Anthony "Tony" Joseph Draghi of Cumming, Georgia passed away at home surrounded by his loved ones on October 5, 2020.
Tony was born on December 30, 1939 in Elmira, NY. He graduated high school from Elmira Free Academy and then served in the United States Navy from December of 1959 to December of 1963, where he was stationed in Virginia Beach and had many good times with his eldest daughter. After his years in the service, Tony enjoyed spending time cooking with his father at the family restaurant, Lib's Supper Club, and later moved to Georgia where he met Julie, all because he was "sick of the snow".
Tony was a loving father and grandfather, the world's most patient and supportive husband, and was always the first to crack a joke. He enjoyed watching sports on TV, especially the Atlanta Braves, driving his tractor, and was always the funniest parent at every theater play, sporting event or other school function for his kids.
Tony also loved children and was always happy to help coach his kids' recreational sports teams. Some of his fondest memories came from his time spent as Coach Tony teaching kids how to play sports and helping them to be more self confident.
In his later years, Tony enjoyed spending time with his wife by going everywhere with her (even the salon), talking to his kids on the phone which sometimes he did at 1am just because he could, and was happy to invite another son into the family, even though he was a tad hesitant to let anyone else drive his tractor. He also enjoyed turning off all the lights in the house, driving Blossom (his youngest daughter's dog) around on his walker, and feeding Blossom slices of cheese.
Tony was preceeded in death by his parents John and Adelina Draghi, and his brother Paul Draghi. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Julie Draghi; daughters Giovina Draghi, Corinna Draghi Shannon, Kimberly Weaver and Charlene Stone; Son T.J. Middaugh; son-in-law Dudley Shannon, III; grandchildren Sarah Kohllman and Emerson Weaver; brother Nicholas (Linda) Draghi; sisters Giovina (Greg) Chinchar, Mary (Randy) Clark, and Aurelia Farley; sister-in-law Sandra Draghi; and many neices, nephews, and cousins.
Tony also had many friends and extended relatives that will always remember laughing with him. His sense of humor will certainly be missed, but we will continue to laugh in his honor and remember that Heaven has gained the goofiest of angels.
The family will be receiving friends at the Mcdonald & Son funeral home in Cumming, Ga between 11:00 am and 12:30 pm on Monday October 12, followed by a funeral mass at the Church of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church at 1:00 pm.
Due to limitations on attendance, the family is kindly requesting that individuals at high risk of contracting or transmitting the COVID-19 virus stay at home during the services and join the mass virtually. If attending virtually, please look for the Funeral Notice link on the Good Shepherd website home page at https://gsrcc.net. A link to the live stream mass will be provided there. If attending in person services, a facemask that covers your nose and mouth will be required to be worn at all times.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tony's favorite charity, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Donations can be online at www.stjude.org/donate.
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