Anthony “Tony” Hutnak, Sr., 72, of Charlestown RI, passed away on January 20, 2021 at Kent Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Phyllis Marie Paolucci Hutnak, and together they shared 50 years of marriage. Born in Woonsocket RI on June 3, 1948, he was the son of the late Andrew Hutnak Jr, and Marie Beaujesour Hutnak.
Tony worked as a Claims Processor before retiring from Metlife Insurance after 23 years of service. He graduated from RI College earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. At the time of his passing, Anthony was a self employed business owner/partner with his wife Phyllis managing Indie Cycle, LLC, a collector of electronics for recycling. Together they grew this business for over 9 years and developed a recognized standing in the environmental community throughout RI.
Tony especially enjoyed spending time with his cherished grandchildren and in his leisure time he enjoyed playing golf, riding his motorcycle, and building bonfires in his backyard. For many years he donated to the Arbor Day Foundation and there are a variety of saplings growing around his home.
Tony was a life-long partner to his wife, Phyllis, having met 54 years ago this month and proposing to her just 3 days after they started dating. He served two years of active duty in the Army during their courtship and they married 6 months after his return from a tour of duty overseas. After raising a family of four they enjoyed taking vacations that always included wine tasting tours and national parks.
Anthony leaves his sons Joseph P. Hutnak and his spouse Andrea, Nathan A. Hutnak and his spouse Angelique, Anthony A. Hutnak, Jr and his spouse Dawn, and daughter, Kimberly RM Pelopida. Daughter in law, Michelle Hardy and her spouse Brian Hardy. His grandchildren Jordan K. Hutnak, Carina Hutnak, Rebecca R. Parker, Keegan L. Hutnak, and Paige R. Hardy. Step grandchildren Jason Cote and his spouse Audrey and their four children. Also, his closest and dearest friends Tammy Tyler and her spouse Kal Farley, Frank and Sara Fitzpatrick, and Amy Maxwell. He is preceded in death by his grandson Jose Hutnak.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his name to the Arbor Day Foundation and planting a tree in his memory.
Funeral services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.
S.R. Avery Funeral Home 3A Bank St., Hope Valley, RI is assisting the family with arrangements.
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