Anthony Paul ""Tony"" Urban died on Jan. 12, 2014, in Smithfield, Va., at the age of 59.
Tony grew up in Wickliffe and joined the Air Force after graduating from St. Joseph's.
He was a member of the Air Force for 18 years and was stationed in Texas, Japan, North Dakota and Virginia.
Tony's outgoing personality allowed him to make friends easily wherever he went. He went on to a second career as a real estate salesman after retiring from the Air Force as a Master Sergeant.
The last few years of Tony's life were lived in pain, as time after time he fought back against the effects of advanced colon cancer. This fighting spirit was natural to him as Tony was a judo competitor, starting judo in Wickliffe at the Akiya's, and then traveling all over the world to compete as a member of the Air Force Judo and World Military teams. Tony's insistence on taking judo lessons eventually involved his other three brothers in the sport and resulted in at least one broken cocktail table in the Urban household.
Tony was the son of the late Charles V. Urban and Grace Santora Urban of Melbourne, Fla. In addition to his father, Tony was preceded in death by his brother, Charles.
He leaves behind Sharon, his current wife, and first wife, Robin; daughters, Christine Urban and Marie (Tim Browne) Urban; sons, Bryan S. Frye (Christine) Jr.; sisters, Faith and Hope Urban; and brothers, Brian Urban (Onin) and Neil Urban.
He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Ethan and Cash, grandchild Frye; nieces and nephews; and a host of extended family and friends.
Tony was a husband, father, brother and grandfather, and will be truly missed.
He was buried in Virginia, on Jan. 16, 2014.
In his memory, please have a colorectal screening when you are 50.
Published in www.News-Herald.com from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1, 2014