Deceased December 27, 2019

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In Memory

We lost Toni Dec. 27, a loss that has left a giant hole in the life of all who knew him and couldn’t help loving him. This was no ordinary man. Toni had an easy, original and irresistible charm. He was extremely funny and didn’t know how to tell a dull story. It was hard not to love him.

“Toni Hans Anthony Huber is my name and bold adventure is my game,” he would announce on almost a daily basis. He was a pilot, boatman, woodworker, ace skier and excellent marksman. He knew flora, fauna, geography and physics and did end-of-the week New York Times crosswords.

“Parfait du shay.” “Habo gazabeo.” “Check blamp.” Don’t know what these phrases mean? Neither did anyone else in his family; Toni managed to be both a terrible curmudgeon and a very jolly man. To him, the glass was always three-quarters full. He never complained. His powerful personality ruled the world around him. It was (almost always) a joy to be in his orbit.

Toni is survived by his four daughters, Lisa, Shelley, Catherine and Andrea; six grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and his wife, Laurel, who will miss him every second of every day for the rest of her life.

We last saw Toni two years ago when he drove from Maine to St. Sauveur, Quebec, to come see me. He stayed a couple of days, and we had a wonderful time with remembrances, toasts and new stories. It was always our intention to return the visit. I spoke to him in early December, not long before we left for the winter. He was cheerful as usual. We were taken by complete surprise when we heard the news; it will be some time before we will be able to fully realize and process our loss.

Allister McLellan ’56