Antonio Jose Suarez

  • "I was thinking about Tony today. I met Tony at Ric Flairs..."
    - Kenneth Collins
  • "I am glad the guestbook is still going. I was thinking..."
    - Dave Pierce
  • "Tony and Ii played together at ASU, his death rocked me......"
    - Luis sastoque
  • "Tony Suarez was one of the first heroes I ever had. As an..."
    - Russ Meyer
  • "Tony, You are missed. I want to light a candle for you...."
    - Alexis Anderson

Antonio Jose Suarez
Mr. Suarez, 51, died early Wednesday, April 18, 2007. He was born February 2, 1956 in Havana, Cuba to Roberto and Miriam Suarez. Tony came to Charlotte with his family in 1972 and attended Myers Park High School, graduating in 1974. He attended Appalachian State University and received a BA in Business Administration from Belmont Abbey College. Tony was an avid soccer player who played professionally with both the Carolina Lightin' and the Cleveland Force teams. He was known for his long hair and lightning speed that thrilled Charlotte fans in 1981.
Tony was a loving father, husband, son, uncle, brother, and friend that will always be remembered for his sense of humor and his competitive nature. Survivors include his wife, Marianne; children, Autumn and Antonio Capy; parents, Roberto and Miriam Suarez of Miami, FL; grandmother, Amelia Campuzano of Miami, FL; siblings, Roberto Suarez, Jr., Miriam King and husband, Morgan, Elena Suarez, Armando Suarez, Raul Suarez, Teresa Suarez and husband, Jim Fernandez, of Miami, Esperanza Kelly and husband, Steve, of Brisbane, Australia, Miguel Suarez of Cayman Islands, Carlos Suarez and wife, Barbara, Gonzalo Suarez, and Ana Fleming and husband, Tom, of Charlotte, NC; mother-in-law, Ellie Fagan; sisters and brothers-in-law, Giacomo and Kami Fagan, Ellie and Louis Rose, Joseph Fagan, Eileen and Eric Jones, Kevin and Stephanie Fagan; and wonderful nieces and nephews, Carlos, Jesse, Cheryl, Michael, Gonzalo Jr., Lena, Alejandra, Roberto, Louis IV, Ragan, Elizabeth, Mary Frances, Wilson, Giacomo, Tori, and Tara.
A prayer service will be held on Friday, April 20 at 7:00 PM at Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service with the family receiving friends following until 8:30 PM. A Funeral Mass to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, April 21 at 9:30 AM at St. Patrick's Cathedral.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Alzheimer's Association Western Carolina, Box 999, 3800 Shamrock Dr. Charlotte, North Carolina 28215.
Arrangements are in the care of Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service 1111 East Blvd., online at .
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Apr. 20, 2007