The news that Tony’s life had been cut short on the morning of 19 March 2010 was shockingly unexpected.
I first met Tony through a friend in the retail business. Tony and Deana his wife came to live here with their beloved son Andrew over 30 years ago. By that time Tony was travelling daily to London getting up at 5am ( a practice he continued into retirement!) From the beginning he and Deana joined in the social life of the village. He was gregarious and made a large number of friends. Deana did voluntary work and Tony who later became Manager of the John Radcliffe Hospital, made a significant contribution to the community, though his time was limited.
When he retired he became an elected Parish Councillor. He was particularly adept at serving a wide number of interests with his exuberant personality, always doing things, never sitting still. His skills as a mediator, or attempting to defend some policy and keen on the resolution of conflict made him a knowledgeable Councillor. Despite occasional differences, he was a fine person to work with.
All his commitments were shouldered with flair and enthusiasm, be it the Community Association, Village Hall and undoubtedly the Golf Club! His work on the Council was particularly important and widely appreciated.
Sadly Tony never reaped the full benefit of his retirement. He will be hugely missed by his family, friends and the village community.
Tony lived his life with passion and as a devoted father to Andrew. I think Walter de la Mare’s poem ‘Farewell’ has the message ‘Look your last on all things lovely, every hour...’
Tony lived life like that.
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