ALBANY – Dr. Anthony Francis “Tony” Mastrianni, a man of integrity and compassion, born August 27, 1929, in Mechanicville, N.Y. to Anthony and Carmella Mastrianni. Tony passed away at home with his wife and family by his side, early Tuesday morning, December 22, 2020 at 91 years of age. He graduated with a B.S. from Union College, Schenectady N.Y. in 1950 and received his Doctor of Medicine degree from McGill University, Montreal in 1954.
In 1956, Tony married the love of his life and wife of 64 years, Joan M. Gallagher, a native of Pittsfield, MA. Together, they raised six devoted daughters. Tony will be lovingly remembered by Joan and her family, Elizabeth Mastrianni and Frank Ralbovsky, Mary Jean and Michael Ciechoski, Kathleen and Daniel Powers, Marguerite and Robert Fuller, Patricia and Dale Desnoyers, and Christine Mastrianni Fay. He will also be affectionally remembered by his thirteen grandchildren and their families, Katy and Tom Perry, Jennifer, Nick and great grandson Vincent Petrick, Justin Ciechoski, Carolyn Powers and Sam Gilford, Anthony and Colleen Powers, Christina Fuller, Zachary and Connor McMahon, and Bryan, Emmett and Regina Fay. Tony was predeceased by his brothers, Michael and Xavier.
Prior to starting his career as a pediatrician in the early 1960’s, Tony was a physician and radiologist in the U.S. Air Force in Washington. He completed his residency at Albany Medical Center and thereafter opened his pediatric practice on New Scotland Avenue, Albany. In 1966 he moved his practice to Western Avenue; in 1977, Tony started Schoolhouse Road Pediatrics, which continues to thrive to this day. Joan worked as a nurse before their daughters’ births and later joined Tony as a receptionist in her husband’s practice. In addition to private practice, he was the Medical Director for St. Margaret’s Center in Albany for 25 years where he cared for severely ill children. He also served as the Chief of Pediatrics at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany. He dedicated his life to the protection and care of children and supported generations of local families. Dr. Tony practiced medicine for over 50 years, retired in 2005, and continued to diagnose, counsel and treat family and friends until the day he died.
Tony and Joan enjoyed their retirement in Fort Meyers, FL in winters and in Guilderland and Spring Lake, N.Y. in the summers. He was an avid golfer and proudly displayed two “hole in one” plaques in his living room. Tony was a Board Member at the Albany Country Club where he and Joan enjoyed many years of golf and gatherings with close friends; later, they were a vital part of the Olde Hickory Golf and Country Club community in Fort Meyers. He was a founding member of Spring Lake Corporation. Tony was a lover of travel (especially to Italy) and the keeper of family traditions such as ravioli making at Easter and Christmas Eve fish dinners. Gatherings at Spring Lake with family and friends were especially cherished. He was a devout catholic and longtime parishioner at Christ the King Church. Tony had a strong moral compass, spoke his mind and was an engaged conversationalist. He was always sharply-dressed and enjoyed sports, skiing, sailing, politics, cooking, wine, butter pecan ice cream, crossword puzzles, opera, and literature. Above all, Tony was a loving husband to Joan, a wonderful father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend to all. We are blessed to have had him in our lives. La Dolce Vita!
A private funeral mass to celebrate Tony’s life will be held for the family at Christ the King Church in Guilderland, N.Y. on Monday, December 28, 2020 at 11am, due to Covid-19. For those who would like to virtually attend, the service will be streamed live at www.ctkparishny.org. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Guilderland Food Pantry, 4 Charles Blvd., Guilderland N.Y. 12084 and St. Margaret’s Center, 27 Hackett Blvd., Albany N.Y. 12208. If you would like to write a message, share a memory, picture and video with Joan and the family, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sheila A Ciechoski
Mary and Family we are so very sorry to hear of your dads passing. Please know you are in our prayers.
Chris & Sheila
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Tony was an amazing man who has truly left his mark on the world and his family. May he Rest In Peace as he now will be watching over his family from heaven. We are so sorry we cannot be there to comfort you during this time but know you are in our prayers.
Love Lou & Cheryl Maco
Hi Aunt Joan and beautiful cousins…I would like to express my most sincere condolences for Uncle Tony’s passing. He was a man of integrity and valor. He will be missed by all who knew him. He had a great and long life and touched so many lives. May his spirit live on through all who knew him.
