ANSELMO , Anthony Garry (Tony) OC March 14, 1918 - November 10, 2009 It is with great sadness we announce the passing of a magnificent man Tony Anselmo, beloved husband of Minerva Anselmo. Tony was born in Michel, B.C. and grew up in Vancouver. He met Minerva at an RCAF dinner in Regina and they married March 13, 1943 in Pincher Creek. He was trained as a wireless operator and gunner for the Air Force at SAIT, and flew forty-one RCAF bomber missions overseas. He returned to Vancouver after the war and reestablished his career with Canada Safeway. He worked his way up through the ranks and retired as President and CEO of Canada Safeway and a director of Safeway U.S. Inc. Tony devoted his time to his passionate support for Canadian Football and Amateur sports through his many offices with the Calgary Stampeder Football Club and the improvements he instituted in McMahon Stadium. Tony was a community builder of the highest caliber and his efforts as a leader had a significant positive impact on those around him and wider society. His impressive accomplishments and talents were widely acknowledged and he was formally recognized many times for his contributions to the community. Most recently in September of this year Tony traveled to Winnipeg to be inducted in the CFL Hall of Fame. His service to the community was only outshone by his commitment and dedication to his family and friends. Tony was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and he leaves behind his family and many friends who loved him, enjoyed his wonderful sense of humor, and will dearly miss this man of immeasurable accomplishments and uncompromising integrity. Besides his loving wife Minerva, Tony is survived by his children and their spouses, Garry and Irma Anselmo of Vancouver, Dale LeBis of Calgary and Toni and Paul Trudel of Calgary; five grandchildren and their spouses, Janelle, David (Lisa), Adrien (Ana), Jeffrey and Lee. Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church (4718 Worcester Drive S.W.) on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com . In living memory of Tony Anselmo, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: 403-243-8200.
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Published in The Calgary Herald from Nov. 13 to Nov. 15, 2009