Anthony L. Alotto

Anthony Lee Alotto, Tony to his friends and family, passed away Sunday, June 10, 2018 after a hard-fought, extended battle with cancer. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10:00am on Friday, June 15, 2018 at Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers in Bryan.

Tony was born October 3, 1950 in Detroit, Michigan to Francis Paul and Mildred Pauline (Theron) Alotto. The family moved to Phar, Texas when Tony was a young child and he was, and always will be, a tried and true Texan. Tony married Daluh Ann Wyrick on November 18, 1977 in Athens, Texas and he and his lovely bride, as he always called her, spent the next forty years building and enjoying their lives together.

Tony graduated from Texas A&M in 1983 and earned his MBA from Webster University in 1993. After a dedicated career in the telecommunications industry, Tony retired from Sprint in 2003 and, always a proud Aggie, came back to Texas A&M and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) where he served the people of Texas with honor and distinction until 2016. Tony earned the highest system-wide honor when he was awarded the Texas A&M System Regents Fellow Service Award for his extraordinary service, not the least of which was his development and leadership of the Texas Public Works Response Team (PWRT).

Tony will be remembered for his joyful love of his wife and family, his selfless service to others, his witty and contagious sense of humor, and his genuine love of music, especially playing the guitar. A true Renaissance man, Tony was also a certified single engine pilot and SCUBA diver, and enjoyed riding his motorcycle, fishing, jogging, running races with his daughters, and traveling with his beloved Ann in the motor home.

Tony was preceded in death by his parents and his step-son Scott Anding.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Alotto of College Station; daughters Kristi Ramsey and husband Chad of Washington, Texas and Brandi Bermann and husband Mike of Rensselaer, New York; grandchildren Whitney Ramsey Cormier and husband Donavon of Lafayette, Louisiana, Wyatt Ramsey of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and Josephine and Spencer Bermann of Rensselaer, New York. He is also survived by siblings Paul Alotto and Babette Alotto of Austin and Terry Alotto of Terrell, Texas, as well as numerous other relatives and friends.

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  1. Ann,
    We are heartbroken over the loss of Tony. He was one of a kind – an extraordinary individual. Please know that you and your family are in our hearts and prayers.
    Victoria & Bob Koenig

  2. Ann and Family.
    Was sorry to hear of Tony’s passing. He was a great person, friend and boss over the years we worked together. His ability to communicate, lead and manage was what I liked about him. Additionally he would listen to your discussion and provide support as well as allow you to work the problems without out being judgmental and if the solutions worked would provide positive feed back and not ever when things did not go exactly as planned would day ” I told you So”. A kind man as well as a great friend and confidant I will miss him but will always remember the guidance and friendship he provided to me. He will always be in my thoughts as will you for your friendship over these many years. If I can do anything for your please let me know. May God bless you and your family in these times of grief and always like Tony would want remember the good times with family and friends as this is what life is all about, Sincerely Jack

  3. You will be greatly missed “Boss!” – “Ms. Cumby” 😉 I value the mentoring you provided me, but I will always treasure seeing the love and friendship you and Ann shared. Your love for your family is priceless.

  4. Dear Ann and Alotto family,
    We offer our heartfelt feelings of sorrow for your loss.
    I will always remember Tony’s dedication and professionalism that he expressed during our trip to Anchorage last year.
    May the care and love of your family and fellow TEEX’ns provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. Our most sincere condolences.
    Steven & Carmen Irey

  5. Ann and family,
    Our sympathy goes out to you as we reflect on the loss of Tony. While the world is a lesser place without him in it, I am eternally grateful for the friendship we shared, and ever thankful for all he taught me along the way. Tony was a friend and a brother in every sense.

  6. Ann,
    My condolences on your loss. Tony was a great man, a mentor and did so much good for others. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I’m remembering the many fond memories. He did like to laugh and enjoy life, that’s what I’ll remember most.

  7. I met Tony in September 1957, when we were assigned to the same first grade class at Carnahan Elementary School in Pharr, Texas. He had then, as he did the last time I saw him(which I will speak of later), a wonderful personality that made you want to be with him lest you miss one of his jokes. He was so much fun to be with. We were pals in first grade and remained so until we graduated from High School(HS) in 1969. When we were in fifth grade, we were privileged to (along with six other friends ) be given a part in Act I of Bizet’s Opera “Carmen”, singing a chorus “Avec la guarduex montante nous arrivee nous voila…. sonee trompet aquitanate…..”. I did not see Tony much after our school days ended. But I remember those occasions nonetheless. He was the first person I saw and greeted at our 20th HS reunion. Imagine, were were 20 years older that we were when we had graduated, yet Tony had not changed a bit. I guess I had not changed either. We just picked up where we left off, as if 20 years had just vanished. Then, coincidentally enough, he was the first fellow alum that I encountered at our reunion in Kerrville in 2012. Another 25 years gone!
    The last time I saw him was at an art opening which I had at a gallery in Fayetteville, Texas. I was very gratified to see Tony and Ann there to cheer me on. We shared many good memories there. And I remember introducing Tony to everyone there as my, literally, “oldest” friend. While we stood next to each other, Just for a moment, I placed my arm over his shoulder the way we used to do in first grade so many years before. He was my pal.

  8. Ann,
    I appreciate the opportunity to meet you and Tony during his time with the LTAP Program. Even though you guys are from Texas, you never made this Arkansas girl feel small. That’s the type of loving people you and Tony were to me.

  9. I was one of the international students who attended a training course with Tony and Dan
    It was a very interesting experiment and
    I spent very good and useful times with them.
    He said I will never forget my international students.
    I feel sad for his loss.
    Best regards for his family.
    Note our training course with him was in March-June 1983.

  10. Ann, We just found out tonight that Tony passed away (from Bill’s post about their friend who passed today). Tim and I are so sorry for your loss…we are shocked. You two were so perfect together and although everyone passes away he was too young. Praying for you and your family.

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