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Anthony DeWitt Ostrom
Anthony DeWitt Ostrom, age 87, of Amelia Island, Florida, passed away peacefully in Hospice Care on November 22, 2022 surrounded by family.
Tony was born on March 4, 1935, in Brooklyn, New York, to his father Warren Ostrom and his mother, Virginia (Crisfield) Ostrom and soon after resided in Roslyn & Manhasset, New York. Tony was married to Doris Chester on April 7, 1962 and enjoyed fifty years of marriage until Doris’ death in 2012.
Tony graduated Roslyn High School in the class 1953, attended Hebron Academy located in Maine as a postgraduate, and graduated from Colby College in 1958. He was a member of multiple clubs and teams as well as Secretary for Delta Upsilon fraternity. Tony spoke fondly about his years at Colby College where his friends nicknamed him “the penguin” because of a tuxedo jacket he wore to parties.
After college, Tony served as an artillery officer in the Army and attended the Officers Cadet School. Tony entered the Tiffany & Co manager training program and became a personnel manager & then merchandise manager in New York. In 1965, he became Division Vice President & Branch Manager of Tiffany’s Chicago store. In the mid 70’s, Tony joined Tiffany’s executive team and worked his way up from Corporate Vice President to President & Chief Operating Officer. In 1985, Tony was appointed as Vice President & Branch Manager where he oversaw the completion and opening of the Tiffany store in Copley Square, Boston. Tony had many professional and personal associations including: Director Back Bay Association, Mass and Rhode Island Jewelers, Boston Jewelers; Vice President, Boston Opera Association; USS Constitution restoration group. Tony finished out his career in 1998 after 38 years at Tiffany.
Tony loved sports, the outdoors, and endeavored to engage his two boys, Jon & Craig in many activities including ice hockey, soccer, swimming, lacrosse, and sailing & sail boat racing. Dad was a proud member of the Chicago Yacht Club, the Noroton Yacht Club in Darien, CT, and Hull Yacht Club, in Hull, MA.
After retiring, Tony and Doris split their time between Melvin Village, NH and Amelia Island, FL where they enjoyed swimming & golfing and formed strong friendships in both communities. Tony spent many years active in the Amelia Island Property Owner’s Association Board of Directors as Chairman of the Walker’s Landing House Committee with his long-time friend Paul Kayser. Tony was a valued member of the community for 25 years and participated in and led many projects to improve his community, including the refurbishment of historic Walker’s Landing. Walker’s Landing is adorned with a plaque thanking Tony and the Walker’s Landing Committee members for their valued work and dedication.
Tony is survived by his sons, Craig Ostrom & wife Christia, and Jon Ostrom & wife Lindsay; grandchildren Coral & husband Brent Donnelly, Aaron Ostrom, Eli NotarasLara, Reed and Riley Ostrom; Great-grandchildren, Ava, Sean, and Conor Donnelly; and lastly his brother Roger Ostrom & wife Linda. Tony is predeceased by his loving wife Doris Ostrom.
A small service will be held in Hingham, Massachusetts in the summer where Tony and Doris will be laid to rest overlooking Hingham Harbor.