VFW Post Commander Tony Carnemolla dies Around Town, posted by Editor, Danville Weekly Online, on Dec 23, 2009 at 8:00 pm
Tony Carnemolla, 74, an Alamo resident who owned Dad's Locksmith in Danville and was Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 75, died today in Danville. "He had coffee with his buddies from the VFW this morning and after returning to his office, he had a heart attack and died," reported Mayor Mike Doyle.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, December 23, 2009, 5:30 PM
Posted by Mark Curtis, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Dec 24, 2009 at 8:03 am
God Bless Tony. It was a real treat to get to to know him over the years. One of his greatest contributions was that so many children were involved in, or attended Veteran's events. That's important, because so often younger generations know little of the sacrifice that has been made to keep this nation free and strong. Tony, thank you for all you've done to educate the children and grandchildren of our communities about the critical role you and other Veterans played in the preservation of America. May you been in peace with God this Christmas.
Posted by David Hartson, a resident of another community, on Dec 24, 2009 at 10:33 am
I have known the Carnemolla Family since 1977 when they moved from San Francisco to Danville to open Dad's Locksmith. Richard just called me to let me know about Tony's passing. I am dearly saddend. Tony was a person who liked people and stood up for the right and wrong things in life. As I have so much respect for Tony and the family, my best wishes to Tony to rest in piece and the best for the Carnemolla Family. I will miss him for the great person that he is.
Posted by Gary Parsons, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Dec 24, 2009 at 11:22 am
Tony was one of the town leaders who lead by example. If he believed in something, he put all his energy into it. He will be deeply missed by all of his "extended family" in Danville and Alamo. Fortunately, Tony's legacy will live on through all of those he touched and influenced.
Is there any doubt that the new Veterans building in Danville shouldn't be named the "Tony Carnemolla Veterans Memorial" building??
Posted by Hal Bailey, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Dec 24, 2009 at 12:20 pm
Tony lived just two doors down Lunada Lane from me and yet most contact had been a wave. Tony and I had some e-mail exchanges during 2008 incorporation campaigns and talked once about his opposition to any form of incorporation and my support for a well-defined, planned and budgeted incorporation proposal for voter consideration. Throughout the conversation, Tony was a gentleman listening to my position and its justifications. We shook hands at the end of our discussion and that was our first and last talk.
I sit here thinking of Tony as an example of how community works among people of opposing opinions. Certainly, Tony and I were little more than one momentís acquaintance and quite different in our viewpoints. But there are moments in our lives where one good conversation lingers.
Posted by John Reese, a resident of the Walnut Creek neighborhood, on Dec 24, 2009 at 4:20 pm
Tony was "one of a kind" and extremely dedicated to the community and all veterans. In Danville... Tony was and is "Mr. V.F.W." and he made us all very proud with his very active involvement in everything he touched. He will be greatly missed personally and by the community. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary and family at this difficult time.
Posted by Dylan Carnemolla, a resident of the San Ramon neighborhood, on Dec 25, 2009 at 1:29 am
I am Tonys grandson and all these comments mean alot to the whole family. Tonys death was so sudden and unexpected and everyone is still in shock, i sit here just waiting to wake up from this nightmare but it is not happening. I love my grandpa so much and the best time i ever had with his was fishing up in alaska this past summer. There is nothing i would ever want more than just to get to talk with him one more time and tell him how much i love him. He is my hero and i will never forget everything he has taught me and his sence of humor. R.I.P. Poppie i love you
Posted by JWADS, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Dec 25, 2009 at 8:10 am
Just when I thought 2009 could not get any worse than it had been,I get the phone call about Tony. I have known Tony since 1972 when I moved to Danville. We started together with our friend Dave Allen in 1995 The Danville Hot Summer Nights. Fished with Tony several years in Alaska. He will be forever in my heart and God bless Mary and the family. Jimmy Wads
Posted by Brenda Z, a resident of the Blackhawk neighborhood, on Dec 25, 2009 at 8:56 am
I will miss Tony's big, sincere smile every time I saw him! He was such an important force in Danville, and his many contributions still live on to remind us of how he made the world (especially Danville) a better place!
