Anthony John ‘Buddy’ Marciano
TORRINGTON — Vietnam veteran Anthony John “Buddy” Marciano, 63, of Torrington, died peacefully Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Haven after a nine-month battle with cancer.Born Aug. 25, 1948 in Torrington, he was the son of the late Theresa (Moriarty) and Salvatore Marciano. He was an athlete and musician during his high school years, performing as a singer and guitarist in local rock bands. After graduating from Torrington High School he volunteered for Army service in Vietnam in 1967-68, during which time he served as a door gunner with the 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion. His eventful tour exposed him to the chemical defoliant Agent Orange and he received numerous medals for his service. He served briefly in Germany before returning stateside.Mr. Marciano worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Newington, West Haven and New Orleans, La., for more than two decades in medical administration and, ultimately, personnel. He dedicated much of his work to helping fellow veterans. His exposure to Agent Orange contributed to various health issues which ultimately forced his retirement, but he remained a strong, patriotic and jovial man who lived an unapologetically rock ’n’ roll lifestyle. Family and friends cherished his laughter and his infectious sense of humor.Married three times, Mr. Marciano celebrated the birth of his only child and love of his life, Michael Anthony Marciano, of Torrington, in 1983, with his then wife, the late Gail (Whitehill) Marciano, who passed away Nov. 5, 2011.In addition to his son, Mr. Marciano leaves behind a loving sister, Theresa Marciano of Torrington; a brother, Sal Marciano of Torrington; a nephew, Michael Edward Marciano of Winsted; a nephew, David Marciano of Media, Pa.; and many extended family members and countless friends. He was predeceased by his big brother, Michael Edward Marciano Sr. of Torrington.In lieu of services, he asked that friends may raise a glass in his honor, celebrate life and be thankful for what they have this holiday season.