Anthony Michael Tanner was born Dec. 2, 1930 in Marylebone, London and died Feb. 26, 2013 at the age of 82 in Oregon. He passed away peacefully in Medford near his adopted hometown of Klamath Falls, Ore., where he had lived for the last 30 years.
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A proud naturalized American citizen, he was actually a "cockney" and born within the sound of "bow bells," an area of London that is covered by the Saint Mary's Church Bells.
He was a man of the world and his life was nothing less than an adventure. He had lived in Cape Town, Harare (Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe), Sydney, Genoa, South End on Sea, Southwest Africa, Saint John New Brunswick, Canada, Yakima, Wash., Mobile, Ala., and Philadelphia. He did a spell in the Yukon and traveled numerous times to Asia and the Asia pacific.
Anthony lived in Philadelphia and grew up in Portsmouth, the home of the British Royal Navy, and traveled to the Holy Land.
A highly respected Lion, he was nominated as president and traveled extensively to other Lions chapters around the world.
A jack-of-all-trades, he had done it all, running a laundry business in London and holding several positions aboard ships in the British merchant marine. He had a jewelry business in Zimbabwe and established branches in Sydney and Genoa, Italy. He worked on the railroad in Canada, was an editor for the Herald and Tribune and became a reputable caregiver and social worker in Klamath Falls, Ore.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda A. Tanner of Klamath Falls, Ore.; and children Wendy Bracknell (Tanner), South End on Sea, England; Mark Tanner, South End on Sea, England; Nicholas Anthony Tanner, Cape Town, South Africa; Simon John Tanner, Helsingborg, Sweden; Dominic Michael Tanner, Sydney, Australia; Tatiana Tanner, Klamath Falls, Ore. and grandchildren Martin Bracknell, Daniel Bracknell, Emma Bracknell, Jordan Tanner, Victoria Lillian Tanner, Cameron Tanner, Daniella Maria Tanner, Theodore Anthony Tanner, Declan Connor Tanner and Quinn Tanner.
A Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Rogatian Urassa, celebrant. Viewing will be from 1 to 4 p.m. today in Davenport's Chapel.
Davenport's Chapel of the Good Shepherd, directors now located at 2680 Memorial Drive, Klamath Falls, OR, (541)883-3458, is in charge of the arrangements.
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Davenport's Chapel of the Good Shepherd
2680 Memorial Drive
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
Published in Herald And News on Mar. 3, 2013