Much loved son of Gail and John, very proud father of Richard and Stephanie, fond and very close “brother” of  James Wu (Taiwan) with whom he shared many school years,  “little brother” to Nicole Seminiuk (New Zealand) and a friend to so many. Tony passed away in his sleep on November 27th, 2017 in Vancouver where he had been working temporarily for his Victoria employer.  Never expecting to write one’s son’s obituary, finding the right words is not easy and those who knew Tony well, will remember him as kind, very generous, always available to help and the first to volunteer, especially at a time in his life when he faced many challenges, both personal and health-related. He covered the stress in his later life behind his very friendly and outgoing personality. But ultimately his body rebelled and Late-onset Type 1 Diabetes took control of his daily life, requiring multiple injections of insulin.  He had to quickly overcome his dislike of needles!

Tony graduated from GlenLyon Norfolk School (GNS) where his teachers and Mr. Brooks will not remember him for his interest in academics as he was having far more fun with extra-curricular activities. Tony’s life-long passion for all things military and police-related began in his teen years. He joined the Canadian Scottish Regiment Militia; never a keen dancer, Tony preferred to work on security at GNS school dances and later at University when he attended UNBC.  After college, Tony moved to Smithers where he and his wife operated a small Inn and Tony was delighted to be voted” Businessman of the Year”.  However, the RCMP “called” and Tony volunteered as an Auxiliary Constable in Smithers.  He was later selected for professional police training at the RCMP College in Regina.  Tony was close to graduation when personal and family issues intervened and he returned to Victoria.  He later began a new career in the construction industry, with old friend Rod Parker, while successfully completing his academic requirements along the way.

Tony loved his years at GNS and one of his teachers wrote that Tony dropped in at school recently.  “He was his usual full of life Tony. I marvelled at his enthusiasm and passion for living. Even though Tony was not conventional, he was a bright shining light loved by so many that he touched with his positive actions,” He gave so much Good”.   It could not have been better said.

Tony is survived by his children, Richard and Stephanie, their mother, Yvonne, his parents Gail and John, in-law Blum family, extended family and many friends in Canada, Australia, Taiwan, N.Z., USA, Austria, Japan and the UK.

The family wishes to welcome any of Tony’s friends who would like to join them in saying goodbye to Tony and afterwards a Reception on Friday, December 15, 2017, at 2.30 pm  in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive, Victoria, BC and ask that you contact Gail and John at  if you are able to attend.

Flowers gratefully declined. A donation to GlenLyon Norfolk School in Tony’s name would be greatly appreciated.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens


  • Téana (Téa) David
    December 19, 2017

    Tony was such a kind spirit who touched countless people with his generosity and love. The world really is a better place because of him; I will remember him always. My deepest condolences to your family.

  • Trudy David
    December 19, 2017

    I send my deepest sympathies to Tony’s family at this very sad time. If I had not been away in Australia on the day of his service, I would have joined the many people who loved him to commemorate a beautiful soul.
    From the time I first met Tony as one of my students in our home room, I recognized the special spirit he possessed. I looked forward to the welcoming smile he shared with all of us every morning, and the help he offered with anything needing doing in the classroom. I was extremely grateful that he began keeping in touch some years after graduation, starting with a phone call out of the blue one evening, to let me know how much my encouragement had meant to him and continued to inspire him. That first call was a very special and gratifying one for a teacher to receive. The fact that Tony had made the effort to look me up and thank me, is just one example of the beautiful person he was.
    His passing has left a deep sadness in many hearts, including my own. Thankfully, we have many good memories of his generous spirt, which will stay with us always.

  • Severina Sapriken
    December 15, 2017

    We all appreciated Tony’s lovely smile and his most quirky personality.

  • Paula Skippon
    December 14, 2017

    Dear John and Gail:
    I was saddened to learn of the sudden loss of your son. I did not know Tony, but your words evoked a man of enthusiasm, creativity and generosity of spirit. I know he will be very much missed by you, his children and his many friends everywhere. My deepest sympathy at this sad time.

  • Lucille Meunier
    December 14, 2017

    Dear Gail and John,

    Across the miles, my heart is near you.

