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Anthony “Tony” Giovannitti, husband, father, brother, uncle, friend; 70, of Fayetteville, Georgia, passed away in Griffin, Georgia on Saturday, January 29th, 2022 after a long illness. Tony was born on December 10, 1951 in Camden, New Jersey to the late Angelina (Barbatto) and Frederico Giovannitti.
He received his BA degree from Gannon University and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from New Mexico State University. In 2018, Tony retired from Clayton State University (CSU) where he had worked for 14 years as Professor of Mathematics, Chair/Department Head of Mathematics, and Interim Dean of the College of Information and Mathematical Sciences. Prior to working at CSU, Tony taught at the University of West Georgia, the University of Southern Mississippi, Cal State – Long Beach, and New Mexico State University. He loved teaching mathematics, even as his career took him into administration.
Everyone that knew Tony loved him. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was often smiling or laughing. Kind, diplomatic, nonjudgmental, compassionate and loving, he tended to look at the bright side of situations and see the best in others. Tony loved spending time with his family and friends and being by the ocean. He also liked to golf, read, complete crossword puzzles, play board games, and travel. Tony was extremely proud of his Italian heritage and absolutely adored his big, loving family.
Tony was predeceased in death by his parents, brother Joe Giovannitti, sister Janine Fout, father-in-law F. Joseph Pelletier, brothers-in law Harry Smith and Marc Pelletier, and sisters-in-law Mariann Giovannitti and Beth Griggs.
He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Kim Pelletier, daughter Christin (Don) Kotula, son Gabriel Giovannitti, granddaughter Ellie Johnson Kotula, brothers Fred Giovannitti, Carlo (Mary Ellen) Giovannitti, and Tom (Maxine) Giovannitti, sisters Concetta Smith, Maria (Craig) Tahamont, and Ann (Robert) Jensen, mother-in-law Elizabeth Pelletier, brothers-in-law Al (Sharon) Fout, Bob (Karen) Goldman, and Steven Griggs, sisters-in-law Adina Giovannitti and Mary (Charles) Douglas, and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
A celebration of Tony’s life will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the Fayette Humane Society, P.O. Box 244, Fayetteville, GA 30214 or at FayetteHumane.org. The Giovannitti family is being assisted by Georgia Cremation, 1086 Hwy 54 W, Fayetteville.