ANTHONY SUTTON ADAMS Nov. 14, 1943- Sept. 21, 2013 Our beloved Tony passed peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends. A wonderful brother, father, grandfather, husband and friend, he was wrapped in the warm embrace of the jazz music he loved and the people who loved him.
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Tony was born in Bracebridge, Ontario on the Muskoka Lakes he cherished. He was curious, engaged, opinionated and asking the tough questions throughout his rich and full life. Capable of great practicality - he had a BSc and a Masters of Science in Engineering both from U of T - he had an artist's passion and was a gifted piano player. A man of great principal, he encouraged all around him to follow their dreams and was supportive of any risk taking, especially if it meant starting a business, even in the arts. He supported all of his family's entrepreneurial instincts and was a founding shareholder in Toronto's NOW Magazine.
With a big heart and a bigger smile, Tony could light up a room. He shared and nurtured a deep love of music among his family and friends and his passionate, sometimes playful piano playing was always a cherished highlight of almost any occasion. Tony loved his time in Muskoka, especially working as a bus boy at what was Dunn's Pavilion, during its glory days as a jazz venue, now the Kee to Bala. One of his regular duties was to bring Duke Ellington a bowl of ice cream before the legend lead his big band onstage, one of Tony's many highlights working at Dunn's.
In an active and successful business career, Tony was a longtime partner at Price Waterhouse before forming Chartwell, his own consulting firm. He was also a devoted fulltime dog walker to his pal, Emmalea.
Tony is survived by his partner Jane Halliday, brother and sister Kim and Kerry Adams and their families, son Michael Hollett, daughters Kate and Shari Hollett and grandchildren: Lauren Hollett, Jules Hollett, Chloe Korenblum, Sam Earle, Lucy Earle and Reed Hollett. Tony was pre-deceased by his wife of many years Pat Adams. Please play a track by Fats Waller, Oscar Peterson or the entire Frank Sinatra Live at the Sands album and pour a martini or raise a cocktail in his honour. And smile considering a life beautifully lived.
Published in National Post on Sept. 26, 2013