John A. Anthony, Sr., 78

John A. Anthony, Sr., 78, of East Lampeter, Lancaster, passed away on Saturday, April 13, 2013 following a stroke at Hospice & Community Care. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Helen Anthony, his children John Anthony, Jr., of Las Vegas, NV, Shannon Anthony, of Chadds Ford, PA, Catherine Foy, of Davenport, IO and a granddaughter, Aria Anthony.

John was a lifelong musician, animal lover and avid pool player.

A Memorial will be held this summer in Harrisburg, his birthplace.  To send the family online condolences, please visit Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory 717-393-9661

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John was a dear friend, always positive, always a gentleman.

Our years spent making music and making friends with other musicians will never be forgotten. John’s last rehearsal with me, steve and cheryl last saturday was a wonderful fun day with John doing what he loved.

Helen, Shannon and John Jr. I count you as family and celebrate John as a life well lived. I will miss him.

yours always, pat krushinsky

To the Anthony family my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Had a lot of great memories with John growing up as Shannon ‘s friend. Keep the memories in your heart time will heel the pain.John and my dad will be reunited again.

Sorry for your loss

Matt Yohn

Dear    Aunt Helen, cousin Shannon, John and Catherine,
      My prayers and thoughts are with you, I have fond memories of Uncle John and all his music and how wonderful it was as he would get all to laugh and enjoy a story or two. Growing up and visiting with Uncle John was always exciting, I will miss him .He will be missed by us all.  My prayers and thoughts to each of you at this time. Please let us know about the service this summer to celebrate Uncle Johns life .  Love Chris Anthony  (Samuel Anthony’s daughter)

Dear Aunt Helen, cousins Shannon, John and Kitty,
You are all in my thoughts, and you have my prayers.  Uncle John was fun to be with, and I always expected the unexpected!  He was so sweet to bring his band and play at my wedding all those years ago.  I’ll always remember the big white hat he wore while playing the drums! My mother truely loved her little brother, and I know that they are happily reunited.  Please let the family know when Uncle John’s service will be this summer. Diana McClay (Gloria Anthony Krafchek’s daughter)

John & I worked together for one whole year, 6 nights per week with Ronnie Kalina at the Landing just off the Market St. Bridge. That was perhaps the most memorable year I ever spent as a musician. I could never forget that bubling personality. I love you, John.
                             Ray Matula
   For a copy of our trio back then, email me at

Dear Family of John,

I have only known John for a short time. I worked with him at Amelia’s.  My mornings were brighter when John was in. A kind man with a joke and a smile.  Always willing to lend a hand where ever needed. He is sadly missed. One would have never guessed his age.  He was certainly a young man at heart. My thoughts and prayers go to you all at this time of loss.

Dawn Safko

Dear Aunt Helen, Shannon, John and Kitty:

Heartfelt condolences from the Krafchek and Gabster families in Arlington, Virginia.  We all have very fond memories over the years of our Uncle John.  Please let us know when you have details for this summer’s service in Harrisburg.  Our prayers are with you all.  – Ken Krafchek (Gloria Anthony Krafchek’s son.)

I was so sad to hear about John. He was my first drum teacher way back in 1989. He taught me so much about the drums and invited me to his gigs. Over the years we lost touch with each other but I can still picture his ever-present smile. He was a fun person to be around, always had a joke, and he’ll be missed. The world will be a lesser place without him.

Jim Garlitz

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