Death In Connecticut: New England Mobster “Beaver” Ascenzia Drops Dead Of A Heart Attack

July 27, 2020 – The Reaper took the Beaver.

Connecticut mafia figure Tony (The Beaver) Ascenzia died of a sudden heart attack last week at 61. He was one of the last remaining members of the old Grasso crew.

Ascenzia ran gambling affairs for New England’s Patriarca crime family in the New Haven area, the heart of Grasso crew turf throughout the 1970s and 80s. When he was busted by the feds in 2004, it was estimated the beefy wiseguy’s gambling rackets were clearing close to $10,000,000 per year. He did three years in prison and was released in August 2007.

Per court records, Ascenzia ran sizeable sports betting and numbers businesses for the Patriarca’s Connecticut branch. Tony the Beaver came up in the mob under notoriously erratic New England mafia underboss Billy (The Wild Man) Grasso, who was killed in the summer of 1989 amid a shooting war pitting the Patriarca’s Boston and Providence wings against each other. Since Grasso’s murder, the Connecticut regime of the Patriarca clan has reported to Providence.

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