Anthony Richard Espuga, also known as Tony, died peacefully on Monday, July 10. He was 78.

He was born on Oct. 27, 1938 in Elizabeth, N.J. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and is a graduate of Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He worked at GAB-Robbins as an insurance claims manager for 42 years.

Tony enjoyed camping with his family and enjoyed many years in the Poconos. Tony and his wife, Beverly, enjoyed their wonderful house on Martha’s Vineyard. He also enjoyed attending New Jersey Devil hockey games with his children and grandchildren as well as attending their sporting events.

He was active in the community, participating in scouting, coaching and church. He attended the Community United Methodist Church in Roselle Park as well as the United Methodist Church on Martha’s Vineyard.

He enjoyed his family and friends and was always willing to lend a hand to those in need.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly James Espuga; his sister, Dolores Vitiello; his children, Richard and his wife Jacqueline, David and his wife Michele and Robert and his wife Kerrie; grandchildren Nicholas, Daniel, Alyssa, Ashley, Ryan and Kyle, and great-grandchild Cole.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his name to Hope Hospice, P.O. Box 4188, Vineyard Haven MA 02568, Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living, P.O. Box 1729, Vineyard Haven MA 02568, Community United Methodist Church Roselle Park 301 Chestnut St., Roselle Park, NJ 07204 or United Methodist Church of Martha’s Vineyard, P.O. Box 2580, Oak Bluffs MA 02557.

Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home in Oak Bluffs. An online guestbook is available at