Anthony Vaccaro 1939-2020

It is with a heavy heart and great sorrow that we announce that our founder, Anthony Vaccaro, passed away on Saturday, August 8th, 2020 surrounded by his loving family.

Tony Vaccaro, 1979
Tony Vaccaro, 1979

Those of us that had the pleasure of knowing Tony know that he was a legend. A personality larger than life, a life filled with stories of empires built, lost and rebuilt. An innovator and entrepreneur ahead of his time. When asked what his greatest accomplishment was, without hesitation, he would say “family, without that, nothing else matters”.  He was a loving father, grandfather & friend. Fiercely loyal, a man of his word, the embodiment of ethics that cannot be taught in a classroom.

Tony lived the American Dream. Someone that built something from nothing with mere grit and great sacrifice. He knew no other way and at times had no other choice. He had a natural gift of applying street-smarts and common sense to solve complex business problems. CEOs and Industry Titans would demand to meet the man whose solutions confounded their “greatest minds”, and Tony took great pleasure in it. His journey was one that truly inspires.

Tony Vaccaro with Bettaway Truck, 2020
Tony Vaccaro with Bettaway Truck, 2020

His knack for solving business problems would result in the multifaceted supply chain services company that Bettaway is today. “Every division here was built out of necessity” he once said. Tony is accredited with starting one of the first ever national 3PLs, and creating the pallet deposit program that is still widely used in the industry today. The foundation and key to these successes: his mandate of absolute transparency in business and his word was better than any binding contract.

To us, Tony was Bettaway – our founding father. Most of us didn’t know Tony early on. What we knew was the Tony of today. Sporting his matching khaki outfits, easily mistaken for a delivery driver, he was the man that happily came to the office to pick-up food donations for local churches, the guy that popped into closed door meetings to listen in and give his brilliant two cents — of course never leaving before he had a sweet treat and a cup of Joe. He floated from floor to floor saying hello to all, and when you were really lucky, he’d sit down next to you and just start talking. Never affected by his success and continually in awe of it, often describing Bettaway’s growth as “beyond his wildest dreams”. He would always say how truly blessed he was and frequently commented on how proud he was of his children. Little did he know that we were in absolute awe of him.

Tony left his mark on all of us, and unequivocally left his mark on the world. Tony may be gone but he will never be forgotten. His legacy will live on through his children, his grandchildren, and always through Bettaway.

Rest in Peace, Tony. We will forever miss you.

Tony Vaccaro in Bettaway Office, 1990
Tony Vaccaro in Bettaway Office, 1990
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