Anthony Howard Chadwick, lovingly known as Tony, transitioned beyond this Earthly plane on August 31st 2023, in the early evening hours, surrounded by his family. He was 53 years old. Tony was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado. As the child of an Air Force Officer, Tony spent his childhood years in Colorado, Virginia, and Arizona, where he ultimately settled and spent his life. Tony was a beloved son, brother, nephew, cousin, and friend.
From the time he was a little boy, Tony was an unstoppable force. Once he decided to take something on or engage in a new endeavor, Tony was fearless and focused. Whether it was diving off the high dive as the shining star of the swim team, at a mere four years old, or picking up his first drumsticks as a teenager; when he put his mind to it, Tony excelled with grit, tenacity, and inherent talent. Growing up, Tony won countless trophies and ribbons as both a swimmer and soccer player. He was a natural athlete and a gracious teammate.
Perhaps one of Tony’s greatest strengths was his sensitivity and sense of justice, although he would have argued this point with an off-handed joke and a mischievous grin. He fought for the underdog and could not stand by when others were faced with adversity or suffering. Tony was not afraid to speak out and step up for others, even if it was uncomfortable. As such, Tony used humor to defuse and offset these moments, or just to make us all laugh. He was truly one of the funniest humans we knew. Family gatherings were often spent losing our collective breaths with uncontrollable waves of laughter, given Tony’s quick wit and razor-sharp, hilarious observations of a situation or just the world in general.
Just as he was complex in who he was, Tony was equally complex in his diverse interests and pursuit of learning. Tony loved sports, history, and science and was trivia junkie. He was also a passionate animal lover who always took in strays. In the latter part of his career, Tony worked in the world of finance as a compliance examiner, and was able to embrace his wanderlust, traveling throughout the country. Ultimately, however, Tony’s greatest passion was music. He loved to listen to it, learn about it, and most of all, play it. Tony was an incredibly gifted drummer who was able to live his dream playing with The Piersons during their heyday in the 1990’s, performing live, touring, making albums, and engaging in the expected rock & roll shenanigans. He was affectionately known as “Grandma” given his futile attempts at keeping his beloved bandmates, Patrick Sedillo, Scotty Moore, & Dug Nichols, in line. It was a highlight of his life and an era of which he fondly reflected and reminisced. Watching Tony play was truly joyous, as he consistently performed at a level of personal transcendence.
Tony is survived by his immediate family, mother, Gail Chadwick of Arizona, two sisters, Leslie Chadwick of Arizona and Jennifer Chadwick of California, and his beloved feline, Spidey. Tony is also survived by his Aunt & Godmother, Patricia Carey of New York, and East & West Coast cousins, David Carey (Wife, Nancy Carroll), Elizabeth Webb (Husband, Jim Webb), and Paul Carey (Wife, Marlene Zimmerling), as well as countless friends who enriched his life. Tony is now at peace having joined his father, Peter Chadwick, who preceded him in death in November 2014.
Tony will be deeply missed by all who knew and cherished him. We will forever miss the twinkle in his eye, the sound of his laugh, his warm hugs, but most of all, his loving presence in our lives.
A sunset Celebration of Life will be held to honor Tony at the family home on Saturday evening, October 21, 2023, from 4:30-8:30 PM. Stories and memories will be shared and refreshments will be served. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Saint Francis Feline Sanctuary at https://felinesanctuary.org/, Halo Animal Rescue at https://www.halorescue.org/donate , or another no-kill animal shelter of your choice.