Tone Marrone, Candidate for Ward 9 in Hamilton Municipal Election 2014
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|Election||Hamilton Municipal Election 2014|
|Bio||Born Antoni Marrone at St Joseph’s Hospital on October 8th, 1961, Tone Marrone was the 7th son, and last of 10 children born to Sabina and Francesco Marrone. Immigrating to Canada in the early fifties, Sabina and Francesco raised their family in Hamilton’s North End near Sherman Ave. Tone attended St. Ann’s Elementary School, and then went on to Scott Park and Cathedral High school, where he graduated. After High School he attended Concordia University in Montreal where he majored in political science.
Tone’s strong passion for sports began at an early age, and his leadership qualities became his trademark. He captained every team he played on, and motivated his teammates with his ‘never-quit’ attitude and dogged determination.
Tone participated in many different sports in his youth, and was a star athlete throughout his childhood. His dream of one day playing professional football came true when the Tiger Cats selected him with their first pick in the C.F.L. draft in 1984. Although his playing career was cut short by injures, his passion for the sport lived on. He soon began coaching football at Ancaster High school—where he discovered he loved coaching even more than playing. He guided every team he coached to the championship game, compiling a sensational record. His success did not go unnoticed, and he soon began coaching university ball at St. Mary’s University. However, with a young family back in Hamilton, Tone eventually let go of his passion for coaching so he could spend more time with his children.
Tone and his wife Denise raised four beautiful children: Sabina, Anthony, Veronica and Oriana. Tone spent a great deal of time with his children as they grew up, and he has maintained a great relationship with his children. Following his sports career, Tone has had a variety of other job descriptions in his life—ranging from bricklayer to educational assistant to youth social worker, and most recently, as greens keeper at Hamilton’s municipal golf courses— and all of them were in his beloved Hamilton.
Tone began acting by chance, when a teacher buddy he worked with asked him if he wanted to make some extra money over the holidays by being a bodyguard for someone. Little did he know that the bodyguard role was on the set of the television show Boogie’s Diner, which was set up in the CHCH building downtown.
Being a special service extra on set, Tone got to ‘rub elbows’ with all the stars and the director. He became enamoured with the lavish atmosphere, and decided to get an agent and begin auditioning for parts. After a number of ‘bit parts’, Tone got his first break when a director liked him so much that he cast him as a principal in an Ultramatic Bed Commercial. It did not take long before he became the company’s spokesperson, and he began filming additional spots. Strangely enough, his commercials have a huge cult-following and continue to be played nation-wide.
His biggest professional opportunity came some years later when he received a phone call from his best buddy. His friend’s barber shop had been picked as a location for a History Channel production called Mob Stories 2, which was a series of docudramas chronicling the lives of notorious Canadian underworld figures. Tone went to Atlantis Alliance Studios in Toronto, and was given the part immediately. Since appearing in the Mob Stories series, Tone has had roles in various productions, including Cold Case Murder Mysteries and Forensic Factor.
Tone began screenwriting with his great friend and writing mentor, Peter Tassi. In 1999 Peter realized Tone’s gift for story-telling and asked if he would collaborate on a screenplay based on a good friend of Peter’s father. “The Beast” was a story set in the 1950s about the son of an Italian immigrant who leaves the comforts of home to pursue a life in professional wrestling. Tone and Peter later collaborated on another script in 2006 entitled, “Canoe”, which found its way to Kevin Costner. Most recently, Tone and Peter have been contemplating their third project together.
Mayoral Campaign in 2010
Even though Tone was a political science major in university, and his brother Albert was Deputy Mayor of Stoney Creek, he never really thought of running for political office. It wasn’t until Tone felt the city was in desperate need of strong and passionate leadership that he decided to put his name in the mayoral race of 2010. Even though his decision to run was made at the ‘last minute’, and his campaign had no financial resources and just a few volunteers, Tone managed a very respectable campaign by finishing in the top one-third of candidates.
Representing Ward 9 in Stoney Creek
With passion, vision and a strength of character, Tone will represent the Ward 9 community with a strong voice at City Hall. He would love to meet every resident in the area, listen to their needs, and honour their trust through by his dedication of service.