Anthony V. DiPasquale, 40, owner of moving company, charity fund-raiser

November 24, 2001|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Anthony V. DiPasquale, a Finksburg moving company executive and avid Ravens fan who worked tirelessly raising money for charitable causes, died Monday of a heart attack at Carroll County General Hospital. He was 40.

Mr. DiPasquale was stricken in his Finksburg home while preparing for a food drive that was to be held the next day at TownMall in Westminster.

"All he ever wanted to do was give, give, give. As president of Ravens Roost 16, he ran canned-food drives and helped collect toys for the Ray Lewis Foundation," said Steve Monk, a boyhood friend who was a teammate on the Milford Mill High School football team.

"He'd work late into the night organizing things for charity drives. If anybody needed anything, he was right there to help. He was always willing to give," said Mr. Monk.

Several weeks ago, Mr. DiPasquale arranged a dinner dance that raised $5,000 to help a friend who had cancer, friends said.

Mr. DiPasquale was owner of Tony's Moving and Storage Company in Finksburg, a business he started in 1979 with a beat-up dark green Chevrolet van.

"He started out hauling anything," said his wife of 14 years, the former Kathy Lawson. Today, the business has expanded to seven moving vans and employs 20 people.

After having weathered several difficult years in business, Mr. DiPasquale had finally gotten to a point where he was successful and had the time to pursue his charitable interests.

"He'd say, `Now I can start helping people who need help.' And he never wanted anything in return," said Mr. Monk.

"He always felt that he had been most blessed by God, and that everything he achieved in life came from God," said Mr. Monk's wife, Beth.

"One day this summer he said, `I don't know why I've been so blessed, but now it's time for me to start giving back,'" said Mrs. Monk.

Since he was a child growing up in Randallstown and later on the team at Milford Mill High School, from which he graduated in 1979, Mr. DiPasquale was interested in football. He also attended Catonsville Community College for several years.

He was a Ravens season ticket holder and became close friends of many of the players. He helped Todd Heap, Ravens tight end, and Rod Woodson, safety, move into their homes.

"I knew him from Ravens functions, and he fully understood the joy that a pro team can give a fan," said Marty Bass, WJZ-TV personality who also hosts the RavenZone.

"He'd wear a number 79 jersey for defensive tackle Larry Webster and a purple wig with dreadlocks. He was like nothing you've ever seen," he said, laughing.

"He convinced the Ravens players to help him out with his various drives. He was a really solid guy who used his business success as a conduit to help others," said Mr. Bass.

Mr. DiPasquale had turned the club cellar of his home into a mini-football museum.

"He was a huge Ravens fan, and you'd go down to his basement and his memorabilia would blow you away. He had a Ray Lewis wall, a pool table with the Ravens logo in the middle and autographs from such players as Johnny Unitas and Joe Namath," said Mr. Monk.

"He was such a great guy and just touched your heart," said Wendy Herr, president and owner of Celebrity Placement in Baltimore.

Mr. DiPasquale was a member of Dundalk Assembly of God, 7400 German Hill Road, Dundalk, where services will be held at 1 p.m. today .

In addition to his wife, Mr. DiPasquale is survived by a daughter, Jamie L. DiPasquale of Finksburg; his father, Santo DiPasquale of Baltimore; a brother, Salvatore DiPasquale of Baltimore; a sister, Theresa Orfanidis of Bel Air; a stepson, James L. Bayne of Finksburg; and his stepfather, Joe Fitch of Baltimore.

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