A.G. "Tony" Fernandez
Toale Brothers Funeral Home & Crematory - Bradenton Chapel
912 53rd Ave W.
Bradenton, FL
Fernandez, A.G. "Tony"
Aug. 21, 1921 - May 12, 2012
A.G. "Tony" Fernandez, founding member of Sarasota Broadcasting Company and WKXY radio passed in his sleep Saturday (May 12, 2012) at the age of 90. It was Tony's dream to own a radio station after serving in WWII (a Lieutenant and member of 134th AAA Gun Battalion (mobile) deployed to Europe defending England against Germany's Buzz Bombs and aircraft bombardments). The knowledge he received from his degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and his WWII command of a radar battery for his artillery unit gave him the edge to start Sarasota's second radio station. He owned and operated the station for 50 years until finally selling the station in 1999. When Tony arrived in Sarasota after the war with his bride, Rose, he quickly became one of the core community leaders that help shape the Sarasota we know today. His philosophy of using his radio station for community affairs and local news dissemination led to his emersion into the city (and county) we know today. He served as PTA President for Tuttle Elementary and Sarasota Junior High School. He was an active Rotarian and was President of the Downtown Sarasota Rotary Club in 1968. He was involved in the construction of Concordia Lutheran Church where he was a member. Community boards of non-profit organizations used his organizational skills. He was the past chairman of the YMCA building committee and past District Chairman of the Sunny Land (Boy Scouts) Council where he was awarded the Live Oak Award, the highest distinction a district can give for long and outstanding service. Tony was a proponent of the agriculture industry in Sarasota County and served on the Sarasota County Agricultural Fair Association Board until his death. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Rose. Sons Charles Fernandez and Tony Fernandez, both of Sarasota. Daughters Daryl Flynn and Sheila Roberts, both of Orlando. Grandchildren Kimberly Hoyle (Houston, TX), Jennifer Berndsen (Fairfax, VA), Christopher Fernandez (Sarasota), James Flynn (Orlando), Mathew Roberts (Orlando), Laura Roberts (Orlando), Casey Fernandez (Sarasota) and Great-Grandchild Nadine Hoyle (Houston, TX). Visitation: Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Service: Friday, May 18, 2012 - 8:30 AM - Toale Brothers, 40 North Orange Avenue, Sarasota. Burial: Friday, May 18, 2012 - 10:30 AM - Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72 Sarasota. Tony Fernandez was a great husband, father, grandfather, broadcaster, businessman and Sarasota pioneer.

Published by Herald Tribune from May 16 to May 17, 2012.
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To the Fernandez Family,
Some of the best times of my "radio" life were while I worked for Tony & his brother Charlie at WKXY. Tony taught me many things that I have remembered throughout my radio career.

My sympathy on your loss. He was a very fine person and I am happy to have known and worked for him.
Greg Rice
May 26, 2012
Dear Daryl,
My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Your Dad's will always be with you in your heart.
Jeannette Gabay
Jeannette Gabay
May 17, 2012
Dear Daryl,
The staff of the LIA expresses their condolences and prays to you and your family. Thank God, your dad is in his comforting arms now!
The Laser Institute Staff
May 17, 2012
Dear Rosie, Charlie and Fernandez Family -
May God's comfort embrace you all as you grieve. I believe that Edna and Bill Carey have welcomed Tony to Heaven with open arms. With warm memories and blessings,
Carol Carey Godwin
May 17, 2012
Sheila, praying for you and your family in this time of loss. God and time are the best comfort you can have. Remember Tony, but let him go. He is with God now and will have no more suffering or sorrow. He will be waiting for you and watching over you until you meet again. Love you all Maurie & Dennis
Maurie & Dennis Duggan
May 17, 2012
Praying for you and your family.may the Lord Jesus comfort your hearts as only he can do.your dad made our youth so fun by the music he played for all to enjoy .Remember the good times.God bless you.love Maria
May 17, 2012
My condolences to the Fernandez family. Annette Huskins (former Sarasota Co. Fair Office Employee)
Annette Huskins
May 16, 2012
Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers. We pray that as you process this hole in your hearts that you will be able to remember the good and positive times in Tony's life.
Angelo "Charlie" Covino family,
Jonesborough Tennessee
angelo "charlie" covino
May 16, 2012
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