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Jun 16, 2009, 8:29 PM
Location: South East London.
Team(s): Dulwich Hamlet
I'm at a loss as to what to say. I hope his family will be able to take comfort from being able to with him to the end. I don't know where exactly he's gone as I'm not the religious type, but if there is a 'heaven' I hope he's got the best seat in the house in the great 'football stadium in the sky'.
My thoughts were with him today, as I was at a funeral service for a fellow Dulwich Hamlet supporter, who also succumbed prematurely to cancer.
I only got back from Scotland last night, & only heard the news when I got a phone call from my mate Gareth, who posts on here. I'd been in Scotland for the weekend, & have been annoyed at the fact my computer has been down for almost two weeks. I got home tonight & it was working, for how long I don't know, it may cut out tomorrow, who knows?
But the passing of Tony has put it all into perspective. It's only a lump of metal & plastic after all. In the overall scheme of things it's not worth getting all wound up about.
I never had the pleasure of meeting Tony, I'm sure he was a wonderfully humble person. And although my life isn't perfect by a long chalk I'd love to use him as my talisman and inspiration. I enjoy posting on this forum, & get pleasure out of publishing photographs of grounds on my photoblog, which I am able to 'plug' on here thanks to Tony's efforts in establishing his site & forum. I've not got the commitment, dedication or talent to achieve as much in my ordinary life as Tony did, but if I manage only five per cent of what he managed then I will have achieved something.
All I want to do is compile something I enjoy, for my pleasure, in which others can take satisfaction in sharing. In trying to reach that goal, Tony you are my inspiration.
To his family, & close friends, as well as his wider 'footballing family', may I humbly offer my condolences to all of those already forwarded.
Don't be afraid to cry as you say goodbye. For tears are a sign of true love, not weakness. The pain will be strong, but as the days turn into weeks, & the weeks into months, the sadness will lessen, & the laughter will return, as you fondly recall the memories of Tony.
Rest In Peace to a truly humble but GREAT man!
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