Tony Cavalli

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Anthony Frederick Cavalli
21 Jul 1947 - 23 Jul 2020
El Camino Reelers
Foggy City Dancers
Midnight Squares
Western Star Dancers


A San Francisco native, Anthony (Tony) Cavalli passed away suddenly on July 23rd, 2020 at his home at the age of 73. Tony is survived by his wife, Ann Cavalli. Tony, the youngest of three children, born July 21, 1947 to Antonio L. Cavalli (dec) and Vera M. Christopher (dec). Tony is preceded in death by his older brother, Robert E. Cavalli (Nettie); and survived by his loving sister, Shirley Cavalli Korm; nieces Julie O'Keefe, Susan Mantell (Robert) and nephews Daniel Cavalli. He was a granduncle to Bernadette O'Keefe (Jim), Michael McCarter (Nikki) and a great grand uncle to Aleister Miles and Zoe Rose McCarter and many cousins. Tony attended St. Pauls grammer school; Riordan H.S. and in 1974 graduated from S.F. State University with a B.A. degree and credential in Early Childhood/ Elementary Education which lead to a long teaching career with the San Francisco Unified School District.

Tony loved dancing, ballroom and especially square dancing, some of the square dance clubs they danced with were the Tam Twirlers, Buzzin' Boots, Foggy City, Caper Cutters, and many others. Tony and Ann traveled to over 60 countries. He will truly be missed by many. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Disabled American Vets in honor of Tony Cavalli.

There will be no services held.[1]


It is with great sadness to inform you that our wonderful friend and fellow dancer Tony Cavalli passed away this past Thursday, July 23rd. Tony loved people, dancing, chatting and was a friend to all of us. He brought energy and so much life wherever he went. Ann, Tony's wife asked me to pass this message to all of you.
"Please let Tony's friends at your clubs know. There will be a huge hole in our dance community and our hearts.Tony will be greatly missed by all."
— Sandi

We learned today that Tony's death was not covid-related; as Ann told Gary this morning, "His heart finally gave out. We were together 39 years." The attached pictures, courtesy of Ann and Gary, run the gamut from their wedding to last month; Ann recently discovered that Tony had a nice singing voice, and Sandi took pictures of them doing karaoke together at their home in June.
Several of you have already sent messages expressing your sorrow. If you would like to send condolences directly to Ann, their address is 218 - 29th St, SF 94131.
Russ King

Ann - I am sending my thoughts to you at this time. I will miss Tony at all of the dances. I know all of us will. He always asked if I needed a partner. He was such a thoughtful person. I enjoyed his little reflections between tips. He told me that he liked to travel and he really enjoyed going to the square dance festivals where people had lots of energy. I will remember those happy times.
— Deborah Levin

Dear Ann-Whenever I saw either of you at any dance event it made me so happy. You are both such wonderful, friendly people and it was always a joy to be with either of you. Tony was my dance partner many times and what a treat it was to dance with or talk with him. When I was a newbie he was always so encouraging and helpful. We will miss him so much and want you to know that we are sending loving and healing energy your way. Much affection, Debbie and Terry
— Debbie Bellings-Kee

Ann, so sorry to hear about Tony’ passing. We always enjoyed dancing with you two and hearing your stories. Please accept our condolences.
— Larry & Diane Rich

From Facebook:
He will be missed. He danced with me for over 20 years. First with the 49ers in San Francisco. — Arlene Scallon

Tony had a special kind of friendly. He always made you feel important to him. Jim and I can’t believe he’s gone from our lives. — Arlene Scallon

He was a great dancer and a good friend. He will be missed. — Peter Camarda

Oh no! Such a wonderful soul and a polite and proficient dance partner. We are very sad. — Lee Ann Vojvoda

So sad such a wonderful person, he will be deeply missed, Rest In Peace my friend. — Evie Kaefer

What a gentle soul. Always friendly. I'll miss him. — Steve Kelem

God Bless my friend TONY for many many many years God Bless his loving wife Ann in her and all his special friends in their time of mourning — Mike Luna

So sorry to have to say goodbye to Tony. He will be missed. — Mike Pogue



  1. Dignity Memorial website : accessed 10 Aug 2020