It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Antonio (Tony) Bilardo on November 5, 2021, at his home in Spring Lake. Tony was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut on January 28, 1927 to the late Philomena and Liberto Bilardo.\n\nHe was predeceased by his sisters Theresa Soares, Pauline Filippino, Rose Lorenti, Laura Frederick; and nephews, with which he shared a special bond, Carmen Abramo and Andrew Bilardo.\n\nTony leaves behind his loving partner of 16 years, Chae Kyong Stephens, to whom he was deeply devoted; his sister Angeline Caruso; two nieces, Diane DeLuca and her partner, Mario Infanti and Nancy Sivak and husband John; a nephew Michael Caruso; and Tony's best friend, Danny Fliegelman, who he thought of as a son.\n\nTony was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army and retired as Staff Sergeant after serving twenty years in the military. While stationed in Germany, he served as a cook for the General. He enjoyed cooking, baking and fishing. Undoubtedly, his greatest passion was helping others achieve a better life. He made it his life's mission to contribute to various charities, helping many recipients through his charitable nature. Tony was a very generous man with a big heart that finally gave way when he fell ill.\n\nThe family wishes to thank the special caregivers who lovingly provided Tony with exemplary care and compassion; Hospice Staff of Fayetteville, Barbara Sizemore, Bettye Sanford, DeJouri Franklin, and especially Lisa Sanford, who was caring for Tony when he took his final breath. Tony had a special fondness for Lisa and a shared sense of humor. Lisa brought him great comfort.\n\nFriends are invited to attend a memorial service at Living Water Assembly of God, 2000 N Bragg Blvd., Spring Lake on Friday, November 12, 2021, at 11AM with Pastor Steven Morris officiating and the United States Army Honor Guard bestowing full military honors. Following the service, family and friends are invited to gather in the church fellowship hall for lunch. Interment will take place in Connecticut where Tony will be reunited with many of his family members.