Tony leaves a remarkable legacy, especially at the diocesan offices. A servant of the Church of Green Bay for 34 years, Tony was an advisor, a mentor and a good friend to perhaps hundreds of employees. As director of communications, Tony played a vital role in the diocese’s relationship with the media. His behind-the-scenes work went unnoticed by many radio, television and newspaper audiences, but not those with whom he worked.
Within minutes after Deacon Tim Reilly, director of administration for the Green Bay Diocese, had informed diocesan employees about Tony’s passing last Monday, tributes began pouring in. His colleagues remember Tony’s care and compassion for them and their families. They remember his sense of humor and his ability to make everyone feel important and needed.
It’s been a difficult journey, these past 17 months, watching a beloved colleague battle cancer while standing strong. As long as he could, Tony reached out to others, expressing an interest in their lives while knowing his own life on earth was ending. He cracked his jokes and people laughed.
Humor made the pain easier to bear.
As Tony’s family and friends mourn his passing and celebrate his birth into new life, we offer one final expression of love. As a resurrection people, we’re confident Tony will hear these words and with a smile and wink he’ll acknowledge, “Right back at you.”