Ben Mastrianni jr
Sorry for your loss- a wonderful man who was a lot like my father
Desnoyers, Lydia and Red
Joan, Patty and all, So sorry for your loss.
So sorry for your loss. Not only was he my pediatrician, but I had the privilege of working with him before he retirement. Tony was a good man and physician. Prayers for your family.
Mary Giso Abbruzzese
How truly sorry I am to hear of the passing of Dr Mastrianni. What a truly kind and compassionate man he was.
Condolences to your family
Allen, Greg & Billie Jo
Our sincerest condolences to the Mastrianni family. Very sorry for your loss.
To the family ;
My deepest sympathy to the family. This was one wonderful intelligent man. He always dressed very sharp and carried the biggest smile . My children grew up with him as their doctor and now with my smaller children we go to the Coxsackie office. I am sure he earned a front row seat in heaven for the wonderful man he was to so many children. May God bless him and all of you. RIP Dr. Mastiranni
So sorry for your loss. Uncle Tony was such a kind and sweet man. He lived a wonderful full life with the support of his amazing family. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Patty, Zach and Conner – so sorry for your loss. Your father/ grandfather was an amazing man and will be greatly missed.
Michael and Jana
Sorry to hear about our favorite doctor. He was always there when needed. I remember mom going to the emergency room with one, and while Claire was there, 2 more of us showed up! Dr. Mastrianni was always there in a flash. The best doctor, friend and neighbor around. You will definitely be missed by so many people that you were in contact with, Dr. Mastianni, especially by the Brodericks, whom you took such great care of, and probably saved our lives in so many ways! We loved you dearly, have very fond memories of you and your lovely family. Thanks for always being there when we fractured, cut or mangled ourselves in some way. Love, Katie
I’m so sorry to hear. He always said hi and had a kind word to say on his many walks past my home. I will miss him too.
Mary Jane Whittemore
Dear Joan and family, Al and I were saddened to hear of Dr Tony’s passing. He was a remarkable doctor and family man, May your memories help you in your grief. Mary Jane (Nally) Whittemore
Sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. Our prayers and thoughts are with u and your family.
Luv Lori & Dwight
So sorry to hear of his passing. He lived a wonderful life with a loving family
I arrived at St Margaret’s as a student and Dr. Mastrianni started the same year replacing Dr. Pesnel our head nurse that took care of the babies health was British and very old fashion . The first time he made rounds she clapped her hands and said ” The doctors is in the house” and we all stood up I can still remember his face he looked at us as if we were all crazy. That day I knew I had made a friend.
Dr. Mastrianni took such good care of the children. His rules all babies were to be held for every feeding were to go outside as much as possible and how important it was to love them. He helped their parent make some of the hardest decisions of their lives. Fought for the ones who had no one else to fight for them . I think St. Margaret’s children went on every vacation with the family we knew Dr. Mastrianni was only one phone call away. He had a lot to do with starting the grandparent ‘s program he often said what these kids need most is someone to hold them and love them. What a good man I became a better person because of his influence. I just know that the heavenly Choir is singing . “The doctor is in the house” Karen Kister St Margaret’s
Dear Patty and Mastrianni Family: What an amazing man! How lucky you are to have had him as your patriarch and father and grandfather. May you find peace and comfort with each other during this difficult time. Sending you all good thoughts and prayers. Maureen
Art & Elaine Ciechoski
To the Mastrianni Family, we want you to know that you’re all thought of and wished comfort and healing in the days ahead. May all the great memories of and with Tony fill your mind, warm your hearts and lead you through these times. With our sincere condolences,
Mary Audino Pellman
It is with great sadness to hear of the passing of Dr. Mastrianni. He was our family pediatrician from 1965 to the early 2000’s. I can remember when his office was on Western Avenue and he took care of all three of my sister’s and I.
