|Death: ||Nov. 1, 2008|
Thursday, November 06, 2008
From the Associated Press
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - Anthony "Tony" Tarracino, a former mayor of Key West and legendary bar owner of "Captain Tony's Saloon" whose life was memorialized in a Jimmy Buffett song, died Saturday. He was 92.
Tarracino died after being hospitalized for about a week with a heart and lung condition, said his wife of 38 years, Marty Tarracino.
Anthony Tarracino came to Key West from New Jersey in 1948 with $18 in his pocket. Ten years later, he purchased a bar on Greene Street and changed its name to Captain Tony's Saloon.
Tarracino was a charter boat captain fond of telling colorful stories about the era of the mercenaries of the failed Bay of Pigs invasion. He served as Key West's mayor from 1989 to 1991.
Captain Tony's colorful life included marrying four times and fathering 13 children.
Buffett, a longtime friend, sang about Tarracino's exploits in the song "Last Mango in Paris," from the 1985 album of the same name
Viewing will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, 2008, at the Dean Lopez Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008, at St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church, with Father Baker and Father Tony Mullane officiating. A cremation will follow.
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
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Record added: Nov 06, 2008
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