I met Tony a few times in the dark days of the 'New World' era and the administration that followed. He was good company, very perceptive and asked the questions that needed to be asked during the worst times.
Sorry to hear this sad news. I contacted him some years to reminisce about our time together playing for Pennycross Methodists in the Plymouth Combination. As I recall he was quite a pacey winger for a 16 year old. All best wishes to his family.
That’s a great tribute. Brilliant again from Robbie Bullen.
Tony deserves everyone’s respects if they want to post them here, so let’s not make this the last post.
I had a massive fall out with Tony about 10/12 Years ago and we arranged to meet up so we could discuss face to face. I still think I was right, but he explained his point of view and I completely see where he came from, I just didn’t agree. We never stopped talking though when we saw each other and I encouraged him to come back on here after a couple of years break. He didn’t post as much as he used to, but I wish he did.
Tony's funeral is today and he is having a Direct Woodlands cremation which is limited to only 5 people. A private ambulance has to take him to crem, no flowers, no hymns, prayers or eulogy. They will play some music. Not what Tony would have wanted, but under the circumstances, his wife, Lynda had little choice.
Lynda has told me that so family and friends can say goodbye in their own way, there will be a Thanksgiving Service for his life in the local church in Temple Cloud which Lynda really hopes many will be able to attend. The Archdeacon of Bath & Wells has contacted her and she is hoping he will officiate. Afterwards there will be a buffet in Cameley Lodge. Once details firm up for this, I will update.
Any donations are to go to Dorothy House Hospice, Peasedown St John who were really excellent in helping Lynda care for Tony day and night in his last 5 days. Alternatively, if cheques were sent to Lynda Hooper, any donations will then go to the local school where he was also very supportive and active. The school have been bringing her over lunch and dinner since he died, including weekends. If you wish to donate to the school, please pm me for Lynda's address.
RIP, Tony. Join the throngs of the Green Army already up there and know that we down here shall always remember your times with us with great affection.