Anthony D'Amato

Obituary of Anthony M. D'Amato

Anthony M. D'Amato: A Life of Innovation, Resilience, and Love (October 20, 1965 - January 8, 2024)

With profound sadness and immense respect, we announce the passing of Anthony Michael D’Amato on January 8, 2024, at the age of 58. A cherished resident of Warren, New Jersey, Anthony's journey began in Staten Island on October 20, 1965. His early life in Staten Island and later years in Berkeley Heights and Basking Ridge shaped a man of integrity, intelligence, and compassion.

A proud alumnus of Monsignor Farrell High School, Anthony's thirst for knowledge led him to Lehigh University. There, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration. His academic achievements paved the way for a remarkable career in industrial engineering, beginning at Spirax Sarco in 1987. His talent and dedication shone through as he rose through the ranks at Gestra Corporation, starting as a project engineer in 1990 and reaching the position of senior product manager by 1999.

Anthony's professional journey was marked by his tenure at American Standard Brands/LIXIL in Piscataway, from 2000 to 2023. Here, he distinguished himself as a senior product manager, especially proud of his role in developing innovative retail faucets and accessories. His most cherished professional achievement was obtaining a patent for a faucet design, a testament to his ingenuity and commitment to excellence. Anthony continued to lead and inspire in commercial product development until his last days.

Beyond his professional life, Anthony's family and friends gave him strength, particularly through his courageous journey with kidney transplants. The first transplant, a gift of life from his brother Robert in the early 2000s, began a two-decade journey of resilience and hope. A second transplant, received from an anonymous donor, further showcased Anthony's remarkable resilience and the unwavering support he received from his family and community. These experiences underscored Anthony's remarkable ability to face life's challenges with unwavering determination and grace.

An avid fan of the NY Yankees and NY Giants, Anthony was a big sports fan.  He enjoyed summers at the jersey shore and cruises with extended family.  However, his greatest joy was undoubtedly the time spent with his beloved wife, Nancy, and their children, Matthew and Megan. His love for his family was the cornerstone of his life.  Coaching his son, Matthew, to a baseball championship and attending Father/Daughter dances with Megan, were highlights.

Anthony leaves behind a legacy of love and perseverance, survived by his wife, Nancy Fitzgerald D’Amato, children Matthew and Megan, parents Anthony and Ann Marie, brother Robert and his wife Gina, and mother-in-law Judith Fitzgerald Flaherty. He also leaves behind many other family members and friends, too many to list, that held a special place in his heart.

In honor of Anthony's compassionate spirit, the family suggests memorial donations to American Kidney Fund or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Anthony's life was a testament to strength in adversity, innovation in career, and unwavering love for his family. He will be deeply missed and forever remembered.


Visitation at the Funeral Home

3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thursday, January 11, 2024
Higgins Home for Funerals
752 Mountain Blvd.
Watchung, New Jersey, United States

Funeral Mass

10:00 am
Friday, January 12, 2024
St. James R.C. Church
184 South Finley Avenue
Basking Ridge, New Jersey, United States

Final Resting Place

Holy Cross Cemetery
145 Mt. Airy Road
Basking Ridge, New Jersey, United States
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