On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, Mayor Patrick Rosenello and North Wildwood City Council honored former Mayor Anthony Catanoso, the longest-serving Mayor of North Wildwood from Novemer 14, 1958 – January 1, 1985, with a proclamation presented to his loving wife, Phyllis, and remaining family members.
Anthony Catanoso served as both Freeholder of Cape May County and Mayor of North Wildwood from the late-1950s to the mid-1980s.
His greatest accomplishments as an elected official were the preservation and lease agreement of the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, numerous back bay dredging projects, infastructure projects, and the construction of City buildings including but not limited to: North Wildwood Police Department, North Wildwood Beach Patrol Headquarters, our Public Works Facility, ad our Recreation Center.
Mr. Catanoso was also a veteran of World War II, serving in Sicily and Italy as an interpreter and investigatorin a specialized outfit named AMGOT (Allied Military Government of Occupied Territories).
He is survived by his loving wife, Phyllis, to whom he was married for sixty-six years, daughter and son-in-law, Pati and Jack Sparks, three grandchildren (Art, Kelly-Sparks Stauffer [Sandy] and Christy Czworkowski [Charles], nine great-grandchildren (Alexandra, Anthony, Steven, Morgan, Caz, Caskia, Cezanne, Czarek, and Co); two brothers, Leonard (Connie) and Joe, two sisters, Leona Betz and Mary Nestor, two sisters-in-law, Carole Catanoso and Louise Catanoso, and numerous nieces and nephews.