Bua, Anthony N. "Tony"
died Jan. 19, 2014, at his home in Chandler AZ with his loving family by his side. Tony and his devoted wife, Cathy, had fought a long and valiant battle against cancer. Born October 21, 1935, in Los Angeles CA, to Ben and Agnes Bua, he grew up in LA and was senior class president and valedictorian at Lincoln High School. In 1955, he married his sweetheart, Cathy Vaiana. Their engagement was announced at a studio party by Ginger Rogers, who sang "My Funny Valentine" to them. Tony entered the U.S. Air Force in 1957 in Tucson, and completed his flight training at Williams Field in Chandler in 1962. After leaving the Air Force, he became a pilot with TWA, where he remained for 27 years. In the mid-80s, he had been a transcontinental captain, flying to Paris and London, Cathy often joining him. Tony was also the silent partner in Cathy's Rum Cake Catering for 36 years. A longtime collector of vintage cars, Tony's Roll Royce classic vehicles became a trademark of Cathy's thriving business. Many bridal couples and their wedding cakes were transported by Tony to the church or reception in one of his opulent Rolls Royce classics. After retiring from TWA, Tony sold Fords for Tex Earnhardt and later joined Arizona Train Depot. He also began spending more time hunting, raising purebred Epagneul Breton hunting dogs, and being with his family and Air Force and TWA buddies. He also enjoyed being at their getaway in Pinetop. His survivors include his wife, Cathy Bua, son, Bennie (Cindy) Bua, granddaughters Bella Bua and Diana Menapace, brothers Ben (Sara) Bua and Bill (Connie) Bua, sister-in-law Joanne Menapace, nephew Michael (Becky) Menapace, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends far and wide. Tony was a loving, loyal husband, brother, father, uncle, and friend. He excelled at everything he did. A private memorial will be held to celebrate his extraordinary life. Donations may be made to ICAN (International Cancer Advocacy Network), the Anthony N. Bua Program, 27 W. Morten Ave., Phoenix AZ 85021, and expressions of sympathy may be sent to Cathy c/o J. Menapace, PO Box 8160, Chandler AZ 85246.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 26, 2014