“My name is Anthony. May I help you?”
With that phrase, the Rev. Bill Bucciferro began his sermon at a special Mass on Tuesday at Marian Shrine in Stony Point to honor the life of Anthony Amoros, of Pomona, who died Jan. 29 at the age of 18.
Bucciferro was referring to the phrase written in Anthony’s ShopRite name tag that he might have worn when he was involved in a car accident on Thiells-Mount Ivy Road in Thiells.
On Jan. 28, Anthony, a 2012 North Rockland High School graduate, was driving to the Stony Point ShopRite for his evening shift.
In front of about 100 people, including family members and friends of Anthony, Bucciferro gave an emotional homily, convincing people that the phrase in Anthony’s name tag symbolized the young man’s attitude toward life.
Not only had he served the church as an altar boy, he was always there when his friends needed him, and when the community needed him, his family and friends said.
On the night of Jan. 28, shortly after Anthony was taken to Nyack Hospital for severe facial and head injuries as a result of a car accident, hundreds of people gathered for a candle vigil at the Philip J. Rotella Memorial Golf Course, which is right next to the accident site.
Bucciferro led the night vigil. The prayer for his life continued next morning.
“In his 18 years that God gave him, he touched so many people’s lives,” Bucciferro said. “Anthony loved you, and you loved him. He loved his friends, and he loved people that he worked with. He loved so many people on his own way. That is not wasted.”
Bucciferro said Anthony’s service to God and to people will continue.
“My name is Anthony. Can I help you?” Bucciferro said. “Yes, Anthony, you can help me. You can help me on my birthday, on my 61st birthday, today. … Yes, Anthony you can help me. Help your friends who are still mourning and missing you so much.”