    I cannot find the words to say how sad I am and to express my deep sympathy. Be sure Tony does not say goodbye because the shadow of his smile will forever above you.

    Dan is joining me to tell you all our love.

    Lucille from Quebec city

  • Brigitte Fritz
    December 14, 2017

    mere words cannot express the sadness and sorrow.
    I remember Tony as a young, gracious and kind boy. I will never forget the kindness he showed my godson Stefan by helping him deal with Sushi for the first time in his life. I met him again years later at Jasper Park Lodge were it was evident that he had fulfilled the promise of his youth
    may he rest in peace and may we cherish his memory

  • Brad Davison and Colin Dunn
    December 13, 2017

    It is many years sine we last saw Tony. Then an intelligent, energetic young man with his life ahead of him. How sad for it to have been cut so short.

    Our thoughts are with Gail and John at this difficult time.

  • Kathleen Jackson and Teagan
    December 13, 2017

    When I look to the stars, I will think of you dear Tony…
    So much love to you Gail, John, Richard and sweet Stephanie xx

  • Gerri Taschuk
    December 13, 2017

    Dear Gail and John, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Tony. I wish to express my deepest sympathies to you during this very difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family…Sincerely, Gerri Taschuk

  • Mike Fischer
    December 13, 2017

    I still remember the day, as a 7th grader, I came to tour GNS to see if I would like going to school there. Tony was my guide for the day, and I had the honour of tagging along and being his shadow. He was so welcoming, so full of life and energy, and such a genuinely nice and cool guy. He definitely was a huge influence on my decision to join GNS. Then, I was lucky enough to end up in the same home room as Tony for the ensuing 5 years, meeting up every morning before class. He always made me laugh, and I looked up to him. He was a firmly moral person, with his heart in the right place always, which was a powerful positive example for me to emulate.
    It makes me very sad to know that the bright light that was Tony Gabel will shine no more on this Earth. He left us much too soon.

    To Tony’s family: please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. I can only imagine the pain you are going through right now. I regret that I will not be able to attend his service this Friday, as I will be out of town.

  • Shawn Boulding
    December 12, 2017

    Richard, Gail and the entire family;

    On behalf of all of the Mount Douglas school community, our collective thoughts and well wishes are with all of you. The news of Tony’s passing came with great shock and sadness. In this incredibly difficult time I know that your family will continue to demonstrate the support and caring that you have always shown and that the example Tony demonstrated as a father will continue to serve his children and loved ones. My condolences to you and the entire family. A very sad time….

  • Bella Wu (James' youngest sister)
    December 11, 2017

    Dear Gail and John,

    I offer you my sincerest condolences. Now a mother myself, I cannot imagine the pain. I am thinking of you and your families and remembering you all in my prayers. James often remembers Tony and your family with great affection. I still remember your kindness and generosity when I spent my first Christmas in Canada with you in your lovely home. May God give you strength and peace in such a difficult time.

  • Rick Calderwood
    December 11, 2017

    Colleen and I were very saddened to hear about Tony’s passing. He was one of those special individuals who always had a caring comment or act for others regardless of whether they were a close friend or a stranger. I will miss his positive outlook on life and his wonderful sense of humour. We extend our deepest sympathies to Gail, John, Richard & Stephanie. Rick & Colleen

  • Stuart, Brenda and Chip Brambley
    December 11, 2017

    Please accept our sincere and heartfelt condolences. We are at a loss to find the right words that could possibly bring you any comfort at this incredibly difficult time, other than to let you know we are forever grateful to Tony for sharing with us a small part of his happy, fun-loving life at GNS.

  • Barry & Bonnie Sparkes
    December 11, 2017

    John and Gail,

    So sorry to read of Tony’s untimely passing.
    Our deepest sympathies to you and all of Tony’s family.

    Barry & Bonnie

  • Kim Gye
    December 10, 2017

    I am so very sorry to hear of your son Tony’s passing Gail. Although I haven’t met your family, it sounds like you are all very close. Thank you for sharing about Tony’s life. I can see a picture of him in your words.
    I’m heartened by the love and support from all your friends here and sincerely hope this helps somewhat ease your pain and burden at this time. Personally, I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Kim Gye

  • Dr. Jim Stockdill
    December 10, 2017

    Dear Gail and John,

    Please accept my heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your son Tony. I recall Gail, talking with you about his progression through life at the time, and clearly how proud you were of him. Nothing can ever take those feelings away, but there is no doubt that you will miss him dearly.

