BRIAN – Antony Theodore
Passed away peacefully at Jesse McPherson Private Hospital,
Aged 72 years.
Dearly loved son of Frank and Louise (both dec),
loved brother of Rob and Maureen, Marian, Ben(dec), Elizabeth and Graham, Theresa and Roger.
Loved uncle of his many nieces and nephews.
Your battle with the big C is over now Tony.
You fought the good fight to the end.
May you rest in peace.
BRIAN – Antony (Tony) Theodore
23/2/1949 – 11/9/2021
Your move to Moe almost 3 years ago, meant we lived in close proximity for the first time since we were children. Graham and I shared the experience of spending time with you and watching you grow as you made your new life at Mitchell Grove. I had the absolute privilege of walking with you on your journey with cancer this last year and I thank you for that, as you were a very private person. Thanks for the laughs!
Your loving sister and brother, Liz and Graham
“I will meet you at the water”
BRIAN – Tony
A dedicated member, President, Treasurer of the Moe Old Gippstown Men’s Shed.
“We should keep this as it might come in handy” was a concept that Tony did not fully grasp. Tony kept us tidy.
He will be sadly missed.
I am so sorry to hear of Tony’s death.
He was such a true character, and he also happened to be a true gentleman – which is a rare combination. I so enjoyed working with Tony – he made me feel very welcome as a new arrival to Melbourne in the early ‘90’s and I admired his development and leadership at Menere’s BMW.
His greatest joy and achievement was having you in his life. I value the memories of the fun occasions and great experiences, including Tony’s acting on stage.
I send you my thoughts and prayers in your deep loss. I will be online on Friday, and hope that we will be able to catch up soon. Love, Pike
Marketing Business Partner
Porsche Centre Brighton
I am so sorry to hear your news of Tony’s passing.
You guys were a good pair, even though you parted company, but Cheryl & I remember the lunch we had in Williamstown together which was a hoot.
Hope you can focus on the good memories of the times you shared.
Thinking of you. Best wishes & we’ll talk soon.
Paul & Cheryl
Thank you for letting me know about Tony. I have happy recollections of times when Margaret and I were with you and Tony for family gatherings and just meeting up for drinks.
My thoughts are with you at this sad time.
Very sorry to hear of Tony’s passing. He was a great guy and spent a lot of time in the car business, and I learnt a lot from him. Hope you are OK.
If your numbers are already committed, that’s fine, but if there is an opportunity could you please let me know and I will see if I can get there.
Dealer Principal | Mercedes-Benz Geelong Authorised Mercedes-Benz
Sales, Service & Parts
Firstly our sincerely condolences from the whole Stillwell Family. We certainly have very fond memories of the many years that Tony was part of the Stillwell team. There are still a few grey hairs still working with us or in close contact from the Tony era, i.e., like Rob and myself. I will pass this sad news along.
I have just learned of the passing of Tony and wanted to send all our love to you
I will call you in a few weeks as I know it is a difficult time at the moment.
I will be watching with a very sad heart, I loved Tony! He was so good to me.
Libby and Ryan Miller
Only good thoughts of Tony. Life throws up a lot to cope with.
Please make sure you look after yourself.
Sending lots of love and thinking of you at this sad time.
Tony’s service will be live streamed on Friday September 17th, 2021 at 2.pm.
To view the live stream, please CLICK HERE.
A TRUE FRIEND AND NEIGHBOURSeptember 13, 2021
WILL BE SADLY MISSED BY ALL.
A QUIET GENTLEMAN.
We are deeply saddened by the passing of such a valued member and president of Moe old Gipps town men’s shed. He was always there with a paint brush in hand , giving many tireless hours .. I enjoyed our debates fiving both of us new ways of seeing the world . Truly missed by all who worked beside him , taken to soon .September 13, 2021
Rest In Peace Uncle Tony. You were always very fun and very nice to Gary and I. I always remember the day we were at Oma and Opa’s house and you were moving and gave us lots of treasures you no longer wanted. It was like Christmas to us :) Heaven will be more fun with you up there. xoxSeptember 14, 2021
Our deepest sympathy to Liz & GrahamSeptember 14, 2021
We will miss Tony very much, as I am sure you will too
Guenter & Heidi
The Management and Staff of Old Gippstown would like to thank Tony for his tireless management and support of the many Men’s Shed projects that now enhance our park . Our sincere condolences to Tony’s family. You will be sadly missed. Farewell Tony.September 14, 2021
Dear TonySeptember 14, 2021
You came as a stranger to our little street and left as a friend. You embraced your new country life and enjoyed all the new people you met along the way. Thankyou for being my neighbour, I will miss our chats , may you Rest In Peace knowing you did your best and will be missed .
