November 13, 1907 – November 3, 2008
Passed away peacefully at Glacier View Lodge in Courtenay, B.C. with his loving family at his side.
He was predeceased by his parents, 3 brothers, Ed, Alfonso and Alfred and 3 sisters Norrissa, Erma and Theresa.
Antonio is survived and will be sadly missed by his wife of 55 years, Leona, his sons; Raymond (Mary), Kenneth (Pat), Walter (Irene), Ernie (Trudy), Wilfred (Sharon) and Phil (Marion), his daughters; Myrtle Robinson of Red Lake, Ontario, Winnie Longland (Ed) of Campbell River and Barbara Parkin (Jim) of Courtenay, his grandchildren; Barb (5), Winnie (4), Walter (4), Kenn (3), Myrtle (2), Ray (1), Ernie (4) and Wilfred (2) – Kenneth Barkley, Pat Samson, Laurie Pratt, Rosie Crest, Robert, Diana, Windy, Linda, Cindy, Dale, Tracy, Shelly, Llana, Edwina, Mona, Glen, Blair, Lynn, Gail, Lana, Daphne, Toni and Sonta, 27 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren; Theo, Morgan, Hope and Lewis, his brother Bob (Vicky) of Stony Plains, Alberta, his sister Mary Heffley of Edmonton, Alberta as well as nieces and nephews too many to mention.
Antonio was a member of the Lions Club, a life member of the Old Time Fiddlers and the Qualicum Bay Floor Curlers. He loved ball games and loved to watch Barb play ball. Tony was a teamster, driving horses at Eaglecrest Farms when he first came to the Island. Tony worked at a gas station in Qualicum Beach and also worked for the Village of Qualicum Beach for many years in different fields.
Tony and Leona operated a market garden in Qualicum for many years before they sold the farm and retired. In his leisure time Tony enjoyed dancing, playing the fiddle for seniors homes around Courtenay and Coombs B.C. He loved music and he always said it helped him remain young. He loved to garden and was always busy growing something. He had a large yard and vegetable garden with fruit trees and grapes until 2 years ago when he had a stroke.
We would like to thank his granddaughters Laurie and Rose for their many visits and advice and all the nurses and staff at Glacier View Lodge. Tony was a kind, caring man who loved to dance, loved young children and always had a good example for hard work.