Once I had children of my own, we went to the new office (Schoolhouse Rd Pediatrics) Beginning in 1990 he took care of my three daughters. We always shared a special bond with him and when my oldest daughter was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder, Dr. Mastrianni was the one who diagnosed her and took care of her. I can still remember how he came to the hospital to personally check in on her and our family. He took care of the Audino family and the Pellman family for countless years and we will never forget all of his kindness and endless stories of what it was like to raise five daughters. I would often tell him how I was the raised in a home with two sisters and then had three daughters of my own and he was always lending an ear of advice. Mrs. Mastrianni was also in the office many years and we always enjoyed chatting with her as well.
As the years went by and Dr. Mastrianni began working part-time and he introduced new doctors to his practice and gently brought them in the exam rooms to introduce them to us and make us feel comfortable. Once he fully retired, we sorely missed him but held on to the memories we made and remembered how he was more than just a doctor. He was a friend and held our hand when necessary, always with a reassuring smile and kind heart.
Our hearts are broken but we cherish our beloved memories of a wonderful doctor and friend.
With our deepest condolences,
The family of Cosimo Audino and Teresa Audino and family
Mark and Mary Pellman, Brittany Pellman, Kayla Pellman and Alexandra Pellman-Simpson
It was sad to hear of Tony’s recent passing. He and Joan were close friends of my late parents (Tom & Nita Coyle) and they both valued their long term friendship.
I’m sure there will be many kind statements made about Tony but let me just add that you will not find a better individual than Tony Mastrianni.
Suzanne Dvorscak Edmunds
Kathy, Dan and Mastrianni family, I am very sorry for your loss. My condolences to you, your mom and sisters.
Dearest Chrissy and family,
My heart is so moved by the beautiful words describing Dr. Tony. All of the messages of condolence are equally moving. What a blessing to family members, friends and patients!
I can only speak of what an incredible dad he was, by my knowing Chrissy. I have witnessed her care and love for her family and her deep respectful for others. He and Mrs. Mastrianni had taught their children well…I’d say add 6 more holes in one to the 2.
Blessings to you all. Love, Mary and Vincent Massaro
Mary and Family,
I was so sorry to learn of your fathers passing . You were blessed to have such a wonderful father . His accomplishments were many ! You must be so proud to call him “Dad”. He will now continue to watch over you from above ! Look for the signs he will send that he is close by !
Sending prayers and hugs to help you while you celebrate the life of your dad !
Sending Peace & Love to the entire Mastrianni Family. Dr. Mastrianni is a beautiful soul and I am honored to have known him.
I am so very saddened to hear of your loss. May you find comfort in the memories you hold and in the family and friends who surround you. I do remember “Uncle Tony” as such a gentle and sweet man. With sympathy~ Carol Mastrianni’s sister, Toni Marie
What a beautiful ceremony for a beautiful man. You have all made him proud. Thank you for allowing me to celebrate his life with you
Alphonse DeLucia MD
Condolences to Joan and Family. It was always especially nice to speak with Tony at family reunions and last year prior to the DeLucia family trip to Italy to tap his wisdom and get the inside scoop.
Sharon Walsh Carter
The Walsh family shared memories of Dr Mastrianni once we shared the news. We lived up the street from the first office and what a convenience! I brought my girls to his office also. Such trust and comfort and care always . We send our condolences to Joan and the girls
Janet and Dennis Fleck
So terribly sorry for your loss, Dan, Kathy and family… and Mastrianni family. (daughters, grandchildren, wife, etc.)
I’m most sure he will be greatly missed.
Patty, Zach, Conner and Mastrianni family, So sorry to hear of your loss. What beautiful words to give a little insight to what a great father/ grandfather you were blessed to have. Cherish and hold onto all the wonderful memories!
Dear Liz, Frank and Mastrianni family,
Sincere sympathy for the loss of your loved one.
MAY HE REST IN PEACE
Matthew Farina, MD
A friend just informed me of Tony’s passing. I first met him when I was a medical student at AMCH in the late 1960s. I completed my training in pediatrics at the hospital and had the pleasure of working with and learning from Dr. Mastrianni and Dr. John Abbuhl. When I became a pediatric cardiologist at AMCH, I had the honor of working with them caring for their patients. They were among the most respected pediatricians in the Capital District. During my training, I always addressed him as Dr. Mastrianni, until one way he said, “Matt, I think it’s time for you to call me Tony.” His friendship meant a great deal to me. Please accept my sincerest sympathy in his passing, and know that he is fondly remembered by those who had the privilege of knowing and working with him.