Antonio Maes

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  • "Be in peace my friend. Tony and I were friends first..."
    - Helen Gallegos
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Maes, Antonio "Tony"

June 11, 1938 - April 1, 2017



Antonio "Tony" Maes, age 78, resident of Albuquerque passed away April 1, 2017.

Tony is survived by family members, brother Floyd his wife, Maxine and fourteen nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents Juan and Eloisa; sisters Mary and Jennie; brothers Gilbert, Charlie, Joseph and Larry.

Tony was born and raised in Mora, NM where he attended St Gertrude High. He graduated from The University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Science majoring in mathematics and physics. Tony received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force and later retired after 25 years from the New Mexico State Highway Department as a Software Specialist Supervisor.

From a curious child to a brilliant man, "Uncle Tony" is remembered by his nephews and nieces as a lover of music exemplified as a member of College of Santa Fe Chorus and Santa Fe Opera volunteer work. He thought mathematics and sciences were elegant, he knew WWI & WWII history like a professor. He always wanted to learn more and was grateful for the opportunities and adventures that education had presented him. He had a twinkle in his eye, always presented a challenge of some sort, and always listened to what you had to say. His easy-going contemplative conversational style had a calming and soothing effect which was grown from a humble and loving nature.

He bestowed two great pieces of advice: 1) "If you don't ask for something, you don't get it" and 2) "Have fun"...with those that are dear to you. His deep-felt generosity with fresh cut flowers from his garden and the wisdom of his mannerism is much appreciated. Antonio "Tony" Maes, our Uncle Tony will be missed by all.

Cremation has taken place. As per his wishes, his ashes will be taken back to the "irrigation ditch where I played as a child and where I spent the happiest days of my life" in Mora, N.M.

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Apr. 30, 2017