I'm guessing the coffee in heaven is just "THE BEST!"
Posted by Vic Conti, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Dec 25, 2009 at 11:06 am
Danville will miss Tony! Tony and I had our share of disagreements years ago about community events, but we both grew to respect each other and ultimately became friends. My condolences to his family. I will remember him each time I pass Dad's Locksmith, pass the Veteran's Hall, attend the car show or see the veteran's float at the front of the Fourth of July parade. Tony has left a big footprint and Danville has lost a passionate leader! Rest in peace, my friend.
Posted by Mark Unterbach, a member of the Vista Grande Elementary School community, on Dec 26, 2009 at 8:25 pm
There goes a guy who always had a great attitude and the time to talk to you. One of few peopel that reminded me of the old neighborhood where I grew up in New York. He just gave me that kind of feeling. Cared a great deal about the neighborhood (and how many times to you hear people use that "N" word lately?)
My heart goes out to his family. TRULY, a Good Man.
Posted by Walt Huber, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Dec 26, 2009 at 9:40 pm
I worked with Tony earlier this year posting signs on Danville Blvd concerning the incorporation. He definitely was concerned with our "Neighborhood". Hopefully there is someone in our neighborhood who will take up where he has left off, to be as concerned about it and work with the issues as he did.
May Tony's family look back at all the great things he has done.
Posted by Mitch and Penny Kennedy, a resident of another community, on Dec 27, 2009 at 1:16 pm
We moved into our first home in 1995 as a young couple. Soon we learned what wonderful next door neighbor's we were very fortunate to have: Rich and Vicky Carnemolla, Tony's son and daughter-in-law, along with their son Dylan. Over the next 12 years we got to know Tony as the very wonderful father and grandfather of our great neighbors. Tony was a great person and loved member of the community. From the tasty crab feed to the ever growing Hot Summer Nights, Tony was an enthusiastic and engaging leader. Thank you to Tony for all that he has done to make Danville and the Tri-Valley area such a special place. Thank you to Tony's family for being such great friends and neighbors. We share in your loss and revel in a host of good memories.
Posted by Rich Carnemolla, a resident of the San Ramon neighborhood, on Dec 27, 2009 at 10:48 pm
Tony, was my father and also my best friend and my hero. He taught me right from wrong and raised me with morales. I was very fortunate and very lucky to be able to work with my Dad for the past 31 years on a daily basis and got along as well as we did. He may be gone from this world, but he will never leave my heart. I love you forever Dad!
Posted by Vicky Carnemolla, a resident of the San Ramon neighborhood, on Dec 27, 2009 at 11:08 pm
Tony was my father-in-law, my second Dad! I have worked with him for the past 20 years, in the same office almost everyday. We would talk and share many things with each other. He was a character at times and always made you smile and laugh. We would joke around about moving each other out in the hall way, but both of us knew the office would be too lonely without each other. I could not have asked for a better Family to be married to. Rich and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary in October, and Tony and Mary threw us a wonderful surprise party with our friends and some family. Rich and I are so very grateful for the wonderful memories. There are too many memories to list them all. Tony/Dad you are deeply missed and I will love you always.
Posted by Dolores Fox Ciardelli, editor, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Dec 28, 2009 at 4:35 pm
"Report objectionable comment" is a link posted automatically with every comment so our readers can directly inform us when something objectionable is written in our Town Forum. People showed respect in this thread, thank goodness, and stuck to the subject but they do not always.
Posted by Terry and Dee, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Jan 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm
We were shocked to read an e-mail from a friend that Tony had died unexpectedly. How could that be? The last time I saw him he was at the Danville Country Waffles with his Vet friends and he looked just fine...kidding with his great big impish smile! The Town of Danville will never be the same without him! It was fun working the car show with him! We love our Veterans and Tony was among the best! Thanks,Tony,for being such a good friend during all the years of our magazine! Our prayers go out to his wonderful wife, Mary and son Rich and all the family during this very sad time. We will miss him!