Anthony William Malesic, 1941-2009

Anthony William Malesic, 67, of Enhaut, died Sunday, June 7, 2009 in MS Hershey Medical Center.

Tony Malesic

Tony Malesic, age 32, in Dec 1973, between Bolivia and assignment to Laos

Tony Malesic, aka “Sonny,” was a skilled and licensed Amateur Radio Operator before graduating from Bishop McDevitt High School in 1960. Besides being a “Ham Radio Guy” throughout his life as K3BHL and later as H18XDF, another early passion was sports cars, and was one of the original members of the Tuscarora Sports Car Club. He served in the US Army in Vietnam before entering the Central Intelligence Agency, serving as a Communications Officer, stateside and overseas.

He retired after more than 32 years of service to his country highlighted by citations and awards for outstanding service and contributions, including the CIA’s Intelligence Commendation Medal. During those years he completed many temporary assignments at American Facilities and Embassies before permanent assignments in Indonesia, Sierra Leone, the Philippines, Bolivia, Laos, Guinea, the Dominican Republic and Romania, retiring from his last position in Washington, DC to return to Enhaut and his family.

He was a member of Prince of Peace Roman Catholic Parish, Steelton and St. Aloysius Lodge No. 42 KSKJ. He is survived by his former wife, Suzanne Gary Malesic of Charles Town, WV; his son, Matthew Anton Malesic of Clifton, VA; his parents, Anthony J. and Mary E. Kocevar Malesic of Enhaut; uncles, aunts, and many devoted cousins and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial was concelebrated on Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 11:00 am in Prince of Peace- Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church with Rev. Edward J. Malesic, his cousin, and Rev. James M. Lyons, his Pastor, as concelebrants. Burial was in Resurrection Cemetery, conducted by wiedemanfuneralhome.com


June 12, 2009

“Sonny,” you were the best “older guy cousin” a girl could have. When I was a preschooler and your mom babysat me you taught me how to handle box turtles and pea shooters. I looked forward to your coming home from school each day. When I was about 10 you put those awesome earphones on me and I heard rock and roll like I never heard it before. When I turned 21 you were the first guy to buy me a drink at a bar–a Singapore Sling!! I can still see that amused look on your face when the bartender set it in front of me and pointed out who sent it over. Will never forget you.
Pennie (Malesic) Vattilano


June 12, 2009
I worked with Tony from 1971 thru 1972 and he was one of the best guys I ever worked with. I know he must be setting NCS. God Bless you Tony.
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Dick Haythorn,
Locust Grove, Virginia


June 11, 2009
Please accept the condolences of a friend and colleague.
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Robert Klawansky,
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania


June 11, 2009
Tony and I spent a year together on top of the Himalayan Mountains in Iran 70 & 71. It was particularly exciting since I too am from the Harrisburg area. I did not know Tony before that time. When we returned from our tour, he invited my wife, Carol, and me to his wedding. Sadly, we lost contact over the years. Last year, April 2008, I found him and we exchanged info bringing each up to date with our lives with a vow to stay in touch. Again, sadly, neither of us followed up and now he is gone.

What I remember most about Tony was his wit and quick smile. He must have some pix of us cavorting with the Persian Shepard pups at base camp. Perhaps some of us sharing a martini at the bar after a long day in ops. He and I were the only two on duty and awake the night the 8.4 earthquake hit us. He made the time go fast for us on that mountain top. The memories came flooding back last year when we exchanged emails. He even sent me an updated pix of the old site in Iran.

I had no idea he was suffering with diabetes. He never said a word. This is typical of what I remember most about him; a gentleman who put most others ahead of himself. Please accept our sincere condolences. We are certain he will be missed, but that he has left a legacy that others can only hope to achieve.
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Rodney & Carol Ward,
Pinehurst, North Carolina


June 11, 2009
A terrible shock to hear of Tony’s passing. He and Suzanne were always the life of the party when we first met in Bucharest. As has already been mentioned, he had a great sense of humor and always had a joke or some trick up his sleeve to make one laugh. Our deepest sympathy goes to his parents, Suzanne, and to Matthew who had to make that final, heart-wrenching decision. Prayers and peace to you all.
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Marty & Jean Savalchak,
Blue Hill, Maine


June 11, 2009
Sorry to hear the news. The Wheeler’s took joy in including Tony and Suzanne in many family gatherings and memorable weddings. Our prayers are with you.

 

Linda and Tom Wheeler Jr. (Monrovia, MD)
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Tom Wheeler,
Monrovia, Maryland


June 11, 2009
I first met Tony in the amembassy in Bucharest. He was a wonderful colleague and great friend. Many late nights trying to entertain the communist “listeners” and, of course, ourselves. Tony & Mary, I wish you all the comfort your friends and family have to offer and thank you for giving us a great friend in Tony (Sonny). Matthew, Tony lives in you and for this we all can be greatful. He was proud of you and loved the fact you inherited his wry, clever sense of humor…not to mention his kindness and ability to be a good friend.
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Sulynn Taylor,
Charles Town, West Virginia


June 11, 2009
I only so saw Tony a few times during his life at family gatherings, usually weddings, but I always enjoyed his stories. I thought it was too cool to have a cousin in the CIA – especially, as a kid growing up 21 years his junior. I took Spanish in high school with the intent of visiting Suzanne and Tony in the Dominican Republic, but time got away from us and Tony was on to another grand assignment.

 

You all are in my prayers.
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Burnie Berry,
Douglasville, Georgia


June 10, 2009
I never met Tony in person, but I spent hours and hours communicating with him through the Internet (we once had arranged to meet in person, but it fell through). He was a well-respected historian and researcher into the history of piracy. He would take a lot of time to help answer questions and research information for others. Even more importantly perhaps, he had set up an email network for those interested in the history of piracy and privateering. Through this network, many of us met and made friends with other historians and researchers. Also, Tony had a wicked sense of humor, and gave me many a laugh.
I’m very happy to have “met” Tony. I gained a lot of knowledge and insight directly from him, and also because of the network he set up. He will be greatly missed.
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Christine Lampe,
Riverside, California


June 10, 2009
Tony was one of the most unique people I ever knew. I was put in touch with him, initially, while conducting some pirate research – as Tony was a living, breathing history book, himself! Through working together on some research we ended up becoming friends. I’ll never forget his sense of humor, or his willingness to go out on a limb for anybody, anytime. He was a true friend to all who knew him!
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Tamara J. Eastman, Petersburg, Virginia
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Tamara Eastman,
Petersburg, Virginia


June 10, 2009
Tony was the coolest brother-in-law ever. I remember him dating my older sister back in 1970 and wearing a shoulder pistol strap under his sports jacket!
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Jay Gary,
Virginia Beach, Virginia


June 10, 2009
I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you. May you find some comfort during this time.
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Stephanie Risser,
Lititz, Pennsylvania


June 10, 2009
“I have great memories of Tony, and him in his Lotus, and the rest of us in our Healeys, Triumphs, MGs & Porsches, tearing up the back roads in Central PA. God’s peace to all.”
A fellow veteran, Greg Gaffney, Hummelstown, PA
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GREG GAFFNEY,
HUMMELSTOWN, Pennsylvania


June 10, 2009
Tony & Mary: As you know Gini and I have many happy memories of “Sonny”. From sitting on the porch watching the world go by tooling around in his favorite sports car. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Gini & Chris
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Chris Gersic,
Cincinnati, Ohio


June 10, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
~
Ed Dyer,
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

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