Remembering Tony

Those who frequent Liberty Street in Newburgh knew Tony Di Benedetto … whether it was seeing him at Caffe Macchiato for breakfast, lunch at Ms. Fairfax or sitting in Palate Wines and Spirits, where he and I had many wonderful conversations.

As he walked down Liberty Street, Tony greeted everyone and was interested in hearing what we were doing. He was an artist, a graduate of Pratt Institute and a resident of Madrid, Spain for 36 years before coming to Newburgh. Tony was a man of many talents and tales. We all loved him. 

In his memory, a bench, based on one from El Retiro Park in Madrid, has been made by Atlas Industries of Newburgh and will be installed in front of Palate Wine and Spirits at 115 Liberty Street. It will provide a place for his many friends to rest and smile as we think back on the life of this remarkable man.

Tony was born, October 23, 1923 and I would like to have it installed on or near his birthday.

The funds raised will cover the cost of the bench, installation and a memorial plaque, which totals approximately $1500.

Thank you in advance for any donation you can give to perpetuate the memory of our dear friend.

  • Patricia Sofokles 
    • $100 
    • 35 mos
  • Beth Quinn 
    • $80 
    • 36 mos
  • Rita Tantillo 
    • $50 
    • 36 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 36 mos
    • $100 
    • 36 mos
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Yaakov Sullivan 
Newburgh, NY
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