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Anthony Joseph Agresta
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • The Regimental Band C/O The Citadel
    171 Moultrie Street
    Charleston, SC 29409

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“rest in peace Tony .. a talented, loving, and funny man . you are with your beloved Betty . Karen & Eddie Caccavale ”
1 of 24 | Posted by: A friend

“I am so sorry for your loss. I took care of Mr. Agresta for about 2 years! He always knew how to put a smile on somebody's face! My thoughts and...Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: Jennifer Crosby - Walterboro, SC

“Thoughts of My Father He married a beautiful woman and gave us life.......three girls. He taught us to ride bikes, share our toys and laugh alot. ...Read More »
3 of 24 | Posted by: Victoria Agresta Little - SC

“My thoughts about your father "Well done good and faithful servant" where confirmed when I heard the drum roll sent by the Lord(thunder). It was a...Read More »
4 of 24 | Posted by: Beth Lacey

“I was so sorry to hear of 'Uncle Tony's' passing. He was a treat musician and a wonderful person. Some of my first musical experiences in Charleston...Read More »
5 of 24 | Posted by: Stephan Berry - Charleston, SC

“Rest in peace Uncle Tony. We will miss you very much. Thanks for all the funny stories and all the laughs we shared. We hold these memories close to...Read More »
6 of 24 | Posted by: A friend

“To the entire Agresta and Gennaro families, I am saddened to hear of your loss. I met your dad through my kinship with his nephew Michael Gennaro...Read More »
7 of 24 | Posted by: Ron Fonzi - Wakefield, MA

“My condolences to the Agresta family. May the God of all comfort, comfort you during this most difficult time. ”
8 of 24 | Posted by: Tolbert - SC

“Rest in Peach Tony!!Love, Steve & Ellie ”
9 of 24 | Posted by: Ellie DeCandia - Weehawken, NJ

“My condolences to the family,Comfort to your thoughts and heart in time,"Do not worry over anything, but in everything let the things you have to ask...Read More »
10 of 24 | Posted by: A friend

“Great guy, always enjoyed his stories while getting a great haircut. He will be missed ”
11 of 24 | Posted by: Ralph Doolin - Dyersburg, TN

“Please accept my deepest condolences on Tony's passing. He was a very devoted friend of my late Uncle, Joel Portugal, visiting him every week when...Read More »
12 of 24 | Posted by: Larry Libater - Charleston, SC

“Tony was a dear friend and a joy to work with. We worked together at Oskar Hirsch's shop for many years. Simply put,Tony Agresta was one of my...Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: Rusty Burbage - Boca Raton, FL

“The world will not be the same. "Uncle" Tony lived large and brought so much joy with his music, barbering, antics and love. What a character. I will...Read More »
14 of 24 | Posted by: Crystal Carlson - Charleston, SC

Our darling Tony just last month
15 of 24 | Posted by: Crystal Carlson

Tony at the Victory House
16 of 24 | Posted by: Crystal Carlson

“So long friend! ”
17 of 24 | Posted by: Jeff Garrard - Charleston, SC

“Kleo, we are so sorry for your lost. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Remember all the good times you with him. GOD be with you...Read More »
18 of 24 | Posted by: Cyndi and Larry Oglesby - Ladson, SC

“Dear Kleo and Nick. My heartfelt sympathies go out to you and your loved ones at this time. I had the honor and the privilege of meeting your father...Read More »
19 of 24 | Posted by: Maggie Rojas - Naples, FL

“God Bless you Uncle Anthony. You certainly enjoyed a full life. Play your trombone loud! ”
20 of 24 | Posted by: valerie Agresta-Franck - norwich, NY

“Kleo, Vicky and family - you are in our thoughts and prayers on the loss of your Father. Our family, the Agresta Clan, in heaven sadly grows in...Read More »
21 of 24 | Posted by: Michelle (Agresta) & Andrew Herr - NY

“Memories of Marlon Avenue come to me as I read this. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this sad time. ”
22 of 24 | Posted by: Penny Karppinen (Prosen) - CA

“Comforting thoughts and memories to your hearts."And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning...Read More »
23 of 24 | Posted by: A friend

“I retired from Base Charleston in 2000. Tony was a textbook "fixture" at the Base. Always willing to share his WWII Coast Guard experiences with...Read More »
24 of 24 | Posted by: CWO4 Kevin Murphy, USCG (Ret.) - SC


Anthony J. Agresta, 91, passed peacefully to the Lord on Friday, May 29, at the VA Victory House facility in Walterboro. His Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, June 2, 2015, in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 5 St. Teresa Drive, at 10:00 a.m. The Prayers of Final Commendation and Farewell will be held in Live Oak Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Monday, June 1, 2015, in J. HENRY STUHR INC., WEST ASHLEY CHAPEL, 3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Anthony was born February 4, 1924, one of eleven children of an Italian immigrant, the late Rafael Agresta and Francesca Di Nicola Agresta. He was a U.S. Coast Guard WWII veteran having served in Charleston and the Pacific. A native of Hazleton, PA, a long-time resident of Charleston and New York, NY, he was a renowned trombonist, having performed with widely known "Big Bands" including the Dorsey Brothers and Sammy Kaye. Mr. Agresta's music career took him to many parts of the world, where he played for a wide array of audiences as well as American Presidents and the British Royal Family. Later, he was the barber at the Charleston Coast Guard base, until he retired at age 87.

He is survived by two daughters, Antoinette (Kleo) Sarant (Nicholas) of West Ashley and Victoria Ellen Agresta-Little (Terrance) of Johns Island; a grandson, Christopher Sarant (Amy); and two great-grandchildren, Hannah and Ivy Sarant of Columbia, SC. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Eugenia Eastwood and daughter, Rosemary Elizabeth Agresta.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Regimental Band, C/O The Citadel, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409.