Mandeville – Anthony ‘Tony’ Joseph Zanca, 65, died unexpectedly November 14, 2021. He was born October 21, 1956, in New Orleans, the son of John D. and Doris Fay Zanca (predeceased). Beloved husband of Hazel Jean (Hebert) Zanca for the past 42 years. Father of Lisa Marie Carter (Darin Carter). Brother of Glenda Bartchy and Sam Zanca (predeceased). Also survived by his grandchildren, Bradley Harrison, Meah Kay Carter and Braden Carter. Also survived by his sister-in-law Dottie Grooms, his many nieces and nephews, as well as the extended members of the Baiamonte, Leddy and Grace families. A native of New Orleans and resident of Mandeville since 2004. Tony graduated from Prytania High School, Class of 1975. Following graduation, he joined the U.S. Air Force. Tony was a decorated veteran who traveled to many destinations, served in the Desert Shield/Storm Gulf War, and spent a number of years in the Air Force Reserves as MSGT of the 926 SPS earning many accolades throughout his military career. Having served, Tony was an advocate of fundraising for War Heroes through the National World War II Museum along with the Wounded Warrior Project. These projects were dear to his heart. Throughout the 1980’s, he joined the Jefferson Parish Police Dept., fourth district. As a deputy, Tony received numerous commendations with the sheriff’s department. With a passion for serving and helping people, he also received his certificate as an Emergency Medical Technician also volunteering with the local Red Cross during natural disasters. During his days with the department and throughout the military, Tony loved to write. As a hobby, he wrote articles for the police department’s magazine, short stories, jokes and politics. He was a ball player from very young age at St. Roch and NORD ballparks to playing ball with his colleagues and friends well into his 40’s. Tony loved baseball and the New Orleans Saints! An avid golfer, he never missed a sunny day for a great day of golf… Eh, he would play in the rain too. Tony Zanca was an active member of the community and a past president of his home subdivision in Mandeville. This great community was also very dear to his heart. He was a husband, a father, a grandfather, a friend, and a true American hero! A real jokester! To say he could light up any room with laughter and lived to be the life of the party is an understatement. He never met a stranger, as his willingness to lend a hand to anyone in need made him our local hero. His generosity was far reaching. TONY ZANCA, A TRUE CHAMPION! WE WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER! A Celebration of life will be announced at a later date.