Anthony Louis "Tony" Cermele, 87, passed peacefully from this life on Friday, August 26, 2011. Tony was born March 26, 1924, in Newark, New Jersey. Between serving in the United States Air Force in World War II and the Korean War, he earned his undergraduate degree at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where he met and married Martha Lou Dilworth "Petey" Cermele.
They moved to Virginia, and while building, developing and nurturing Pixieland School, he attended George Washington University night classes and earned his Master's Degree in Education. Tony retired at age 50 after successfully operating Pixieland for 22 years, and moved to Sandbridge, Virginia, for a short while. An ad in the paper for the sale of Crabtree Falls Campground in Nelson County caught his attention, and he and his son, Mark Cermele successfully improved and operated the campground until Petey's death in 1982.
He then moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, and his love affair with the theatre was rekindled. When Lou Dipiro had the concept to arrange stage shows as fundraisers for the building fund for the new Senior Center, he asked his friend, Tony Cermele, to join the cast. From that time on, Tony brought his knowledge of theater and his experience as an entertainer and comedian to many theater venues in Charlottesville and surrounding counties. Through the years, Tony performed for The Senior Center, Children's Community Theater, Mystery Players, Act One, and Four County Players. Some roles that he may be remembered for are ""Doolittle"" in ""My Fair Lady"" and ""Sitting Bull"" in ""Annie Get Your Gun"" at Four County, the Southern Colonel in an original soap opera that was performed daily on the downtown mall, and the portrayal of James Madison in ""We the People"", performed at Montpelier.
Tony used his knowledge of business, serving on the board at the Senior Center, and his knowledge of carpentry, designing and building sets for many theater projects. Tony was a volunteer for many years at Hollymead Elementary school.
He was preceded in death by his father, Dominick Cermele; mother, Mildred Cermele, sister, Marion Cermele; brothers, Michael Cermele and Dick Cermele; and his wife, Martha Lou Dilworth Cermele. Tony is survived by daughter, Antoinette Cermele ""Toni"" Alden, of Nellysford, Virginia; son, Mark D. Cermele of Greene County, Virginia; son, Steven L. Cermele of Clermont, Florida; grandchildren, Garrick E. Alden, Micah A. Cermele, Sarah E. Cermele; and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to invite friends to share memories and celebrate Tony's life from 1:30 until 4 p.m. Saturday, October 8, 2011, at the Barboursville Theater, 5256 Governor Barbour Street, Barboursville, VA 22923. A memorial mass will be celebrated 9 a.m. Sunday, October 9, 2011 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 9900 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston, VA 22949. The family would especially like to thank the staff at Our Lady of Peace in Charlottesville, Virginia, for the special relationships that were formed and the excellent care Tony received. Contributions may be made in Tony's name to Hospice House Endowment, 675 Peter Jefferson, Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911.