Anthony "Tony" Thompson's funeral service was a bit out of the ordinary, to say the least. First of all, it was billed as a "party." Second, friends and family were asked to bring their favorite funny "Tony" stories to tell to "keep the laughs going." But then, Thompson wasn't your everyday kind of guy. All who knew Thompson describe him as a larger-than-life character who never met a stranger and always kept people laughing. Longtime friend Steve Bajc, now living in Bejing, called Thompson his "best friend" and honored the family's request to keep his remarks light by adding in a Facebook post, "Your spirit will always be with me when I am on the golf course, with memories of the par I got without chipping or putting because we were high tailing it to the next tee due to your errant fairway shot heading towards a car driving along the side road."|
Thompson's wife of 33 years, Nancy, said Thompson would not have wanted a funeral service that was a "downer" or gloomy.
"Tony was about the most positive person you can imagine," she said. "He believed negative people are just not worth worrying about, what other people think of you is their problem, you just let things go because you don't need to fight every battle head on. He wanted people to laugh and be happy."
Anthony A. "Tony" Thompson, 61, died Nov. 11 of heart failure. Read the news obituary
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Nov. 22, 2016