Anthony R. DiBona, Captain, Quincy Police Department, Retired, age 65

of Braintree

Anthony R. DiBona, Captain, Quincy Police Department, Retired, age 65

Braintree, Anthony R. DiBona, Captain, Quincy Police Department, Retired, age 65, of Braintree, formerly of Quincy, died unexpectedly and peacefully, Thursday, December 20, 2018, in the comfort of his home.

Tony was born in Quincy to the late Louis G. and Jeanne M. (Salisbury) DiBona. Raised in Braintree, he was a graduate of Braintree High School, Class of 1971, and also graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston. He later earned two Master’s degrees; a Criminal Justice Master’s from Anna Maria College and a Master’s in Law Enforcement from Northeastern University. He had lived in Braintree the past seventeen years, previously in Quincy for eighteen years.

Tony was proudly involved in law enforcement for forty years. He was appointed to the Quincy Police Department on August 31, 1981, promoted to Sergeant on April 17, 1987, Lieutenant on June 3, 1993 and to the rank of Captain on December 22, 2004. He recently retired on September 30, 2018 after thirty-seven years of service in Quincy. He had previously worked as a patrolman with the Braintree Police Department for several years.

He was well-respected by his peers and was always a champion for the underdog.

Tony loved books, was an avid reader, and had a knack for investments. He enjoyed ballroom dancing, playing the trumpet, and painting. He was an active fitness enthusiast and runner. In high school, he had excelled on the track team.

He was a member of the Quincy Police Superior Officers Association, the Massachusetts Police Association, and the Quincy Lodge of Elks.

Most of all, Tony’s passion was for his family. He was first devoted to his late parents and his sisters; later, his wife and most especially, to his sons. Kids first, he actively supported all their many activities and accomplishments.

Together for sixteen years, Tony was the beloved husband of Audrey Jean (Samara) DiBona.

Devoted father of Anthony M. DiBona of Quincy and Christian D. Wybieracki of Braintree.

Loving brother of Cheryl A. Authelet and her husband Keith of Cumberland, Rhode Island, Diane M. Lutz and her partner Paul H. Frazier, Chief, Braintree Police Department, Retired of Braintree.

Dear uncle of Kayla, Michelle, Jonathan, Sarah, and Jenna.

Son-in-law of Janice E. (Ross) Samara of Worcester and the late Randolph G. Samara.

Brother-in-law of Sharon Moore, her husband Charles and family of Worcester; Elaine Stratton, her husband Michael and family of Shrewsbury.

Lifelong best friend of Paul Dowd, Lieutenant, Braintree Police Department, Retired, his wife Paula and family of Braintree.

Tony is also survived by many law enforcement colleagues and friends.

Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, Friday, December 28th at 9 a.m. Funeral Mass in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy at 10 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting Hours at the funeral home Thursday 4 – 8 p.m. Interment Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Tony’s memory may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Memorial Contributions, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 022284-9168 or to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517.


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  • Words can never describe the impact you had on those you touched throughout life.

    God Bless our friend,

    QPD brothers and sisters

  • Diane,

    We are so sorry to hear about your brother, Tony. Please know that Tony, and you and your family, are in our prayers.

    With love,
    Harvey and Mary

  • Husband of my dear friend Audrey who is in my choir at St Catherine’s in Braintree. Love and condolences to Audrey and the entire family. May his memory be eternal.

  • DiBona Family, (Di, Cheryl, Audrey and little A )
    I am sorry for your loss, I’m so sad that I lost another great neighbor and a best friend. Big A was like a brother to me, We spent a lot of good times together, raising our children from tots to young adults.
    I knew Anthony and the family for over 40 years. Enjoyed cooking him his chicken parm. dinners,
    He will be sadly missed, Big A Please give Penn and Jean a hug for me, Rest In Peace.

  • My heart is broken after hearing about the loss of a great friend. Anthony was my answer man. Whenever I was loss for an answer he guided me. I spent many hours working beside him and valued every minute of it. He so often gave me insight to Ernest Hemingway story of The Old Man and the Sea. A story about life and how an old man catches a great fish and has to battle off sharks while the fish hangs from the side of his boat. It became my favorite book. Like this story Anthony expressed compassionate appreciation for the fishes adversity often referring him to a brother. Truly a story about life. Anthony you were a gentle man and I will miss you greatly. We are praying for Audrey and your family.

  • Audrey, Anthony, Christian and family,

    Words truly fail. Tony was really one of a kind. We were sworn in on the same day and have been friends ever since. He valued friendships and never turned on you, no matter what. I am so thankful that I got to see him at the retirement diner last month. We made plans to go out after Christmas. He hugged me and said “I still love you you know!” That was Tony and he leaves a legacy of always helping others, kindness and integrity
    Peace to the Memory of this Good and Decent man
    Tom Bolinder
    QPD Ret.

  • My condolences to all of the DiBona family, Mr. DiBona’s friends and colleagues. Thank You for your service as a police officer.

  • To The Entire DiBona Family;
    Pleases accept my deepest condolences on the loss of Anthony. He was a great man. He will be forever missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
    God Bless,
    Joe Lowry

  • To the DiBona Family,

    My wife and I are so sorry for your loss. We’ve known Tony since 1981. He was admired and respected by all who knew him. People will deservedly praise Tony as a great police officer and he certainly was but more importantly he was a great friend. As Mark Twain said, “You meet people who forget you. You forget people you meet. But sometimes you meet those people you can’t forget. Those are your friends.”

    Tony our friend was loved, respected, and will never be forgotten.

  • So very sorry to hear prayers for his family GREAT GUY. RIP.

  • To the family of Tony my sincere condolences and prayers at this time of the year stay strong that is what Tony would want.Will miss seeing him at breakfast at Sam’s.
    Dick Laracy Quincy/Naples Fl.

  • To the DiBona Family I want to send my sincerest condolences. I ran into Tony last summer at HNK and had a great conversation with him. It had been over 40 years since I talked to Tony. He was a great trumpet player when i met him in the 70’s. We were in a 9 piece band together called Meadowbrook. We had a great time touring around New England playing small and large venues as well. We realized we would be starving musicians with Tony’s love law for enforcement he followed his dreams. I am really saddened to hear of Tony’s passing. I would like to send the DiBona family our blessings.
    God Bless
    Bob Azanow
    Holbrook, MA

  • DiBona family-

    I am sorry for your loss. I will never forget Big A. When I think of him I think of how he never wanted me to feel left out when I was younger. He would always invite me along when he took Lil A and Billy to movies or bike rides. He always would tell me I was a strong person but would still always look out for me. He was such a kind great person that will be missed by many.

    Love, Krystal

  • My condolences to the DiBona family. May the support of family and friends and your treasured memories comfort you during this sad time and may the promise of an “earthly resurrection” in God’s word give you peace and hope. Acts 24:15

  • Dear Audrey and Boys,

    Sending our love and prayers hoping to give you some comfort during this sad time. You are in our hearts.

  • My deepest condolences to the DiBona family. Big A wasn’t just a friend, He felt like a uncle to me. He was always there to talk to. When i was younger and knocking on his door to go for a bike ride he was more than willing to take his bike out. When he was sitting out front on his porch reading a book like he loved to do, he would still take the time to talk with me about anything and always said if i put my mind to it i can do it. Big A always put everyone else before himself and watched out for all of us. You will be missed by many.


  • Speaking for my late Mom & Dad, Regina & QPD Detective Paul, Capt DiBona was a great shipmate & role model for all of us. Please accept our families deepest condolences.