John J. Anterni Jr.

Date of Passing:

October 30, 2023

Anterni Jr, John J. “Jack”, 71, of Swansea, MA, died peacefully on October 30, 2023, at home in the presence of his loving family after a valiant and brief battle against cancer. He was the beloved husband of Cynthia S. (Oliveira) Anterni.

Born in Providence and raised in Riverside, he was the son of the late John J. Anterni and Eva M. (Boudreau) Anterni. He was a 1971 graduate of East Providence High School and received an associate’s degree from Dean Jr College in 1973. Most recently, he lived in Swansea for eight years, previously residing in Barrington.

Mr. Anterni, a gifted mold maker and businessman, was the proud and ambitious President of Anco Tool & Die Company Inc. and Anco Plastic Components for many years.

Jack was a sports enthusiast. In his youth he most enjoyed playing football and baseball. Later, he developed a love for car racing attending numerous NASCAR and Formula 1 races. He was a devoted New York Yankees fan and cheered for the New England Patriots every Sunday. His interests included cars, music, coin collecting, and history. He was particularly knowledgeable about the WWII era. Most of all, he was happiest when with his cherished grandchildren.

Besides his wife of 45 years, he is survived by a son, Jeffrey M. Pinheiro of Clearwater, FL; two daughters, Jyllian M. Rogers and her husband Jayson of Bristol and Jessica C. Jennings of Barrington; three grandchildren, Jack D. Rogers, Delainey C. Rogers and Willem J. Jennings; two sisters, Katherine L. Grady of Riverside and MaryLu Medeiros of Seekonk, MA; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth J. Anterni and his best canine friend, Mollie Mae.

A heartfelt thank you to the entire medical community at the Lifespan Cancer Institute, The Miriam Hospital, and Hope Hospice for the exceptional care he was provided in his final days.

A Celebration of his Life will be held in the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside on Saturday November 4, 2023 at 1 p.m. Calling hours are Saturday morning 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jack’s memory to INADcure Foundation PO Box 11232 Fairfield, NJ 07004 (, would be deeply appreciated.

Online Condolences


  1. Marylou and the Anterni family,
    So very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and love at this difficult time.

  2. MaryLu, I and so very sorry for your loss. May you wonderful memories of your brother help to get you through this difficult and sad time. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Kathy, lastly & the entire Anterni family,

    Bill & I want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  4. Dearest Anterni family,
    You are all in my thoughts. I am so sorry for your loss. May Jack’s spirit and all the fondest memories fill your hearts and carry you through this difficult time.
    With deepest sympathies,
    Steph, Paul, Stella and Sophie xo

  5. Dear Kathy & MaryLu,

    Sending our most heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.

    God Bless

  6. Mark Foley so sorry for the loss of Jack to the entire family…he was a good man…he was a true gentleman,,,went to many musical events with Jack…Jack you will be missed

  7. Mark Foley so sorry for the loss of Jack to the entire family…he was a good man…a true gentleman…went to many musical events with Jack…Jack you will be missed

  8. Marylu- Tom and I are so sad to hear of Jack’s passing. We met him when he lived across the street from my sister in Barrington and found him to be a fun and lovable guy who was a pleasure to be around. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy and love coming your way.

  9. Dear MaryLu and the entire Anterni family, I am so sorry to learn of Jack’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family during this difficult time. I will always have fond memories of Jack and all of the ANCO team (Including John (his late father)). My sincere condolences and prayers to you and the family.

  10. While we only met a handful of times, I always remembered what a kind and generous man and friend you were to my brother-in-law David Atkinson, who spent his adult working life at Anco alongside many in your family. While David battled his cancer, Jack and the Anco family eased the many burdens a family faces when dealing with a terminal diagnosis. I’m sorry to see that Jack also endured a cancer battle. But maybe, just maybe, he and David are together once again and watching over all their loved ones. My thoughts are with you all.

