(Jan. 16) Anthony Francis Colagiovanni, lead buyer for Ephrata, Pa.-based Four Seasons Produce Inc., died Jan. 11 after a year-long fight against leukemia.
Colagiovanni committed his entire career to the produce industry, starting with the Reiderâs Stop-n-Shop, Solon, Ohio, in 1972. He was with Reiderâs for 26 years, leaving the company in 1998 as director of produce operations and head buyer. He joined Four Seasons in 2000 as a member of its buying team and was promoted to lead buyer in 2005.
âAnybody who knows Tony knows that he comes with just an infectious attitude â a positive one,â said Ron Carkoski, president and chief executive officer of Four Seasons. âPeople liked Tony, liked to work for him and liked to work with him.â
Carkoski said Colagiovanniâs experience in retail with Reiderâs helped both Four Seasonsâ retail and wholesale customers.
He continued to work following his diagnosis in February 2007. As his disease progressed and the treatments got more intense, he worked when he could, Carkoski said. Colagiovanniâs last day with the company was in early October.
âHe had a lot of support from our vendors, associates and buyers,â Carkoski said. âHis wife, Holly, when she called me to tell me of his passing, said that they had both talked about how there was a reason he was with Four Seasons when this happened, and that they couldnât have gotten through it without the industry.â
One of Four Seasonsâ transportation services donated a weeklong stay in a villa on a beach, which Four Seasons raffled to raise $8,000 for Colagiovanniâs family.
âIt was all done through the industry, through our customers and associates,â Carkoski said. âTony absolutely loved working here, not just because of Four Seasons but because of the whole industry and his customers and coworkers.â
Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Holly; and three children, Jason, Gina and Antonette.
Funeral services were scheduled for Jan. 18 at Monreal Funeral Home in Eastlake, Ohio.