TONY C. TOMLINSON
1952 - 2020
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TOMLINSON, TONY C.
On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, Tony C. Tomlinson died peacefully in Gainesville, Florida at the age of 67.
Tony was born on July 31, 1952 in Knoxville, TN to Tommy and Margaret Tomlinson. On September 9, 1972 he married his high school sweetheart, Linda Haguewood Tomlinson. They were married for 47 years in Gainesville. They raised two sons, Craig and Cory Tomlinson of Gainesville. He graduated from Gainesville High School in 1970 and the University of Florida. He was part of the 1969 GHS state basketball team. Tony owned Tomlinson Furniture Refinishing and refinished many antiques for the Gainesville community.
Tony enjoyed his family and friends. He coached youth sports for many years in both Gainesville and Alachua. His passion for helping allowed him to work as a substitute teacher at Irby Elementary, coach, basketball referee, SBAC bus driver, and friend to many in the community. The children he worked with in education knew him for his magic tricks and as 'Pappy' the Magician. In his retired life, he attended his granddaughters sporting events and worked in his beloved yard. His refinishing business allowed him to create and fix wonderful pieces of furniture. Tony will be remembered for his willingness to help and his kind spirit to anyone he met.
Tony is survived by his wife Linda Tomlinson, his two sons, Craig Tomlinson, Cory Tomlinson and wife Kristina; 2 grandchildren Anna and Lily Tomlinson, brother Bruce Tomlinson (Sharon), sister Frances Fernandez (Pepe); his nieces, nephews, family, and friends. Tony was preceded in death by his parents, Tommy F. Tomlinson and Margaret A. Tomlinson of Gainesville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to E.T. York Hospice Care Center, 4200 NW 90 Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606. The family of Tony Tomlinson would like to thank the E.T. York Care Center and Gainesville community for all of their prayers and well wishes. Services to be announced at a later date.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601. 352-376-5361.
www.milamfh.com

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Published in Gainesville Sun from May 16 to May 19, 2020.
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May 24, 2020
Cory, I didnt know your father, but if youre anything like him, he must have been a great guy. Peace to you and your entire family during this precious time.
Dale E. Williams
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May 20, 2020
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May 19, 2020
So sorry to hear of Tonys death. I was in his graduating class and knew his father, mother and brother. He was always kind, thoughtful and a good listener. My prayers are with you Linda and Bruce. Robert Craig
Robert Craig
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May 18, 2020
I loved having Tony substitute in my kindergarten class. He was always complimentary how organized my lesson plans were, and the children loved him. He did magic tricks for them and was pleasant and upbeat. I am so sorry that he is gone. He was a bright light in this world.
Janice Andrews
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May 18, 2020
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Deborah Wilbanks
May 17, 2020
So sorry to hear of Tony's passing. I came to know Tony when his mother and I became friends at the Atrium. He loved giving Margaret a hard time. Sending prayers to Linda, Bruce and the rest of the family.
Carol King
Friend
May 17, 2020
Our family is so sorry to hear of Tony passing. Our sympathies to the family. Dianne and her mother Rose were good friends of his parents. Dianne use to babysit Tony when he was a boy.
Ward Angela)
Friend
May 17, 2020
I met Tony across the street, my place,and in the 1970s. I was a widow and over the years he did a lot of things that helped. But mostly we talked about things that were good, funny or sometimes even Presidents and Governors. My thoughts for Linda, Craig and Cory..
Donna Alsbury
Neighbor
May 17, 2020
Linda and Family, I am so sorry for your loss! He was such a good friend to Bill. He will be missed by many people.
Sarah Wise
Friend
May 16, 2020
Linda, Craig, Cory, and families. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. I am glad to have known and coached with Tony. He was a blessing to everyone he met.
Garry
Friend
May 16, 2020
Pete and I are so sorry for your loss. You have so many memories to cherish. Pete's Mom, Rose often talked about Tony as a child.
Pete Wickham
Friend
May 16, 2020
In loving memory of a fine man neighbor and friend. Tony was one of the best neighbors anyone could wish for. His laugh was truly infectious. He loved any dog he met. Many years ago (1993), I had a dog who escaped often enough to go swim at Tony and Linda's that it became a routine. They would let Zeke stay a while to swim with their dogs and then Craig or Cory would bring Zeke. Always willing to lend a hand. Breaks my heart he has left his earthly bounds. My heart aches for Linda, Craig, Cory and the rest of his family and friends. May peace me with you all.
Diana Handros
Neighbor
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