeter y, finalmente, a un puesto humilde como empacador en la tienda Harris Teeter del sur de Charlotte. Su amor genuino por interactuar con la gente hizo que este trabajo fuera realmente especial para él.

Uno de los recuerdos más preciados de la vida de Tony fue conocer a su amada esposa, Consuelo, en la ciudad de Panamá. Su historia de amor se desarrolló en medio de sus respectivos esfuerzos profesionales: Tony como luchador y Consuelo como bailaora de flamenco profesional.

Descrito como un hombre tranquilo, paciente y con un corazón de oro, Tony tenía una habilidad especial para unir a la gente. Era conocido por su comportamiento amistoso, su naturaleza pacificadora y su inquebrantable dedicación a su familia. Las reuniones familiares se volvieron aún más alegres gracias a su presencia.

En su tiempo libre, Tony se dedicaba a mantenerse activo y saludable. Con una rigurosa rutina de ejercicios de 2 a 3 horas diarias, le gustaba jugar tenis, nadar y dar largas caminatas. Ávido lector, a menudo buscaba consuelo en los pasillos de Barnes and Noble antes de comenzar su día de trabajo. La creatividad de Tony brilló en su talento para reutilizar elementos que otros consideraban inútiles.

Se llevará a cabo un servicio de Celebración de la Vida en honor a Tony el 28 de julio de 2024 en la Capilla Raymer-Kepner en Huntersville, Carolina del Norte. El evento será una oportunidad para que todos los que lo conocieron se reúnan y conmemoren la extraordinaria vida que vivió.

Tony deja un legado de amor y calidez que continuarán sus familiares sobrevivientes: su esposa durante 68 años, Consuelo Amessa; hijos José Amessa; Adrián Amessa (Vickie); Carmen Linkous (Marca); Lolita Faulkenberry (Juan); nietos Alice Almond (Bobby), Michelle Knick (Ryan), Jason Faulkenberry (Nicole), Vanessa Amessa, Christian Amessa (Nuria), Amanda Forrest (Bo); 8 bisnietos; y 1 tataranieto.

Alberto Antonio Amessa tocó innumerables vidas con su bondad y espíritu gentil. Lo extrañaremos profundamente, pero lo recordaremos para siempre por el amor que compartió con quienes lo rodeaban.

Descansa en paz, Tony.

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Celebration of Life

Sunday, July 28, 2024

3:00 - 5:00 pm (Eastern time)

Harrisburg Funeral & Cremation is serving the Amessa family. For questions about the service, please call 704-781-5665

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