Anthony Alukonis, 93, of Cocoa Beach, Florida died peacefully on January 9, 2021 in his home surrounded by family.
Anthony was an extraordinary, honorable, hardworking, loving, kind, and quiet family man, whose actions spoke volumes. His loyalty, dependability and work ethics was something everyone looked up to. He was gifted with a strong yet gentle nature. His gentle, quiet unconditional love defined how he lived his life. He was and will remain a role model for many.
Known loving as the man with golden hands he could fix almost anything. Black electrical tape and tools called a thingumajigs or whatchamacallits was all he needed to fix anything from the smallest watch part to a boat or car engine. Working with his hands was his life’s joy. Cherished memories were created as he passed his knowledge on to those wanted to learn.
Born in Brooklyn Sept 24, 1927, to Michael and Paulina Alukonis, he was raised there along with his 6 siblings.
After honorably serving in US Navy during World War 2 and Korea he married his sweetheart, Joyce in 1952. 1963 was the year he moved his family to Wantagh on Long Island, NY. Raising four children with their love and commitment to family as their guiding light throughout the years. Extended family bonds were built and nurtured during their lives. Their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, relatives and friends filled the house with love and laughter.
Cocoa Beach, Florida became their home fulltime in 1990 after several years of being snowbirds. With all their children raising families locally he continued to be the strong, dependable, quiet cornerstone of the foundation of his family.
Called the infant whisper as he had a special way with little ones calming, playing and making them laugh. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren understood his silent language from a knowingly look thin lipped and finger point smirk to a broad smile ready to make someone giggle. Their love for each other was evident up to the last moments as grandchild held his hands and rubbed his head which has always been so handsomely covered with his trademark silver white hair.
He enjoyed working at Premier Cruise Lines 1990-2000. Cruising became a favorite vacation style.
Family time and hobbies he cherished were days at the beach, boating, camping, cruising, BBQs and pool parties with the kids. Also involved by being a little league coach. He spent his days tinkering on cars, machines, home repairs and just about anything which needed his attention.
Preceded in death by his spouse Joyce Alukonis, parents, Michael and Paulina, 6 siblings and his granddaughter Katelyn Alukonis.
Survived by his children, Steven Alukonis, April Antonia Aulisio, aka Joyce Allen, Janis Liguori and Judi Froehlich as well as 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.