  11. We are very sorry for your loss MaryLu…
    Deepest condolences from the McNamara family…you are in our prayers.

  12. Our heartfelt condolences are being sent to MaryLou and her wonderful family. He will always be remembered fondly. May he Rest in Peace.

  13. Our condolences to the Anterni family. I remember playing Little League baseball with Jack. He was one heck of a southpaw pitcher. RIP, Jack.

  14. Words can’t express my sorrow for the entire Anterni family. Jack will never be forgotten. I was lucky to have had the opportunity to work with him while working at Davol. He was such a great guy and dedicated to his family, work and crew. Please accept my sincere condolences. RIP Jack.

  15. We are devastated by the news.
    Jack was my older cousin, and I always looked up too him with affection and respect.
    I remember visiting Uncle John and Aunt Eva one Saturday when Jack was in High School. He returned home after a game and I was awed at how big and formidable he looked n his uniform. But then he broke into his amazing smile, and I quickly realized he was still the same cousin who took me under his wing when I visited so often before. I remember thinking that maybe I could play high school football one day, too.
    Jack will never be forgotten and will always be missed.

  16. Mary Lu,
    I am so sorry to hear of Jacks passing. I fondly remember playing football in your yard with the the rest of the neighborhood. My deepest sympathies.

  17. I grew up playing baseball and football in Riverside from Little League through EPHS with Jack including several championship teams. He was a great teammate and gritty athlete. What I remember most was his basic decency, “sense of self” and grasp of his “true north” from an early age. Jack didn’t follow the crowd if it wasn’t the right thing to do. I always admired that. Jack was one of the real good ones. He will be missed and not soon forgotten.

  18. Our Sincere Condolences to your family on this loss.

    Dave & Maureen Sanders

  19. Our deepest condolences to you, MaryLu and your family – what a wonderful brother, Dad, grandfather & son.

  20. MaryLu, I am so sad to learn of your brothers passing. May your memories console you and your family during this difficult time. Thinking and praying for you.

  21. The Duprat and Carleu families send their deepest condolences to Cindy and the kids. From Rose &Roger, right down to Lily and Olivia, we all knew and loved Jack. You are all in our thoughts.

  22. MaryLu and family I am so sorry for your loss… may memories of happy times with your brother Jack bring you peace 🙏🏼

  23. So sorry Cindy to hear about your husband. MY HEART ❤️ goes out to you. My prayers are with you.

  24. Sending love, hugs and prayers. Wish we could be with you during this difficult time as you say goodbye to the man you all loved. Uncle Julio and Auntie Barbie

  25. Jill and family,

    I’m so so sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers are with you in this time.

  26. Kathy, MaryLu, Cindy and family,
    It is, indeed, a surprise and very sad to read of Jack’s passing. We have many memories of our early family years as neighbors on our end of Holland Ave., and Jack certainly contributed to the fun that was shared. May he rest now with your loved ones who have gone before him and may you all find comfort and peace in the days ahead.

  27. Kathy, MaryLu and Cindy, I’m so very sorry to hear of Jack’s passing.
    Peace and Love to your entire family.💜

  28. Dear Kathy and MaryLu, I am so sorry to learn of Jack’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family during this difficult time. God bless you.

  29. We are so sorry to learn of Jack’s passing. The entire Anterni family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  30. We are so sorry to hear the sad news about Jack. Sending love and prayers to the entire Anterni family.

  31. Deepest condolences from the Sullivan family. Very sorry to hear of Jacks passing.
    Many fond memories .

  32. Sorry for your loss. I’ll always fondly remember playing sports, swimming in the family pool, and enjoying fresh vegetables from the garden growing up.
    RIP Jack.

  33. On behalf of the Jillson family our heartfelt sympathies go out the the Anterni family during this always difficult time. It is hoped that your acute pain is quickly relieved by the countless loving memories of happier and healthier times. May Jack eternally Rest in Peace!

  34. To the entire Anterni family: I am so sorry to learn of Jack’s passing. My sincere condolences to all of you.

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