Dear Tony,September 14, 2021
I am so saddened by your passing, but also happy that you are at peace now. It was a privilege to have you as my brother.
We had the pleasure, of your company for such a short time ! But will leave great memories of a wonderful neighbour to all at, Mitchell Grove. R I P. Tony.September 14, 2021
Eternal rest grant unto him oh Lord
BLESSINGS AND LOVE TO ALL FAMILY MEMBERS
TErry and Beverley PriceSeptember 14, 2021
Sincere sympathy to the families of Tony.
Fond memories of our neighbour and friend.
We all enjoyed his company at our Dinner gatherings, (pre Covid) and having chats around the wetland area.
Rest peacefully Tony.
Sue Riches.September 14, 2021
Love and blessings to Liz and Graham. The talks, sadness, laughs and love you shared with Tony will be everlasting. Love Marg & Bren.September 15, 2021
Although such a brief time in the journey of life, meeting you will last forever. A true gentleman. You will be greatly missed.September 15, 2021
Alastair and Cheryl Doherty
Tony, we first met in the early 80’s when you had a shop in Hampton Street and then reconnected when you returned from Adelaide if I am correct and it was there a great friendship began. You were both a client, mentor and friend the latter I cherish the most. I watched as your career in the motor industry evolved and tried to apply the principles you talked abut in my business and it was those principles that made yours and Helen’s time owning Brown’s Bakery so successful. You were a great support to me in our endeavours to make Hampton Street a more vibrant and successful retail precinct. You were also one of the founding members of our small wine group. Tony thank you for your support as a client but most importantly thank you for being a friend . You will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace. DavidSeptember 15, 2021
I was 10 years old when Tony was born at home in Utrecht, the Netherlands (49bis Lepelaarstraat) on 23 February 1949. Tony was four years old when the Brian family (Frank and Louise, Rob, Marian, Ben, Tony and Liz) migrated to Australia to seek a better life with fifty pounds ($100) and a few sticks of furniture. We came to Australia by plane and because there were so many children on board we stopped in a different city and hotel every night: Rome, Cairo, Karachi. Calcutta, Singapore and Perth. Tony remembered “eating the world’s largest ice cream at an enormous hotel in Singapore”.
Despite our Dad’s very hard work with often two or more jobs at the time, poverty was a reality. Every penny had to be spent wisely. But what the family lacked in material resources, was amply compensated by the deep and affectionate love we all had for each other. Tony was no exception. In the Brian Family Profile, which we prepared to commemorate the 50th Wedding Anniversary of our parents on 28 December 1987, Tony starts off his six-page contribution thus:
“I had a very mixed childhood, often being regarded as the rebel or black sheep of the family, having developed a stubborn determination to have my own way at a very early age. Fortunately, age and experience have changed all that and I now regard myself as a very positive thinker with a willingness to compromise where the benefit will be mutual.”
Our parents instilled in us the values of hard work and honesty, of reliability and determination, of love and respect. We were taught to live simply and not beyond our means, but at the same time to use our intelligence and abilities to progress in life and thus being able to care for others. At the age of 12 Tony had secured a paper run, which paid 30 shillings per week. Tony writes: “A family policy (and a good one) was to contribute a portion of one’s income to our parents thereby teaching us the importance of budgeting and the value of money.”
Tony was no scholar. At 14 he went to Blackburn Technical School, where he seemed to be very happy. He writes: “I would have the whole class in stitches all day, thus infuriating the teachers and causing me to be punished on a regular basis”.
Tony had a very interesting and varied career, which he describes in some detail. He was a born and successful salesman, ranging from selling Men’s underwear at Myers to BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Whatever he undertook, both in business and in retirement, he earned the respect of his peers, and many became his friends.
