Anthony Causi, a New York Post photographer who was a fixture at Nets games as well as other New York sporting events, died Sunday at North Shore University Hospital of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.
He was 48 years old and leaves his wife, Romina, and their children John, 5, and Mia, 2, as well as his parents, Lucille and John Causi, and sisters Maria Marangelli and Dianna Marotto.
Causi, who was Brooklyn born and raised, had been a Post sports photographer for a quarter century. He worked Nets games in both New Jersey and Brooklyn,..
The Nets beat writers who covered the team over the past reminisced about their co-worker and friend.
Fred Kerber, who worked with Causi on assignment for the Nets as well as the Mets and Knicks, said he was devastated Sunday night when he got word.
“Everything you heard and read about him was 100 percent true. He was a such a kind guy. If he took a picture of of you, you’d get it in an email. If you needed a picture, you got it. If he took a picture of a fan, the fan got it. A total professional.
“I have a picture of me and my son, Danny (a sports producer at WNBC) at a Mets’ game, that he took. He saw us together and said, ‘Let’s get a picture of two Kerbers.’”
Kerber, who’s retired and living in Rhode Island, said the horrific situation in the New York is no longer abstract, no longer numbers.
“Everything we see is numbers, numbers,” he noted, talking about coronavirus. “Now you see someone you know and It has a face for us now. “
Tim Bontemps also worked with Causi while with the Post. He’s now at ESPN.
“Ever since I met Causi (I don’t know a soul, except maybe his mother, who ever called him Anthony) 13 years ago, I’ve been fortunate to call him both a friend and a colleague.
“Whenever we were working together, no matter what the event was, he treated it like it was the most important one he’d ever covered. His attention to detail was impeccable, and his incredible work throughout the years is a testament to that,” said Bontemps.
“More importantly, though, he was a wonderful person, who made everyone in every room he ever walked into happier for his presence. Every time I would see him at a game, even in the years since I left The Post, I would smile the moment I saw him. Going to games in New York will never be the same without him.”
Brian Lewis, who currently covers the Nets for the Post, also emphasized Causi’s humanity.
“Usually when you call somebody one-of-a-kind, it’s just hyperbole. But in his case, it was real. He absolutely adored his family,” recalled Lewis. “And he had this big, warm, welcoming personality. And it wasn’t fake, or an act; he was just a caring guy. People have a BS radar, and the fact that he was universally-liked should tell you how genuine he was.”
Like Kerber, Lewis talked about how he would interact not just with players but fans as well.
“He was giving with people – he’d always be taking pictures for folks, and sending them these professional-grade photos just out of the kindness of his heart – and that was for virtual strangers. And he was as giving in his work (always conscientious about planning with you to make sure he got the perfect shot of the right subject) as he was personally (he’d share a tip on anything from a good slice in Brooklyn to a great vacation spot).”
Lewis also recalled that he was true Brooklynite, who took pride in the borough and its history. Causi last worked the Nets in their homestand in early March.
Others who have been around the Nets, including the team’s official site, took time to tweet out their remembrances.
Anthony was a fixture at Nets games for many years. He was kind, a friend to all, and incredibly talented. We will miss him greatly. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his wife, children, and loved ones. https://t.co/6iupS3tpEA— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) April 13, 2020
Anthony was an incredible soul that impacted us all with his genuine warmth. Our prayers & love to the Causi family. https://t.co/40qREEG0NK— sarah kustok (@sarahkustok) April 13, 2020
The epitome of “Great worker, even better person.” Praying for his family and loved ones.— Anthony Puccio (@APOOCH) April 13, 2020
May his soul Rest In Peace. https://t.co/vaz7agWLop
We've lost a good one in Anthony. I worked with Anthony at Knicks and Rangers games for many many years. Please stay home. If you don't live in someone's immediate household, you should not be there at this point. Not me. Us. https://t.co/uy0oSDzeXJ— Adam Pantozzi (@adampantozzi) April 13, 2020
As #Vacc recalls, #AnthonyCausi once said to colleagues at #NYPost, "Who has more fun than us? Who is luckier than us?" Great TV commentator #BruceBeck said, "He had a heart as big as anyone I ever met. He was salt of the earth." What a great column. Must read. #RIP #AnthonyCausi https://t.co/g9Qle8pzRk— Greg Logan (@GregLogan1) April 13, 2020
No no no no no. Anthony met everyone with personality and a smile. He worked his ass off no matter if it was covering a Super Bowl or a simple OTA, in bitter cold or sweltering heat. Horrible news. Prayers up for his family and loved ones. https://t.co/KnkdycniDk— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) April 13, 2020
Damn. Prayers to Anthony's family. Such a good guy. This just sucks. https://t.co/cWlF1iW09n— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzNYC) April 13, 2020
Post columnist Mike Vaccaro wrote this of Causi Monday..
There are some people in our lives whose impact is so immediate, and so permanent, it’s all but impossible to remember a time when they weren’t a part of us. That was Anthony. If you worked at The Post, you were family. If you didn’t? That was just a detail. You were family, too.
Friends of Causi have set up a gofundme site for his young family called Snapshots from Heaven.
- Anthony Causi, beloved Post sports photographer, dies of coronavirus at 48 - Ken Davidoff - New York Post
- Anthony Causi’s kindness, talent touched everyone in NY sports - Mike Vaccaro - New York Post
I had the honor and privilege of being teammates with Anthony Causi for over 8 years. And every time I saw him at a game over the past 13 years, I couldn’t help but smile. He brought laughter and joy to every room he was in. New York won’t be nearly the same without him.