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In Loving Memory of

Anton (Tony) Edgar Gnadinger

1924 - 2020

Obituary of Anton (Tony) Edgar Gnadinger

Anton (Tony) Edgar Gnadinger

Tony Gnadinger peacefully passed away the morning of Wednesday February 6th, 2020 at the Niagara Health-Welland Site at the age of 95. The family would like to thank the staff at the Welland site on the 6th floor for caring and making Tony comfortable until the end.

Born in Zurich, Switzerland on December 13, 1924 he was the son of Emil, a butcher. His longevity seemed to be passed on by his mother Emilie who died in her 92 year. He immigrated to England in the early 1950’s and married Toni Pauline Fowler. It was during this time that he helped to cater Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953.

As a married couple, they immigrated to Toronto, and had two children; Guy Anton (1956) and Kim Shelley (1958). Residing for a brief time in Toronto before he took a chef position in Bermuda. After separating from Toni and returning to Toronto years later, he continued to hone his skills as an international chef in places such as The Old Mill, Northwood Country Club, The Queensway Hospital and various others.

After watching his children marry: Guy to Linda (1977) and Kim to Allan (1979) he was able to welcome each of his grandchildren (Anton, Christopher, Tasha, Adam and Erika) and watched each of them marry and bless him with eleven great grandchildren (Riley, Maximus, Xavier, Suzannah, Thomas, Liam, Ava, Emma, Gavin, Maya and Logan). He took pride that all his offspring were healthy, happy and successful!

His passion was to travel in any mode and once took a bus to Peru. He saw many of the jazz legends like Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker live in concert. He was an avid reader and was never one to reminisce and instead looked to the future. He loved a good meal, a Cuban cigar and single malt scotch. His favourite past time was to walk and people watch. He loved to engage in lively conversations about politics and the stock market and had a daily ritual of visiting the “geezers” in the park.

Essentials Cremation and Burial Services has been entrusted with arrangements. For those who wish, donations may be made to Prostate Cancer Canada or the Salvation Army. Online condolences may be shared on Anton's tribute page on

He will be missed for his eccentricities, his opinions and his fierce independence! Rest in Peace Dad/Grandpa/Great Grandpa.

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Guy Anton Gnadinger
4 years ago

Tony with his Grand daughters at their Weddings Erika and Tasha

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Guy Anton Gnadinger
4 years ago

Sharing a brandy with Vera

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Guy Anton Gnadinger
4 years ago

Friends at the park

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Jill Carpenter and Frank Ritzheimer
4 years ago

Kim, It’s obvious you and your Dad shared a “zest” for life. He was a memorable man and I always enjoyed your stories of your Dad.
He was blessed to have you for his daughter.
Love Jill and Frank

Mary Hernandez 🇺🇸
4 years ago

Sorry for your loss Kim.

Mary Hernandez 🇺🇸
4 years ago

Sorry for your loss Kim. Looks as if your father had a very colorful life. RIP Anton.


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