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Galate, Anthony S.

Galate, Anthony S.

January 19, 1951 — January 3, 2020

Anthony "Tony" Salvatore Galate, 68, of Grain Valley, was born January 19, 1951, in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Egnazio Vincent Galate and Frances Katherine (Bascone) Galate. He departed this life into the loving arms of his lord and savior on Friday, January 3, 2020 at 8:06pm, surrounded by his family at St. Mary's Medical Center in Blue Springs.

Tony was raised in the north end area of Kansas City along side many of his Italian ancestors whose families immigrated to the United States. He attended Northeast High School and graduated with the class of 1970. After Graduation, Tony married his first wife Shirley Jean Scott (Grider) and together they had a daughter Lynda Jo. After 5 years of marriage they decided to go separate ways.

On March 4, 1977, he was united in marriage to his "Sweetheart", Joan Irene (Wise) Galate. Together they had one son, Michael Vincent. They would have celebrated their 43rd anniversary in March 2020. Tony was preceded in death by his wife, Joan (Wise) Galate, his parents, Egnazio Vincent Galate and Frances Katherine (Bascone) Galate, a Granddaughter, Tiffany Ann Elder, and a great granddaughter, Abigail Rose Bowlin.

Tony is survived by his six loving children; Lynda Jo (Keith) Churchill of Kingsville, Michael (Anne) Galate of Independence, Alexis (Tim) Davis of Lee's Summit, Janell (Rick) Dickerson of Martin City, Raymond S. Elder III of Bradenton, Florida, and Joel Wade Elder of Kansas City. Two sisters, Theresa (Bill) Broyles of Blue Springs, and Maryann (Rick) Connolly of Blue Springs, as well as a chosen son, Dr. Bryan C. (Tina) Hughes, along with 15 grandchildren, 17 great grand children and his fur grandbabies, Bobo, RJ, Nash, and Knox, other relatives; and a host of many friends.

Tony began working at a very young age. He is a self taught chef and an incredible pastry chef. Over the years he has made some pretty amazing desserts and ice carvings that showed his talent for the culinary profession. Tony started his work at the Muehlebach Hotel and then in the early 80's he accepted a job as executive chef at the Arrowhead Club in the Chiefs Stadium. He then went to work at the Allis Plaza Hotel and moved on to open Sam's Town Casino. Finally, he began working at the new Harrah's Casino where he would remain working for 20 years until his death. Tony had the pleasure of being able to hire and work with many of his family members throughout his career.

Tony was an avid fisherman all his life. His love for the sport had him constantly upgrading his equipment and eventually owning a boat and finally a kayak that he loved to take out on his days off and fish for the biggest bass! Tony had the best sense of humor and was always teasing the entire family. He was also a very talented artist. He was the best grandpa to all of his grandchildren and they brought him so much joy when they would come by for a visit. Tony has left his family with a lifetime of stories and memories that will never be forgotten. He was truly one of kind and will be missed tremendously.

Memorial contributions are suggested to:
Missouri Department of Conservation
Donations
PO Box 180
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180

Visitation will be 6-8PM, Thursday, January 9, with services 10AM, Friday, January 10, both at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Rd.; burial in Green Lawn Cemetery.

Service Information

Visitation will be 6-8PM, Thursday, January 9, with services 10AM, Friday, January 10, both at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Rd.; burial in Green Lawn Cemetery.

Galate, Anthony S.'s Guestbook

I love you. You are so missed. Keep the jokes clean!!

Kathy Galate

Prayers are sent to lift up your family during this time of celebrating a wonderful life of a patriarch. You held your family together with your smile and the love you showed daily. You will be missed dearly. I will think of you every time I see the ugly stick you convinced me to buy. I still use that 🎣 fishing pole.

Dan Lohr

We love you grandpa Toni!

Victoria Elder & Nicholas Didas

Tony was a very good person who worked hard and loved cooking and fishing. He was devoted to my cousin Joann and he will be missed by the many people whose lives he touched. Dean & Jean Barton

Dean & Jean Barton

Sending lots of love, hugs & prayers to your family. There are no words that can be said to ease your pain, but Mike & Anne please know you & your family are in my thoughts. Family is the heart of everything. Love & hugs.

Emily J Buck

It’s was a honor to have known you Sir! I promise I will always take care of your little girl! My beautiful wife! You will always be in our thought!

Keith Churchill

I worked with Tony at the casino for many years. He always made me laugh with a joke or just that silly smile. He was a great man and friend to many. My thoughts and prayers to the family.

Christina Gooseman

Thoughts and prayers for the family. You will missed greatly.

Cheryl Galate

I was so blessed to have such a wonderful, sweet, talented, loving, funny man for my dad. I enjoyed all of our adventures we took and new restaurants you took me too. I loved listening to stories and laughing. I will miss you with all my heart. I wish I could wake up from this nightmare and you be here, but I understand you missed your sweetheart. Now you can dance together for eternity. I love you to the moon and back forever dad. ❤️

Lynda Galate-Churchill

Tony, you will be greatly missed. The times that we were around you were absolutely fun and enjoyable! You have an amazing family and I know they will truly miss you, please keep watch over them as they will always still need you, especially that sweet little girl of yours.. Lynda I am proud to call my sister. Rest in Peace.

Sean and Erin Divine

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