Henry Doktorski and Tony Maiorana, Toms River, New Jersey (2013)
Tony Mairana taught me how to play the accordion, first at the Hi-Way Music Studio in East Brunswick and later at his Somerset Street Studio in New Brunswick (1963-1971). He gave me a solid musical foundation which enabled me years later to perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival Orchestra, and many others. More recently I enjoyed visiting him and participating in his popular Friday Noontime Musical Performances at the Plaza Drive Shopping Mall in Toms River, New Jersey. I will miss him.--Henry Doktorski
Anthony "Tony" M. Maiorana, 81, of Toms River, NJ died on Tuesday June 23, 2015 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. He was born and raised in New Brunswick, NJ, lived in North Brunswick, NJ for over 45 years before moving to Toms River, NJ 14 years ago.
Mr. Maiorana was a professional musician and music teacher. He owned and operated the East Brunswick Academy of Music, The Franklin School of Music and later taught privately. He also performed with his own band at various venues.
He was a communicant of St. Maximilian Kolbe RC Church in Toms River, NJ. He was also a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose and The Order Sons of Italy.
Mr. Maiorana loved nothing more than to entertain people with his music. He was proud of his family and proud of his Italian heritage. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Mr. Maiorana was predeceased by his parents Angelo and Gaetana Maiorana and his brother Philip Maiorana.
He is survived by his wife of over 58 years Madaline "Midge" Maiorana; his two daughters Melinda Dericks and her husband Paul of Toms River, NJ and Lori Crouch and her husband Richard of North Brunswick, NJ; three grandchildren Matthew, Jessica and Kellie Crouch.
The family will receive friends on Sunday June 28, 2015 from 4-8pm at the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals 145 St. Catherine Blvd. Toms River, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday June 29, 2015 at 10:30am at St. Maximilian Kolbe RC Church Toms River, NJ. Entombment will follow to St. Joseph Cemetery Toms River, NJ. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 or www.stjude.org. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.ryanfuneralhome.com.
Published in Home News Tribune & Asbury Park Press on June 27, 2015