I would like to start off by saying that me and Tony had a special bond between us. He was like a Father and a Brother to me rolled up into one. He was always there when I needed an ear to listen or a little help with something. I did the same in return from building him a new computer and teaching him how to work on it to helping him wire his home and hang lights to fishing all hours of the day. I can remember when I was in between jobs due to downsizing back in 2005, we went fishing almost every single night together for 6 months. We would leave the dock around 4-5pm and not come back until the next morning and a few times we were out until 1-2pm the next afternoon. I'll never forget the time we were out on his boat and we had a fish on that turned his driftmaster rod holder around like it was nothing. Knowing we had just tightened them all down with a pair of pliers! We always wished we could get ahold of that one again at Dillon Lake. We've just been there for each other through thick and thin. He was unselfish and definitely a family man. He always spoke about his wife Eva and anytime he would go away for any amount of time, he would ask me and my wife to call and check on her everyday. Eva never knew that he had asked us to do that at all. She was touched by that when I mentioned it to her in our conversation yesterday. I have opened my house up to her if she needs it. Because I promised Tony I would keep an eye on her for him if anything would ever happen. I personally want to thank each and every one of you that have showed your support and well wishes for the family and friends, it was truly needed. I also remember the last time he was in the hospital and I went to visit him. As I was leaving, I leaned over and gave him a big hug and told him I loved him. And when he told me he loved me too, it made me feel greatful for having him in my life. They say you can count your friends on one hand. It's true and I can attest to that! A friend will be there for you anytime you need him/her and vice versa. So to say Tony was my friend is an understatement. He was my BEST FRIEND & FISHING BUDDY! One last thing before I go. My son loved him as well and he overheard me telling my wife about how we're having a gathering in his honor with any proceeds going to his wife Eva. Well, he walked up to me late last night and handed me 5 dollars and said "Dad, I want to give this to Eva." My eyes welled up with tears and I gave him a big hug and just held on tight and he said he understands. He then talked about how Tony spent time teaching him in the basement how to set up a catfish rig for his show and tell at school. Well thanks for listening to me and I know Tony's in a safe place now. He's probably catching the fish for our arrival at the big feast!