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“Thanks for your service to your country and family! ”
1 of 7 | Posted by: Paul Hurley - Waltham, MA

“Dear Karen And Kathy and most importantly Mrs. Arena,Please know that when I was a young girl and came to 124 Russell Street , I felt like I was part...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Kristen (Schopen) Gaskin - PA

“Dear Aunt Rainbow, Lori, Kathy, Steph and all the family of Uncle Tony,We are truly sorry for your loss, but are confident in faith that Uncle Tony...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: John Arena - Brentwood, TN

“Kathy,I will not be able to attend the calling hours or the Funeral in honor of your Dad, but please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Ruth GOVE - WAYLAND, MA - Friend

“Uncle Tony will be missed - he shared his love with all, shared his history, and jokes-will miss those newsletters and will smile as I reflect on the...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Ronnie & Mary Ann Crane - Hudson, MA

“Dear Karen & family,Please know dad will be in my prayers,Rest In Peace until we meet again ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Brian Aucoin - Hudson, MA

“May God be with you. ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Judy Peckham - Burlington, MA

Waltham - Mr. Anthonino A. 'Tony' Arena, affectionately known as 'Tony the Barber', died Saturday, May 21, 2022 in Newton - Wellesley Hospital after an illness. He was 94.

Tony was born on August 20, 1927 in Natick a son of the late Italian immigrants, Giovanni and Giovanna (Infererre) Arena. Raised in Waltham he was a graduate of Waltham High School. Tony served honorably in the United States Coast Guard Merchant Marines Division during World War II. He married Lorraine S. Crane on May 6, 1949 in Saint Mary's Church where they remained lifelong communicants.

'Tony the Barber'…. well known in his era for the shop he owned and operated at 771 Main Street in Waltham for years would later tell people that 'the hippie generation put him out of business'. He then went back to school and trained the various facets of steam room engineering He worked at the former Fernald School for over 20 years in this capacity.

He had a fantastic sense of humor and was forever telling an audience…individual or group...a joke that would ensure a good belly laugh. He and 'Rainbow' were no strangers to the dance floor and loved their outings at various ballroom venues. Tony was longtime member of the Waltham Elks #953 and Waltham Moose Lodge # 1018. Tony would literally pen (and later type) monthly family newsletters that would be distributed to his large extended family.

Tony was predeceased by his two daughters, Cheryl A. Muise and Deborah L. McNamara; his grandson, Michael McNamara and brothers, Pasquale, Orazio, Albert and John Arena.

In addition to his wife of 73 years, Lorraine 'Rainbow' Arena he leaves his children, Lorraine E. 'Lori' Arena of Waltham, Anthony J. Arena (Margaret) of Marlborough, Kathleen E. Hodge (Steve) of Wells, ME, Karen J. Hurley (Philip) of Billerica, Barbara J. Russo (Joseph) of Hudson, Alan A. Arena (Lizbeth) of Dennisport, Steven P. Arena (Patricia) of Walpole and the late father-in-law of Joseph Muise of Sudbury and Terrance McNamara of W. Yarmouth; brother of Grace Rooney of Natick, Mary Vallerand of Waltham, Rose Clasby of Foxborough, Joseph and James Arena of St. Cloud, FL, Nicholas Arena of Southbridge; his grandchildren, Dr. Eleanor Muise, Matthew Muise, Kellie Adams, Kathleen Porter, Joseph Martin (Nicole), Samantha Lesniak (Michael), Christopher Arena, Stephanie Hodge, Nicholas Hodge (Christina), Derek Hurley, Kerri Cabral (Paul), Bryan Russo, Jack Arena and Brooke Arena; and many great-grandchildren; nieces & nephews.

Family and friends will honor and remember Tony's life by gathering for calling hours on Tuesday, May24th from 4 to 7 p.m. in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Route 20), Waltham and again at 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning before leaving in procession to Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church, 880 Trapelo Road, where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial with military honors will follow in Mount Feake Cemetery, Waltham.

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Mount Feake Cemetery

203 Prospect Street Waltham, MA 02453