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Anthony Defazio

Born August 28, 1947

Burial arrangements under the direction of Olinger Mount Lindo Cemetery.

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Traci Koen

September 23, 2011

Joel, I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. I hope the memories you have and your recent car trip will bring some comfort and peace. We are thinking about you and your family and keeping you in our prayers.

P D

September 9, 2011

The following are messages left on Tony's Facebook Page:

•Cathy Murff
Wow, very sorry to hear about Tony! From what I hear, he is in a better place now. Regards to all his family and friends! From Mike and Cathy Dinkelmann in Houston, TX. Rest in Peace and God Bless!

•Melissa Blackman Lamb
We will never forget your wisdom... And your amazing sense of humour.... We will miss you but never forget you....

•Katy McCoin Gibson Williams
Will never forget your unique laugh and big smiles. Your friend from Houston.

•Jacklyn Nemchik
Happy Birthday..my always smiling and joy filled friend!

•Robert O'Brien
Happy birthday buddy,like you've often said,"it's been real". Thanks for these many decades of friendship. You always cared.

•Sherry Miller Blackman
Tony....U will be missed by all the Blackmans. We all adored you. You will always be in our hearts. U made it to your family & it warms my heart to know that. R.I.P. Tone Tone...we love you......

•Alyson Blackman Kiely
Like my mom said, you will be missed by all of us...You always told wonderful stories but I know you are in a better place...

•Nancy Oberman
You were an indomitable trouper

Riley DeFazio

September 9, 2011

Grandpa,

You were a great man. I know you are in a much better place. Rest in Peace, Grandpa. I love you.

Bryce DeFazio

September 9, 2011

Grandpa,

I was so glad I got to see you one last time. I have many great memories of you.

I love you,
Bryce

Kendra Nacke

September 7, 2011

We were so sorry to hear of Tony's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

Our sincere sympathies,
Kendra and Jerry Nacke

Katy Williams

September 7, 2011

Tony,
I lost touch with you the last few years. Did not know you were sick. You were such a great person and friend when I knew you in Houston. You always looked like you just stepped out of the GQ magazine. I use to tease you and ask if you also pressed your under wear. You were always so Mr. Perfect. I will miss your unique laugh and big smile. You always talked about your family and how proud you were of them. Until we meet again!!!

Jeff O'Connor

September 7, 2011

Digger. That was my nickname for Tony. I worked with Tony for almost 20 years at Sill Company. We shared many, many hours, days and weeks together working on hurricanes and other assignments. We started calling Tony "Digger" in Puerto Rico when working a storm there. We named him that because in true Tony spirit, no one could dig up new leads and pursue them as vigorously as Tony.

I will never forget how he remained so positive when we were working hurricanes. We would be working under tough conditions, heat, mosquitos, bad food and no success at getting new business, yet he was always good natured, laughing and the first one up in the morning ready to go!

I will always remember that laugh, that smile.

Tony spoke of his kids and his grandchildren often. He was very proud of them.

Tony was more than just someone I worked with, he was my friend.

Rest now my friend.

Terrence Messerman

September 6, 2011

Although I have only had the good fortune to know Tony for the past couple of years, I was always deeply moved by his good humor, his friendliness, his warmth and, above all, his optimism and courage. My staff and I will miss Tony; we'll always remember him.
With Heartfelt Condolences,
Terry Messerman

Heather Clark-Wise

September 6, 2011

Tony was a charming, sophisticated, intelligent man who loved life. He had a big heart and people were just drawn to him. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family and friends in this time of loss.
Heather Clark-Wise

September 6, 2011

My dear friend, Tony DeFazio, will always have a special place in my memories of the last 20 years. When I think of Tony, I smile and thank God that I was fortunate enough to have known such a wonderful man. Tony stood strong for his beliefs and did plenty of research on whatever topic he might be relating. I was forever listening and learning and yes, sometimes questioning but in an inquisitive healthy way, I will miss daily emails from him to be sure. But mostly, I am so glad that I got to spend some time with Tony this past summer. We had cook outs at my house, cocktails in Chagrin Falls, and walked through the art show at Boton Mills where we both purchased the same picture of the mountains, pine trees, rocks and blue, very blue water. It hangs in my office where I see it everyday and think of Tony. And, I hear him say....I ain't here for a long time, I'm here for a good time and then his face would light up the sky. Miss you, Tony Love, Barbara Baxter