April 15, 2019
Anthony Frank Zero, age 58, of Atlantic Highlands passed away in his home on Monday, April 15, 2019. Anthony was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Massapequa Park, Long Island by Anthony and Elizabeth Zero. He was a graduate of Berner High School on Long Island in the class of 1978. After high school, he attended the University of Miami for the first part of his college education where he studied architecture and history and was a member of the ROTC. On May 12, 1982, he joined the Army in Coral Gables, Florida, entering service as a 2nd Lieutenant through officer candidate school. He served his country proudly for 2 ½ years as a Cavalry officer and Infantry officer in the 24th Infantry Division, 48th Infantry Brigade at Fort Stewart, Georgia. Among the numerous ribbons and awards he earned are the Air Assault Badge, the Public Health Response Service Ribbon, and the Georgia Army National Guard Service Ribbon. Anthony separated from service on December 5, 1984 as a 1st Lieutenant to pursue a career in architecture. After his family moved to Middletown, NJ, Anthony attended and graduated from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1988 with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture with a minor in History After graduation, Anthony was employed by architectural firms beginning with Samuel P. Abate/James Pollifrone Architects in Ocean where he started his career as an entry level draftsman. He quickly climbed the ladder and by the end of 6 years was a senior draftsman. For many years following, he advanced his career at firms such as Chester, Ploussas, Lisowsky in Matawan and Bertone Associates in Middletown. In 1996, he became a partner in his own firm, Kwiecinski and Zero Architects, in Millstone. In 1999, Anthony established his own practice, AFZ Architecture and Design, specializing in high-end residential and commercial buildings. For the past 10 years, Tony was employed by BF Design in Lakewood as a Senior Architect. He was adored by his coworkers and they considered him a teacher, mentor, father figure, and friend. His time at BF Design was very special to him. Anthony was very fortunate and blessed to be surrounded by a loving work family with whom he shared mutual admiration. A lifetime sports fan, Anthony was a member of the 1970 NY State Little League Championship team where he was a catcher and gifted the nickname “Carmine” (for reasons unknown). Over his life, he played lacrosse, baseball, and football. He also was an avid hockey fan. As a resident of Long Island and New Jersey, he cheered for both the Islanders and the Devils. Later, Anthony played 3rd base for a Sunday Men’s Softball League. They were champions 2 years running in ’94 and ’95. Anthony loved coaching little league as well, leading his sons’ teams to widely varying levels of success. He was also an active gym member for several years where he made so many wonderful friends, all of whom he cared for very much. Anthony had many hobbies and enjoyed a variety of activities. In addition to years of coaching little league and playing sports, he also enjoyed playing his guitar and listening to country music. He had stated recently that he wished he had been born with the ability to sing, but instead he enjoyed watching his favorite show, The Voice. Anthony also was an avid reader and war historian. He was a frequent visitor to the library and always had a new book on the nightstand. He studied the American wars voraciously and was a Civil War enthusiast who enjoyed watching reenactments. At home, he loved tending to what is certainly the most abundant tomato garden in the hillside community. Anthony was also an animal lover and is survived by his beloved dogs Lucky, Layla, and Cara and his cat, Raven. Anthony was predeceased by parents, Anthony and Elizabeth Zero, his mother- in- law, Frances Castelli Musone, his sister- in- law, June Petty and his nephew and godson, Nicholas Zero. He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Margaret Musone Zero, and his beloved sons and daughter-in-law, Michael and Holly Zero, Joseph Zero and Andrew Zero. He is also survived by his brothers, Dominick Zero and Frank Zero and his sister Karen Zero Cabezudo, by his sisters and brothers in law, Paul and Elizabeth Sully, Richard and Catherine Bradley, Roseanne and Richard Tierney, Jeanne Merker and his father- in- law, Dominic Musone. Among those who will miss their Uncle Tony are his many nieces and nephews, Dominick and Katherine Zero, Alexander and Benjamin Cabezudo, Connor and Timothy Zero, Claire and Jay Miller, Peter Sully, Daniel, Kaylie and Mila Merker, and Alyssa, Julia and Ericka Tierney. He had a large and extended family, and he will be greatly missed by all of his wonderful cousins with whom he was very close. Anthony will also be missed by many, many friends, neighbors and coworkers whom he truly loved and cared for. He was known as a very honorable, humble, patient, and kind man. As he always said, put family first. He has left a void in the hearts of all of his loved ones that will never be filled, but we will all carry with us the wonderful memories he left behind and honor him by following and living by his example.
Anthony Frank Zero, age 58, of Atlantic Highlands passed away in his home on Monday, April 15, 2019. Anthony was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Massapequa Park, Long Island by Anthony and Elizabeth Zero. He was a graduate of Berner High... View Obituary & Service Information
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