"I knew Tony from the
"He was a good thinker, knew how to ask great questions and could tell great stories," said
"Tony was a breath of fresh air. When you were around him, you knew you were in for a few good laughs," he added.
"He was a remarkable and a very competitive person -- but in a very nice way," said
"Tony was one year ahead of me at law school," said
He was raised in
After graduating, he served in the
After being discharged, he obtained a law degree from the
"He wanted to be a surgeon because he liked working with his hands, but it was his mother who said he would become a lawyer and work in his father's firm," said a daughter,
His first job after law school was serving on the staff of
"He was proud of many of the other experiences of his career -- of
"He was a talented and ferocious attorney, yet a terrible bill collector with a soft heart. He would pull out all of the stops for a client, land a miraculous outcome and accept a pool table or a dilapidated car in trade," she wrote. "Once, he even accepted African beads as part of a fee."
"He was kind and gentle, but a pit bull when it came to legal matters,"
"He took it upon himself to drive to every chicken restaurant in town and bring back enough fried chicken to feed every camper and then some,"
In his younger years, he had played rugby as a member of the
Earlier this year, family members said, he learned through Ancestry.Com the identity of his birth father, the late
"He was working up until the day he had the stroke on
He was a member of
A memorial service for
In addition to his two daughters and sister,
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