Bear Hugs and a Fluffy Mustache…

is how I will remember the man I always considered my godfather  who would take care of me if anything would happen to my parents.  Guy Anthony Adams II (aka Tony/Big T) and my dad met at an accounting school in the early 70’s when I was just a baby, they became good friends and stayed friends for over 40 years.  Tony was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), the same condition that Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts had and beat.   He underwent a Bone Marrow Transplant earlier this year, after undergoing chemotherapy treatments, and blood transfusions,  fought a brave battle before passing away last week at the age of 67, surrounded with family and friends.  He leaves behind 3 children, 4 grandchildren, a former wife, a loved girlfriend, countless friends and family members.

stood behind me as I was showing him something on my computer...

standing behind me as I was showing him something on my computer…which I often did.

 

doing what he loved to do, sailing...

doing what he loved to do, sailing…

 

one of my favorite pictures that was on display at his memorial service...

my favorite picture of those that were on display at his memorial service…

 

my dad ordered a "surf/Hawaiian" themed cake for the service reception, and this is what they produced, dad didn't have time to complain as we were on the way to the services... we did the next day though...

my dad ordered a “surf/Hawaiian” themed cake for the service reception, and this is what they produced, dad didn’t have time to complain as we were on the way to the services… we did the next day though…

 

after leaving his long time job with the state, Tony worked as a train conductor at Disneyland..

after leaving his long time job with the state, Tony worked as a train conductor at Disneyland..

 

So, as I, we, bid aloha to our dear and loved friend, I ask:

HOW YOU DOIN???

 

 

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2 comments on “Bear Hugs and a Fluffy Mustache…

  1. Lu says:

    What a loving tribute!
    LOVE the pictures. What a magnanimous smile! Love his “Dream Job” upon retirement. Sounds like your beloved God-Father lived his life thoroughly and well.
    Very saddened the world has lost such a dynamic person. And incredibly sorry for your personal loss. Thank you for sharing a few of your memories. I like the one of Big T looking over your shoulder best. Kinda felt like he was here in all this typing back and forth.
    Take Good Care my friend. May your heart know comfort and peace. Glad you had such a marvelous person in your life.

  2. Olivia Close says:

    Just revisited Tony’s Caring Bridge and saw your post, so decided to visit. Enjoyed your tribute about Big T. Loved seeing some pictures I hadn’t seen. Had heard many stories about you and your family over the years so was nice meeting you at the hospital, though under sad circumstances.

    We are all missing Tony…it’s always nice to recall our many happy memories of him.

    Best wishes to you Joel and thanks for sharing…Big Hugs and a Fluffy Mustache…Yes! indeed.

    Olivia
    (Sister to Vicki Adams)

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