Thursday, May 17, 2007

This letter was forwarded by John Taddei. It is a bit old, however, it is worth reading

December 29, 2006

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of my father, Anthony W. "Tony" Landry on Christmas morning. He had been a resident most recently of Holmes, New York, but his heart always remained in Bill's Creek, Lake Lure North Carolina; where he lived for over 40 years. Tony as everyone knew him, managed to stay alive and very healthy until the age of 99, (no meds) and was pushing for that centennial achievement of making it to 100 years of age on February 25th, 2007.

Dad as many of you know was a longtime vegetarian and a proponent of eating well. His avoidance of conventional western medicine's approach to "managed health care" through the use of drugs, sustained him well. He was a contrarian in the truest sense of the word, and practiced what he preached. Although he led his life in a manner that was foreign to most everyone, he never wavered in his beliefs. He was most proud when he achieved the distinction of Naturopathic Doctor (ND) after many years of study. Of course, his other most treasured possession was his FCC license, which was the highest level of licensing anyone can obtain. Many of you know that Dad was a Ham radio operator and trainer for over 70 years, and he was very passionate about it.

Dad was an avid reader and as he progressed into the latter stages of "seniority", it was a blessing that he could still enjoy reading; even if it was for shorter periods of time.

Tony loved North Carolina, and in particular his little piece of Bill's Creek. He loved the many friends he accumulated over the years. Bill's Creek Fire Department was especially dear to his heart and so too, were the dedicated folks who sustained its' existence.

Another of Tony's special memories included a feature article in the local newspaper, "The Breeze." He enjoyed sharing the experience of being interviewed by a very special friend. His stories were many, always fueled by a life bursting with great reference materials. His sharp memory did not dull, even in the most "senior" of times.

In closing I'd like to share what would have been Dad's letter to ya'll....except that I never seemed to collect myself enough to get it off to all of you it was just after the
February 44i° 2406 fall, that seemed in hindsight to be the beginning of the end.

Please know that I'm grateful for the friendships you gave Dad, the fond memories that sustained him, and all the niceties you shared with him throughout the years. I guess I always thought he'd live forever but instead I'm happy knowing that his imprint is indelible.. . .and that he had such wonderful friends.

Thank you all so very much!

P.S..... the calls, cards and letters were very special treats and much appreciated...

Gayle (Tony's Daughter)