Anthony J. (Tony) Mauriello, a longtime ink industry veteran who played a major role in the local New York ink associations, including the forming of the Metro New York Printing Ink Association (MNYPIA), passed away on June 14, 2014. He was 83 years old.
Mr. Mauriello was born on Aug. 28, 1930 in East Orange, NJ to Matteo and Francesca (Cicenia) Mauriello. He attended Elmwood Street School, Vernon L. Davis Junior High and graduated East Orange High School in 1948, where he was voted “Best Dancer.” He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Seton Hall University in 1952 and attended Rutgers University for graduate work in chemistry. He was drafted in the Army in 1952 and served his country for two years.
His began his career in the printing ink field at Inmont as Eastern Coast manager, and then as national senior account manager for BASF Corporation, which was acquired by Sun Chemical. Upon his retirement from Sun Chemical, he became a professional tax consultant certified by the American Institute of Tax Studies.
Brad Bergey, executive director of the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM), worked with Mr. Mauriello at Sun Chemical after Sun Chemical acquired BASF in 1991, and remembers him as a superb salesman and as a gentleman.
“Tony worked for me in Teterboro, NJ for many years,” Bergey said. “Tony was a great salesman. He was very good at developing good strong personal relationships; he owned his accounts by being on top of their needs and always making sure their needs were met.
“Tony was always the ‘gentleman,’ kind, attentive and always willing to help,” Bergey added. “He has been involved with the ink industry most of his life and gave it his all. He was very involved with the MNYPIA, and we owe him our thanks for maintaining the legacy for all the years he has volunteered his support.”
After he retired from Sun Chemical, Mr. Mauriello remained active in the ink industry, playing a key role in the revitalization of the MNYPIA. He served the club as its treasurer for many years. Prior to that, he served as the president of the New York Printing Ink Manufacturers Club for more than three decades.
In recognition of all that Mr. Mauriello did for the industry, the MNYPIA voted to change the name of its Man of the Year award to honor him.
“Tony Mauriello was involved with the NY/NJ ink clubs for decades,” said MNYPIA president John Rutledge of United Mineral and Chemical Corporation. “His passing on June 14, 2014 was a sad day for all who knew him. Tony was a tireless volunteer who always gave of himself to support our industry.
“To recognize what a unique individual he was, I am pleased to announce that the Board of the Metro New York Printing Ink Association has voted to change the name of our annual Man of the Year award to the Tony Mauriello Man of the Year award,” Rutledge added. “This will be a fitting honor to a man who we all owe so much.”
Outside of the ink industry, Mr. Mauriello was active in many areas. He was a tenor saxophone musician, belonged to the Musician’s Guild and played with his band “Tony May” in Newark, Asbury Park and Mount Freedom. He was a member of the Elmwood Tigers, where he served as president, as well as the Suburban Golf Club, Garwood Knights of Columbus, Catholic War Veterans, The Elks, Columbia Italian-American Club, The Gran Centurions, The Double Ring Club, The Cha-Cha Club, The Gin Club, and was a lifetime member of the New York Giants Football Club as a season ticket holder.
Mr. Mauriello is survived by his wife of 58 years, Susan (Fiore) Mauriello; two sons, The Very Rev. Canon Matthew R. Mauriello, pastor of St. Roch Church, Greenwich, CT; Dr. Anthony J. Mauriello Jr., orthopedic surgeon of Lancaster, PA; daughter Suzanne and her husband Giuseppe Pasini of Milan, Italy; and three grandchildren, Francesca, Stephen and Victoria Pasini.
He was predeceased by his parents; his sisters Jennie (Potuto), Connie (Silvestri), Josephine (DiPompeo) and brother, John. He also was brother-in-law to Pauline and Donald Tarantino, Emily and Martin Natale and Anthony and Angela Fiore.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Memorial Fund of St. Roch Church, 10 St. Roch Ave., Greenwich, CT 06830.