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Anthony J. "Tony" Truchinskas

September 28, 1942 ~ October 23, 2021 (age 79)

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ATHOL- Anthony (Tony) Truchinskas, 79, died early on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at his daughter Paula’s home in the loving presence of his family.

The son of Joseph and Pauline (Vaitekunas) Truchinskas, Tony was born in Athol, MA on September 28, 1942 and lived there for his entire life.  He was baptized and confirmed at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Parish.

After graduating from Athol High School in 1960, he worked at Tyler Millwork Co. before joining the Toolmaker Apprentice Program at the L.S. Starrett Co. at age 19. While completing the apprentice program, he attended Mount Wachusett Community College to earn his Associates Degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He went on to work at Starrett’s for 46 years, retiring at age 64 after having been foreman of the Tool Room for several years. While raising his family, Tony also worked side jobs as a gas station attendant and then as a bartender at Omer’s Restaurant.

Tony enjoyed playing softball, ice hockey, fishing and hunting before activities were curtailed by severe rheumatoid arthritis. After that, he enjoyed his spectator sports, watching the Red Sox, Patriots and NASCAR  racing. He was a lifetime member of the American Lithuanian Naturalization Club, eventually becoming president.  He also rose through the chairs of the Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks to become the Exalted Ruler. He especially enjoyed activities through the Elks that supported students and the community.

Tony was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Pauline Truchinskas, and his daughter, Karen Truchinskas. 

He is survived by his daughters: Susan Layeux (Chris) of Moyie Springs, ID, and their sons, Michael, Daniel and Eric; Paula Morris (Joe) of Templeton, MA, and their children, Andrew (Megan), Kaitlyn and Kyle; son A.J. (LeAnne) of Athol, MA, and stepsons, Steven, Jaymes and Corey; and 1 great-grandson, Connor. He also leaves his sister Irene Brown of Athol, MA, two nephews, and his former wife Glenda (Ballou) Guertin.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, October 29, 2021 between 3 and 6 pm. Please join our family to share your memories of Tony at the Lithuanian Club, 365 South Street, Athol, MA. Food and beverages will be served. 

Per Tony’s request, there will be no calling hours or funeral service.

Interment will be a private family event at South Cemetery, Orange.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Athol High School Scholarship Association. Box 338, Athol, MA  01331.

Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main Street, Orange, is assisting the family.

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Celebration of Life
October 29, 2021

3:00 PM
Lithuanian Club
365 South Street
Athol, MA 01331

October 29, 2021

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Lithuanian Club
365 South Street
Athol, MA 01331

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