His loyalty and love of family continued always; he never failed in giving joy to Dad during that Wednesday evening game of canasta during Dad’s final years. His lifelong closeness to our brother Ben was especially evident to all in his touching eulogy at Ben’s funeral.
His final illness was a terrible burden, of course, but whenever I rang him, he managed to sound optimistic, and he never lost his sense of humour.
Rest in peace, little brother, and no longer “rage against the dying of the light” but do “go gentle into that good night” (with apologies to Dylan Thomas).
Rob BrianSeptember 15, 2021
Helen, my sincere condolences at the loss of Tony. What a great guy. We spent so many, many hours together in the dealerships. Sitting in Tony’s office with Bib….talking about business and ways to make more business. Those were the days…and such memorable experiences. I have so much respect for his enormous sales skill and ability. Sadly lost but truly remembered. Fondest regards Robert StillwellSeptember 15, 2021
Tony was a new found friend when we first moved to Moe. We enjoyed his company and the extensive knowledge of BMW that he shared so freely.September 15, 2021
He will be sadly missed.
I first met Tony at the Moe Old Gippstown Men’s Shed , where he was a great asset. As has been said, he was aways looking for ways to help out the group. He did a great job when he became president, as he used the skills he had gained in life to do such a great job as our treasurer as well.. He will be sorely missed by us all.September 16, 2021
Tony always had a quiet, calm strength about him when we worked together for the Stillwell Family. Our deepest sympathy to Liz and Graham, and all the Family. Regards Dawn & Ray DethridgeSeptember 16, 2021
[Uncle Tony] It is with sadness that I write this tribute to you. You came into our story at a later chapter, our story joined from here where we shared a friendship. Together we held conversations of a business nature that we could both relate to. I enjoyed these moments. I struggle to understand why our stories are sometimes shortened, why they don’t go further beyond our imagination. You accepted our family into your story, as we have yours. We felt connected, loved, and let go of the idea of a judgmental creator. Your journey has not run short of path, your exploration now begins another chapter with love itself. To thine own self be true, LukeSeptember 16, 2021
Your true sense of family, especially spending valuable time with Opa in his final years, are a tribute to you, dear Uncle Tony. I always enjoyed catching up with you each time we went to Melbourne to visit Oma and Opa. I will never forget your dry sense of humour and that laugh!
Karsten and I were so grateful that you and Helen came to Sydney to be a part of our marriage celebration in 2006. This was the last time I saw you.
Rest peacefully dear uncle reunited with your Mum and Dad and your brother Ben.
Love KatieSeptember 17, 2021
Farewell old mate, we did not have your friendship for very long, but we filled it with fun, laughter numerous challenges and many successes. Your insight and life experiences you shared with us was always a source of amusement and respect. We will miss your fussing around in the shed, picking up and cleaning up after us with the occasional growl, anywhere flat has become a darn storage area. You will be sorely missed mate.September 17, 2021
Loved your sense of humour and positive outlook on life.September 17, 2021
I remember you gave a speech at our engagement, showing that you looked out for me in a special way.
I’m so glad I was able to see you earlier in the year. You are now at peace and you are remembered with love.
I have fond childhood memories of Uncle Tony on our holidays to Melbourne to see Oma and Opa and the extended family. I remember his good sense of humour, his charm and his warmth. He was the ‘fun’ and slightly rebellious Uncle, which as a child seemed such a contrast to his brother, Rob (our Dad) who was as far as we were aware rather conservative. There was something captivating and exciting about Tony. He was certainly his own person which I was both intrigued and inspired by. As a child I thought you had to ‘be’ what was expected of you. I guess you could say that Uncle Tony showed me you could decide your own path in life.
Whilst I didn’t really know Uncle Tony well, especially in my adult years, I feel he enjoyed the best life had to offer, despite challenges along the way. I know he experienced love and loss, success and failure, happiness and grief. Forever the salesman, I believe he approached everything in his life with passion and determination. A true and loyal friend and loving family man.
Rest peacefully Uncle Tony. You will be remembered well.September 17, 2021