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Cpt. Anthony M. Rybarczyk, U.S. Navy (retired), 80, passed away on June 25, 2016.

He was born in West Hazleton, Pa., the son of the late Anthony and Mary Rybarczyk. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers.

Tony enlisted in the Navy upon graduation from high school and was serving as a radioman first class when he was selected for commissioning as an ensign. He rose through the ranks to the grade of captain and was very proud to have command three Navy ships. He retired from the Navy after more than 35 years of service. His many awards included the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with combat “V” and the Combat Action Ribbon.

After retiring from the Navy, Tony was the Athletic Director at Norfolk Catholic High School and later became a deputy sheriff with the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office.

Tony was a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College, the Naval War College and the University of Rhode Island. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the MOAA, the Norfolk Sports Club and the Honey Bee Senior Men’s Golf Association.

Tony enjoyed life to the fullest, but nothing in life gave him more joy than his family. They were his greatest treasure. He loved cooking for family dinners every Sunday and on holidays. Being surrounded by family was his ultimate pleasure. Tony knew death was near, but he had no fear of dying. His only regret was leaving his loving family.

Tony is survived by Peggy, his loving wife of 52 years; daughter, Judy Pugsley (Rick) and grandchildren Andrew, Caitlyn and Matthew; son, Anthony (Wendy) and grandchildren Victoria and Nicholas; daughter, Barbara Henderson (Dale) and grandchildren Evan and Jacob, all of Virginia Beach, Va. In addition, he is survived by his brother, Richard, of Hazleton, Pa.

A celebration of Tony’s life will be held at St. Mark’s Catholic Church on Friday, July 8, 2016. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. followed by a mass at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Tony’s memory may be sent to the National Shrine of St. Jude, Claretian Missionaries, 205 W. Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60606.