on June 19, 2014 - 9:35 PM
July 3, 1950 – June 17, 2014
Anthony M. “Tony” Grisanti, a longtime judo instructor and president and owner of Grow With Us Day Care on Niagara Street in Buffalo, died unexpectedly Tuesday in his office. He was 63.
Born in Buffalo, he was a 1968 graduate of Kenmore West High School. After earning an associate’s degree in electrical systems from Erie Community College, he became facilities engineer at Hauptman Woodward Medical Research Institute.
He took up judo as a youngster with his late father, Salvatore, his sister and his brothers. After obtaining his black belt, he and his family opened the Kin Tora Martial Arts Center in 1974.
In 1997, he and his nephew, Nicholas Rastelli, opened Grow With Us Day Care. With his brother, Martin, he expanded it to two facilities serving more than 120 children.
He became an international judo referee, traveling to tournaments in England, France, Germany, Brazil and Abu Dhabi. He achieve the rank of Rokudan sixth-degree black belt.
He was vice president of New York State Judo Inc. and president of the Niagara Yudanshakai Black Belt Association.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, the former Joyce Herkimer; two stepsons, Robert Gugino and William Gugino; his mother, Doris; two brothers, Martin and Robert; and a sister, Carol Rastelli.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Immanuel Lutheran Church, 107 Scott St., City of Tonawanda.