Conway, Mass – Anthony J. “Tony” Kocot, 69 of 299 Truce Road, Conway died August 17, 2012 at home after a period of failing health. He was born in Greenfield, June 19, 1943, the son of Edith (Symanski) Kocot and the late Henry C. Kocot.
He attended local Deerfield Schools and graduated from Smith Vocational High School in Northampton in 1961. In his early years, he worked at Hardigg Industries and later joined the Army National Guard in 1967 to 1973.
Anthony then joined the family business of H.C.Kocot & Sons Excavating. After the death of his father, he became owner-operator of the business.
Anthony was married to Patricia Olynik, September 25, 1965, in Holy Ghost Ukranian Catholic Church. They made their home in So. Deerfield, moving to Conway in 1993.
Tony was a member of the So. Deerfield Fire Dept., a member of the Prudential Committee and former member of the So. Deerfield Muster Team. He was on the Building Committee for the new So. Deerfield Fire Station and a member of the St. Mark’s Church in Conway.
Besides his wife Patricia of Conway, he leaves his mother, Edith Kocot of So. Deerfield, son John Anthony and his wife Danielle of Conway, his daughter Terri A. Kocot of Amherst, his brother Henry J. Kocot of So. Deerfield, two sisters, Edith Ostrowski and Henrietta Kocot both of So. Deerfield, two grand-children, Kaylin and Kenadie Kocot.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 9:45am from the Wrisley Funeral Home followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11am in St. Mark’s Church in Conway. Burial will follow in Howland Cemetery, Conway. Calling hours at the Funeral Home are Tuesday from 5 to 8pm.
Donations in his memory can be made to the So. Deerfield Fire Dept., State Road, So. Deerfield, Mass, the Schriners Hospital for Children in Springfield or Overlook Hospice, 88 Masonic Home Road, Charlton, Mass, 01507.