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Meet Tony Triglione
Our Beloved Founder and Source of Inspiration
“No matter how complex the world has become, one person can still make a big difference.”
Born in 1925, Tony grew up very poor in Somerville as the eldest of four children. His father passed away when Tony was ten. Throughout his young life, Tony worked multiple jobs after school to help support his family.
When World War II arrived, Tony left high school to join the Navy despite his mother’s misgivings. During the four years he served he dutifully sent his pay home to help with his family’s expenses.
Following the war, Tony returned to Somerville and worked as a mechanic. He dreamed of opening his own business but he did not have the money. Discouraged, Tony confided in his mother. She then took him to a bureau drawer. To his amazement she presented him with all his Navy pay. She had saved every last bit. She gave this money to Tony, and with it, he opened a gas station in Woburn.
The gas station thrived, but the days were long. Tony wanted to start a new business so he could spend more time with his growing family. He sold the gas station and in 1955 opened his first auto parts store. Other stores followed, and Tony became the largest retailer of NAPA auto parts in New England.
Based on Tony’s experience with childhood poverty and his religious faith, he founded the Mission of Deeds in 1993 to provide beds, furniture, and housewares to those in need. He was our first president and principal supporter throughout his life.
Tony passed away in 2011 at the age of 85. He stayed active at Mission of Deeds right to the very end. Today, we celebrate his legacy with each and every family served, forever inspired by his kind heart and generous spirit.
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