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Official Obituary of

Anthony "Tony" Adam Bozzuto

February 15, 1955 ~ February 22, 2024 (age 69) 69 Years Old

Anthony "Tony" Bozzuto Obituary

     Tony Bozzuto, 69, a resident of Shoshone, passed away Thursday, February 22, 2024 in his home in Shoshone surrounded by his best friend, family, and ex-wife.

     Tony was born on February 15th, 1955 in Gooding, Idaho to Victor Bozzuto and Rae Bozzuto. He was raised and educated in Shoshone and graduated from Shoshone High School in 1973. During high school, his life revolved around school, sports and the store. He got involved in sports so that he didn’t have to work at the store. He participated in track, bowling, baseball and was the student body vice president at Shoshone High. He loved to cruise and “drag Main.” He had an orange Chevy two-wheel drive pickup with cherry bombs which was very popular with the ladies. 

     Growing up, Tony was an avid skier. He and his best friend, Mike went skiing almost every weekend during the winter. He also loved hiking and camping with the boys. He played the drums at several of the local watering holes which drove his father nuts because his drum set just happened to be located in the basement. After high school, he spent some time in South Albania and did quite a bit of bird hunting. He had a ping pong table at South Abania and played frequently. He also played with his remote-control cars and planes. He had his own special Porsche and loved sports cars. 

     Tony loved being social with small groups of people and loved to gamble. He even got some of his friends into gambling. He loved rocking out to Styx, Reo, James Gang, ZZ Top, Frank Zappa, Boston and Black Sabbath on the Altec Lansing speakers. Tony sponsored and played in several bowling leagues and threw the first sanctioned league 300 game at Mountain View Lanes. 

     During and after high school, Tony worked at Bozzuto’s Furniture for his father at their family-owned store. In 1983, Tony officially purchased the store from his father and has been running it ever since. Tony was a great boss and many of his employees have memories of having lunch with him at several of the local establishments. His business was the hub for many to meet and socialize; and of course, participate in the weekly “picks.”

     Aside from being a small business owner, Tony coached legion baseball for years. He was a positive influence on many people’s lives and was an integral part of many childhoods. Once his daughters, Dani and Shelby, were old enough to throw a softball, he switched his coaching sport to softball and was able to coach both girls until they were too old to play summer league. He took both girls to championships.

      Tony was an amazing father and supported his daughters in everything they did. He was the kind of Dad who never missed a game. He would always wait until after the Star-Spangled Banner to say “Play ball!” He was the biggest cheerleader of the pep club and is known for wearing the feathered hat at state volleyball where he ran from one end of the gym to the other doing the wave with the crowd. 

     Tony was a dedicated community member of Shoshone. His daughters tried to get him to move to Lewiston with them, but he would never budge because he loved Shoshone. He participated in many different groups and organizations in the area and always was the first to volunteer to donate. Tony used to run the community softball game at the 4th of July Celebration in town. Many people looked forward to this event and he donated to it every year to keep it alive. Tony was also a valued member of the Shoshone School Board and served as the board chair. He started in 2007 and has served ever since.

     He always volunteered his business to be part of the homecoming window painting extravaganza and didn’t mind being “hit up” to donate to any club or group through the school.

     Tony was a member of the board in his Brand Source group and would sometimes travel for business. He loved the people in this group and enjoyed being around them on his trips. 

     Tony loved going grocery shopping in Twin and somehow, always unbeknownst to him, ended up in Jackpot. He said the truck just went into auto-pilot. Tony was a life-long San Francisco Giant’s fan. It didn’t matter where he was at, if he saw someone with Giant’s gear on, he would yell to them “Go Gi’s!”    He had a nickname for every person he knew and built relationships with many people over the years with his sense of humor and endearing personality. Some even called him Prince Charming. 

     Tony is survived by his children - Dani Bozzuto and Shelby Berglund; his siblings - Vicky Hranac Boise, ID, Bob Bozzuto and Bill Bozzuto; and his two grandchildren - Cannon Berglund and Zarri Berglund; his nieces and nephews - Krisie Bozzuto, Kellie Paul, Jason Bozzuto and Robbie Bozzuto. 

     Tony’s memorial service will be held on Friday, March 8, 2024 at 3:30 pm in the Shoshone High School new gymnasium. Following the service will be snacks and socializing in the Shoshone School Cafeteria.

     Funeral and cremation arrangements are under the care and direction of Demaray Funeral Service – Shoshone Chapel.

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Services

Celebration of Life
Friday
March 8, 2024

3:30 PM
Shoshone High School Gym
61 East Highway 24
Shoshone, ID 83352

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