TONY (JAMES ANTHONY) FOSTER

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TONY (JAMES ANTHONY) FOSTER As was his style, he made a quick getaway on May 19, 2012. Some people have dreams so magnificent that it guarantees them immortality. To us he is immortal: An irreplaceable man with a passion for life and love. Born in Winnipeg August 3, 1932, Tony was a 14th generation Canadian, the eldest son of Major General Harry Wickwire Foster and Margaret (Margo) Ruth Muir Foster. He attended 17 schools, including King's Edgehill, Nova Scotia. He joined the merchant navy at fifteen working the Atlantic trade routes. He served in the US Army and fought in the Korean War. Tony's aviation career spanned more than half his life. He was a commercial airline captain, a bush pilot, an executive pilot, a crop duster and owner of a small aircraft business. He flew an array of aircraft around the globe. Crop dusting and forestry spraying were his favourites because he said they were the most difficult, the most dangerous and the most fun. Always looking for adventure, Tony managed to get involved in two Latin American Revolutions. During his travels, he happily provided smuggling services of assorted contraband and became an involuntary guest of the Nicaraguan, US and Canadian Governments. Tony always had a talent with words and an ability to spin a truly believable yarn. His first novel, "Zig Zag to Armageddon" was a New York Times bestseller. He authored fifteen books, including "Meeting of Generals" for which he won the Canadian Authors Association Award for best Non-Fiction in Canada in 1987, as well as the Evelyn Richardson Memorial Prize. He produced numerous network television scripts and mini-series. He acted in several movies and television productions. Tony fit several lifetimes of adventure into his 79 years. He adored his children, who adored him right back. He always had a twinkle in his eye and would break into song at the drop of a hat. He was larger than life. Adored by one another for over 40 years and forever entwined in the heart of his wife Lorraine. Always to be remembered with love and lots of laughter by his children: Peter, Emily and Alice and their mother Helen Wickwire-Foster; Paul and Luke and their mother the late Shirley Rose Foster. His legacy will continue with his grandchildren: Samantha and Madison; Alexander, Erin and Sarah; Antonio and Isabelle. He is survived by his brother David whom he loved. Tony's spirit will continue to live in the hearts and minds of his family and friends both near and far. If desired, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Condolences and stories may be sent to Lorraine at: [email protected]

Published in the Toronto Star on May 26, 2012
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