F. ANTHONY “TONY”
F. Anthony “Tony” Lloyd, long-time Penticton resident and retired lawyer, died peacefully while surrounded by his loving family on the evening of April 19th, 2015.
Tony arrived on December 19th, 1927 as the first born to Fred and Kathleen Lloyd of Winter, Saskatchewan. Their small rural community was a stop on the CN Railroad, where Fred farmed a half-section and Kathleen taught at the local school. Nearly ten years later, Tony was joined by his sister Gwenda.
Rigorously home schooled by Kathleen, at age sixteen and with the help of a scholarship, he decided to follow in his Mother’s footsteps by enrolling in Regina Teacher’s College. After an accelerated training program, and potentially younger than some of his students, he started teaching all-ages in a one-room school house.
During a memorable holiday in British Columbia in 1948 Tony and his mother applied for teaching positions in the Salmon Arm area and Tony became the school’s principal. Teaching only deepened Tony’s love for learning, and he enrolled at the University of British Columbia to hone his profession.
During summer university breaks and despite his prairie roots, Tony got a job as a salmon-fishing guide at Painter’s Lodge along with a university friend who was studying law. Soon Tony decided that he was interested in law as well.
When Tony entered law practice in 1955, it was to join his fishing buddy at Boyle & Co in Penticton. Tony remained in practice there for fifty-five years, making many friends along the way. He retired reluctantly, when hearing loss made working unfeasible.
It was at Boyle & Co that Tony met Shirley Carson, who would become his first wife in 1957. Their marriage produced daughter Dennie and son Michael, although it was not to last. Despite their differences, Tony and Shirley remained life-long friends.
Away from the office, Tony was most comfortable with his hands filled: be it a golf club, a ski pole, fishing rod, garden tool or wine glass. Tony spent many happy afternoons catching trout at Pennask Lake, challenging the greens at the Penticton Golf Club, or tending his prized tomato patch. Even sitting still was an active time which usually found him poring over a newspaper or book. Such was his boundless curiosity about the world. This same trait meant he was invariably the last one still lingering at museums and exhibits. His learning sharpened his acumen, and vice versa. For every two dozen questions the rest of us might need to ask to figure something out, Tony often needed just one.
Tony cherished the virtues of community service and he was proud to have been a long term member of the Penticton Downtown Rotary Club, along with many of his oldest friends. Always an advocate for good governance and fiscal sustainability, Tony was also a lifelong supporter of many political and social causes.
Tony found his soul-mate, Judy Enzmann in 1979. Their happy thirty six year union brought Tony stepson Rudy and produced another son Ryan. In recent years, Tony and Judy started spending winters with friends new and old at their second home at Green Valley, Arizona. It was a week before he left Arizona that he shot his best round of golf. Health complications made these trips impossible for Tony in 2013, although he and Judy continued to enjoy the company of family and friends at their Penticton home on Skaha Lake.
Complications from a second stroke ultimately took Tony’s life. His family remains deeply grateful for the skilled and compassionate care over the past two years provided by the staff at the Penticton Hospital, Moog & Friends Hospice House, and especially Dr. David Paisley and Dr. Naill Davidson.
Tony is survived by his loving wife Judy and her family, daughter Dennie (Peter), sons Michael (Louise), Rudy (Sarai), Ryan (Sabrina), granddaughter Emily, Sister Gwenda (Al), nieces Andrea and Jennifer, cousin Joan (Neil) and their family as well as extended family in Ireland. Tony leaves behind long-time business partners, Phil Locke (Trish) and Alex Cherkezoff (Marie). He was very proud of his friends, who were too many to list.
Memorial donations may be made to Moog & Friends Hospice House. A celebration of life will be held at the Penticton Ramada Inn at 3 pm on June 27th