It’s hard to articulate the impact you’ve had on my life—I’m not even sure how to measure it. My husband, friends, career, the incredible experiences I’ve had, the people I’ve met, my friends who became my family over the last 5 years all (in one way or another) have a dotted line back to you. The enormity of which I had never really fully comprehended until now. But Tony, the thing you gave to me directly and intentionally...the reason the past few days have been so hard...was your friendship. Because really, that’s who you were to me and that’s what I’ve lost. My friend.
Really, you were part of my family, or I was part of yours. A family I married in to, but one where you made me feel seen and welcome. Even as the exceedingly shy and uncomfortable new airstream park resident.
I’ll never forget our late night conversations, plotting how to win the cooking competition at the park on your birthday together, your willingness to be a mentor or connect me with anyone, golden knights games, bus ride dance parties, LIB dance parties, book recommendations, your seemingly simple and brilliantly innovative ideas to solve problems, mini fernet bottles in all your pockets all the time, beating you at fibbage one time ever and being forced to play again so you could beat me again, your childlike wonder and excitement to share whatever you were doing, Fergs family dinners, you inviting me to meetings I had no business attending but where I learned something every time, virtual happy hours, your giant hugs, and so so much more.
What can I really say that hasn’t already been said about you, Tony? You were brilliant, innovative, warm, kind, so fun, and so humble. You loved people and didn’t care about “stuff.” You were a visionary and a leader. You built a community full of love and passion. You brought together people of all walks of life and encouraged them to chase happiness, not profits. I was honored to get to be a small part of it. You taught me more than I even realized and I’ll continue to carry the inspiration for how you lived life and saw the world with me.
I will be forever grateful that I had the chance to get to know you and call you friend.
Thank you for everything. I love you. Rest In Peace, my friend.