Tony , as he is known to everyone, was born on the island of Faial, Azores, on November 23, 1955. He came to the USA in March, 1970 with his older brother Jose to join his mother, father, and sisters, Fatima and Conceicao, in Bristol. Upon his arrival, he enrolled at Bristol High School until he graduated in June 1974, ranking 15th in his class of 243 students. After graduating from BHS, he went on to attend Southeastern Massachusetts University, in North Dartmouth, graduating in 1978 joining the Dean’s List.
After graduation, Tony joined his Alma Mater as a teacher. During his tenure with the school system, he performed various functions; teacher, coach for the Boys and Girls Soccer Teams for 24 years, Guidance Counselor, Class Advisor for four classes; ’89, ‘92¸’00 and ’05 and Dean of Students for five years. While working, he also attended the Educational Counseling Program at Rhode Island College and accounting at Roger Williams University.
Tony has served on many committees and organizations over the years; Fundacao Faialense, Co-Founder of Bristol Youth Soccer, Town of Bristol Charter Commission, Bristol Christmas Festival Committee, The Academy of Codfish of New England, Bristol Athletic Hall of Fame, Bristol Elks, Knights of Columbus, Columban Fathers Outing Committee, St. Mary’s Parish Council, Knights of Corte Reais. Tony has also been the recipient of many awards: Public Services Award (2016), Government Award (2013), Fourth of July Chief Marshall (2012)¸ Fourth of July Hattie Brown Award (2009), Bristol Christmas Spirit Award (2005), Bristol Athletic Hall of Fame Induction (1999), RI Words Unlimited, Coach of the Year (1997) and RI & Bristol Jaycees Outstanding Man of the Year (1991).
He and Jacqueline A. (Mascagna) have been married for 42 years and enjoy their six children; Camille, Neal, Alexandria, Candace, Nicole, Justin and nine grandchildren; Kerry, Tori, Richard, Kayla, Rocco, Alivia, Aria, Aubriana and Jacoby.