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Last updated on 19 June, 2018 at 1:01 PM
Tony, as he was known after he passed out, died peacefully in his bed at 3 p.m. on 22 March 2006 from pancreatic cancer in the company of his wife, Maureen and his eldest son, Tony. His other sons John, James and Andrew were also present in the hospital.
He was cremated on 30 March 2006. The cremation was preceded by a beautiful service at St John the Evangelist Church in Bracebridge Heath where Tony used to worship.
Tony Mooney wrote:
Judith and I set our alarm clocks to wake us at 5.30 a.m. so that we could leave by 6.30. We knew it was a two hour journey and wanted some leeway in case of heavy traffic. The road was briskly busy but the traffic flowed well and we arrived soon after 8 o'clock. Everyone was in good spirits although subdued. As the time passed everyone quietly made their way to the church about half-a-mile away.
It was a beautiful service with a eulogy read by Tony's eldest son (also named Tony) on behalf of the family. The vicar was a lovely man who knew Tony well having met him on one of his courses. As we left the church I noticed a lot of tears in the congregation.
Lincoln City Crematorium wasn't far away, just a few miles, and we all made our way there by car for a short committal service. Afterwards, his daughter-in-law, Lez provided us all with good maps and instructions and we made our way safely to her house in Saxilby about eight miles away on the other side of Lincoln.
She had arranged a very good and gentle reception; there was tea and coffee as we arrived with her children, Tom and Emma dealing with everyone's coats. I spoke to almost everyone there and they were all very sad at Tony's death. They remembered him as a wonderful, man, husband, father and grandfather and a true friend to all who knew him. He was extremely well-liked and loved.
We came away at about 2 p.m. and drove home in a reflective mood.