This is devastatingly sad news. I know what a tight group all you guys were and remember those San Francisco days fondly. Everyone getting together to play baseball, then often going out to play pool after games.
Being the wife of one of his buddies, I personally did not spend a lot of time with Tony, but heard many stories: baseball draft, poker night, Craig's list guru writer, and more.
Tony visited and stayed with us in Santa Monica before meeting with a Hollywood producer for his film, and it was one of the first times I really had a chance to see who he was as a person rather than just seeing him at baseball games or at an event with friends. He was a very polite, cheerful, low key, guest, and seemed excited that his film script was moving. Then, a few years ago we visited him at his small but seemingly happy and self sufficient San Francisco apartment wherein he cheerfully gave us a “tour,” and described items in that apartment, as well as family photos. It was pretty entertaining the way he described his surroundings. I do think he was baking cookies at the time and it always impresses me when guys cook or bake!
I saw Tony as a kind, thoughtful, intelligent, tall, good looking, funny, sharp-witted guy, and a truly talented comic writer who still had so much to offer, develop, and explore, in whatever he chose to do. It didn't matter.
I hope he is at peace wherever he is now. Our family's condolences to his family and all his friends. While hearts are broken, keep him alive in your hearts. Keep sharing stories and memories. Cheers to a very witty, kind-hearted man. You will be sorely missed.
Vicki Faraone Crawford