SW Sewer District Commissioner Tony Genzale, Of Burien, Dies of Cancer

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Southwest Suburban Sewer District Commissioner and longtime Burien resident Tony Genzale, a well-known owner of produce markets in the Highline area, died early Saturday morning (Dec. 4) after a battle with cancer.

Mr. Genzale, who was first elected to the sewer district commission in November 2003, was Vice President of the board at the time of his death. His current six-year term was to expire on Dec. 31, 2015.

In his biography at the sewer district’s website, www.swssd.com, Mr. Genzale said:

“I am a longtime resident of Burien, having lived here since 1966. I’ve spent my life supporting Burien, as have three generations of Genzale’s since the days of Genzale Family Farm Fresh Fruits & Vegetable over 72 years ago. I’ve dedicated my life to this area, 7 days a week 15 hours a day.”

Early in this decade, he owned Tony’s Market at SW 128th St. and Ambaum Blvd. SW, which specialized in Italian foods as well as fresh produce in the space now occupied by Goodwill Industries.

Many of his customers followed him to West Seattle when he later opened a produce stand at 35th Ave. SW and SW Barton St.

The election of Mr. Genzale helped stabilize commission management of the sewer district after a contentious period that ended when one incumbent commissioner was recalled by the ratepayers and another was defeated – by Mr. Genzale – in the next election.

At the time, he wrote, “I plan to continue bringing to the table the sound business logic that has enabled me to own and operate my own business all these years. I feel that it’s my obligation to be a representative of the ratepayers — insuring that any expenses occurring during my term will be valid and honest.”

His family posted the following message earlier today at CaringBridge.org:

Dear Family and Friends,

Just after midnight our beloved Anthony was called home to God.  He was surrounded by loving family and friends and died peacefully.  Through the sadness of this loss, I am comforted knowing he is no longer in pain.  I’m sure he was welcomed by Mooshie, Papa, Diane, and all our loved ones who have died.

We are in the process of making funeral arrangements and will post the information as soon as possible.

For now, your prayers are greatly appreciated.

If you have a story or memory of Tony to share please add it to the guestbook (at www.caringbridge.org/visit/anthonygenzale).

Thank you for your continued support.

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4 Responses to “SW Sewer District Commissioner Tony Genzale, Of Burien, Dies of Cancer”
  1. Rainycity says:

    Wow, bummer. He was the friendliest guy. He always came up and gave my kids honey sticks whenever we went to his market.

  2. Burienite says:

    I have many memories of going to one of Tony’s produce stands. I remember the great stand he constructed at Ambaum and 148th Street in Burien. My family also used to buy our Christmas trees from him as well.

    RIP Tony

  3. Eaton B. Verz says:

    Tony was a great guy. Helped many people. Very generous and trusting. Godspeed my friend…..

  4. Really? says:

    Tony, You DID make a difference and will be missed. Thank you.

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