With great sadness, we announce the Gallo family’s loss of their dad, husband, and grandfather, Anthony M. Gallo–otherwise known as “Big Tony” at Summer’s Edge. He experienced a short, unexpected illness in October and passed away at home, on February 23rd 2016, with Ann Marie, Joe, and their mother Phyllis by his side.
Big Tony attended Wentworth Institute and enjoyed a lengthy career at Hewlett Packard. He adored all sports, especially baseball, jogging, and tennis. In October of 1997, he ran and finished the Cape Cod Marathon at the age of 60. Around the family home in Medford, Big Tony had a particular niche as a gardener and landscaper. He truly relished the time that he spent playing with his two young grandchildren, AJ and Michael. At Summer’s Edge, Big Tony greeted everyone with a smile and welcomed new campers, staff, and parent(s)/guardian(s) to the community with enthusiasm. On the courts, his tennis lessons went beyond enhancing the campers’ stroke development and mechanics; he emphasized sportspersonship and fair play for the players by embodying the traits of our Character Counts program that we all impart every summer. His behind the scenes contributions to the Summer’s Edge Community were countless. No tasks were too large or too small for Big Tony. Whether he was loading a U-Haul truck to move all of the gear into camp, seeding the fields so that the campers would have thick green grass to play on, or carving watermelon slices for Ted the Bear’s birthday party, he paid great attention to details because of his love for his children’s camp and all that Summer’s Edge offers for campers.