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Anthony Peter McClure


03/28/1941 - 12/26/2013 Obituary
Anthony Peter McClure Obituary
Anthony Peter McClure "Tony", age 72, passed away on December 26 at his home in Bakersfield while surrounded by his wife and daughters.
Originally born in Brawley, California on March 28, 1941 to Madaline Fondetti McClure and Robert McClure, Tony moved to Bakersfield as a young child. Tony graduated from East High School in 1959 and owned and operated Cal-Kern Insurance Agency in Bakersfield for over 40 years.
An avid golfer, he was a former triathlete and marathon runner. Over the years, he enjoyed playing a variety of sports, including handball at the Elks Lodge, and fishing, reading, and doing cross-word puzzles. Known as Grandpa Tony or "Guy" to his eight grandchildren, he loved watching his grandchildren play sports and was especially proud of all of their accomplishments both on and off the field, joking that he was only one grandkid short a coed baseball team. Tony loved watching the Angels play baseball and cooking meals for the whole family.
Tony is survived by his wife of 43 years, Michel Ansolabehere McClure, his daughters and their husbands Mary and Brett Tigner, Racquel and Matt Ellis, and Tia and Dave Borovsky, and his eight beloved grandchildren Nick and Alex Tigner, Dylan, Landon, Tyler, and Iris Ellis, and Isaac and Eli Borovsky. He is also survived by his brothers Bob and Gene McClure, Gene's wife Nancy, and his nephews Rocco, Mike, and Scott McClure. Tony was preceded in death by his parents Maggie and Bob McClure, his first wife Betty Rehfeldt McClure, and his niece and nephew Shelly and Louie McClure.
The family would like to say a special thanks to Hoffman Hospice, in particular Denise, Krissy, Molly, Lupe, Pastor Jack and Denise. We would also like to thank Dr. Ingrid Wang and her staff, Dr. Nalesnik and his staff, and nurses Molly, Roger, and Yuon.
A private celebration of Tony's life was held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in remembrance of Tony's life to two non-profit privately funded organizations that provide assistance for patients: The Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief Program (www.copays.org); and The Chronic Disease Fund (www.cdfund.org).
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Dec. 31, 2013
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