Anthony Thomas LaPosta passed away peacefully at the age of 66 on February 12th, in Bradenton, FL, after an extended bout with Leukemia with his loving family by his side. He was born April 17th, 1948, to the late Tony and Sue LaPosta. He was an accomplished man both professionally and personally, and he was known and loved throughout the entire Ohio Valley. He graduated from Weir High School and attended the University of Kansas, where he met his beloved wife and best friend, Patricia. After obtaining his Bachelors of Science, he remained at the University of Kansas, working toward his Masters of Science. As a scientist, he started as the lead sanitarian of Hancock County, ultimately being appointed to be the head Health Department Administrator of his region. During his tenure, he worked as Secretary and Treasurer of the Tri-State Environmental Health Association for over 20 years, and was appointed as the Northern Panhandle Representative on the West Virginia Environmental Liaison Committee, Chief Coordinator for the West Virginia Threat Preparedness Committee, Director of the Hancock County Local Emergency Planning Committee and a member of the West Virginia Emergency Consortium. A talented musician both by instrument and voice, he led the Anthony Thomas band for decades, while producing numerous solo projects for the jazz and contemporary R&B genres. He could play any instrument or sing any note, but was most dedicated to writing lyrics. As a track coach at Weirton Madonna and Oak Glen, he drove numerous athletes to state championships, while assisting in the recruitment efforts of countless division one scholarships. His proudest moments did not involve winning, instead by mentoring student-athletes to succeed in the classroom and thrive into early adulthood. As an eternal optimist, he felt best when others around him were as happy as possible. As humble as one can be, he shied away from taking credit for any accomplishment, instead empowering others' self-confidence. He gained respect by his diplomacy, by his natural peaceful state of mind. He was a man of many talents and interests, which was fueled by intelligence and interest in any subject matter. Socially, he was one of many Italian "neighborhood guys", smiling proudly each day knowing his heritage. He traveled happily throughout the United States on road trips, and would fly across the country to watch any sporting event in person. You could also find him at wine and jazz festivals in his spare time. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Patricia, of Bradenton, FL. Two sons: Rico (Francesca) LaPosta of Marina Del Rey, CA, and Michael (Mariela) LaPosta of Seattle, WA. One grandchild, Roman, of Marina Del Rey, CA. Two sisters: Geraldine (Thomas) Banketas of Weirton and Sandra (Richard) Riopelle of Weirton. He is also survived by his two beloved dogs, Romeo and Heidi. Visitation will be held Wednesday and Thursday from 4-8pm each evening at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton, WV. Additional visitation will be held Friday from 10 until the 11am funeral service at the Cove Presbyterian Church. Reverend Dr. Ed Rudiger will officiate. Interment will follow in St. John's Cemetery, Colliers. WV.