RCN MS Nav Com Anthony "Tony" John Dwyer
Retired RCN MS Nav Com Anthony "Tony" John Dwyer, 54, passed away on 16 July 2018 surrounded by his loving family at the Saint John Regional Hospital. Born 8 December 1963 to Marie (McLaughlin) and the late Gerald Dwyer where he was raised in a small fishing village off the northeastern coast of Newfoundland called Tilting, Fogo Island.
Tony was a beloved son, brother, father, grandfather, partner and friend to all. A decorated and very proud veteran, Tony left home in 1981 to serve his country in the RCN. He was a person you could count on, a reliable and trusted confidant, and a proud father and grandfather. Tony was the life of the party, making everyone he met feel welcomed into his home and his life. A pillar of the Petitcodiac, NB, community, he was a large part of the music scene, often opening up ‘Dwyer’s Irish Pub’ to all the locals to join in song and dance. Tony was also an active voice for the Veterans’ Affairs community advocating for all of his brothers & sisters-in-arms.
In addition to his mother, Tony is survived by his partner Catherine "Normie" Geldart, RN; daughter, Kayln (Ryan); son Jarryd; granddaughter, Madison; grandsons, Gabriel and Ben; brother, Jerome; sisters, Helen (Norman), Carol Ann, Lisa (Michael); step-son, Matthew Conrad McNeil Rockwell; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his father, Tony was predeceased by his sister, Susan; nieces, Vanessa and April and beloved dog, Benji.
Resting at the Salisbury Funeral Home, 3350 Rte 106, Salisbury West, NB (506-372-4800) from where visitation will take place on Thursday, July 19 2018 from 1800 - 2100 hrs. The Royal Canadian Legion will conduct a tribute to a Veteran service at 1745 hrs. The Dwyer & Geldart families welcome everyone to Tony’s Celebration of Life, which will be held at the same location on 20 July 2018 at 1300 hrs with Rev. Chris Hayes officiating. Interment will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Petitcodiac, NB.
Memorial donations to Paws Fur Thought (service dogs for vets or first responders), Poppy Trust Fund or Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.
Tony’s welcoming smile, disarming personality, and his dad’s chuckle will be missed by all. Fair winds and following seas, Tilting sailor. We have the watch.
The dream never dies, just the singer. A.J. Dwyer