    Jim Stockdill.

  • Ron McFarlane
    December 9, 2017

    Dear Gail and John:

    We are greatly saddened to hear of Tony’s passing. We send our heart felt condolences out to you and Tony’s extended family. He passed far too soon.

    Ron McFarlane and Galia Artzy

  • Karin Hertel
    December 9, 2017

    There is probably nothing so heart breaking as loosing a child.
    My heartfelt condolences at this very sad time.

    Karin Hertel

  • Alex Hertel
    December 9, 2017

    Dear Gail & Family,

    I’m so sorry to hear about Tony’s passing, far, far too soon. I won’t be able to attend his memorial but know that our family is thinking of you during this heartbreaking time.



  • Tony Gage
    December 9, 2017


    On behalf of your fellow Board members of UVIC Properties, our condolences for the loss of your son.

    Yours truly,

    Tony Gage

  • Wayne Gray
    December 8, 2017

    Our deepest condolences goes to John, Gail, and Tony’s family.

    Wayne, Fay, & Caitlin Gray

  • Toni Nielsen
    December 8, 2017

    To my dear friend Gail, John, Stephanie and Richard, The Nielsen family send their deepest sympathies to you on your indescribable loss of your Tony. He was a lovely young man and will be sadly missed. We will be thinking of you frequently over the coming months.
    With heartfelt condolences, Toni Lars and Kate.

  • Bob Eagle
    December 8, 2017

    Dear John and Gail,

    Though words can’t really express what one feels at a time like this, please accept my heartfelt condolences over Tony’s passing. He touched many lives. There is much love and support for you both in our community.

    With warm regards,


  • Gary Paulson
    December 8, 2017

    Dear Gail and John, Your Commissionaires’ family sends our heartfelt condolences for the loss of your son Tony. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both and you family during this difficult time. Sincerely, Gary Paulson, Commissionaires Victoria the Islands and Yukon

  • George and Thea Pritchard
    December 8, 2017

    We are so sorry to hear of Tony’s sudden passing. We remember Tony shovelling
    snow last winter and his love of cars, especially Mustangs.

  • Devi Jawl
    December 8, 2017

    So sad on the untimely passing of your dear son. It is indeed very difficult to cope with the loss of a child. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Gail and your family at this very sad time. Our condolences to you and your family.

    Bob and Devi Jawl

  • R.J. Barny Hiney
    December 8, 2017

    Gail and John:
    It is very difficult for me to know and understand the loss.
    Our Family sends deepest sympathy and condolences.

    This last Summer Tony and I were able to spend quite some time together and I got to know him again!!
    Firstly, years ago, with our children, Erik and Joanna, running around the back of Anderraa on Alpha Street, while we were working on projects and equipment. They remember those times when I spoke of Tony and it reminded me of his laughter and energy. The years went by, however, it seemed we were in touch as you and I always discussed the Families, activities and experiences. I didn’t ever consider it ending.

    Please know we will remember him and the good person he was.

  • Diane & Randy Ewen
    December 8, 2017

    Randy and I extend our deepest sympathy to you, Gail and John, and to Richard and Stephanie. Tony was a good man in all respects: a loving son and father and a caring and trusted friend. We are honoured to be Tony’s godparents and are grateful for having him in our lives. We will treasure our memories of him always.

  • LaVerne Davies
    December 8, 2017

    To the Gable family
    Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your precious son. Your family are in our thoughts at this difficult time.
    From your Haida Gwaii family

  • Lynn Baron-Krauss
    December 8, 2017

    It is with a heavy and saddened heart that I write this. I am shocked to hear of Tony’s sudden passing. He will always be remembered as outgoing and someone with a ready smile and willing to offer a hand to anyone in need. He was and will always remain that twinkle in Gail’s eyes. Tony will be truly missed by many. Forever in our hearts.

  • Ron Woodward
    December 8, 2017

    Dear Gail and family:
    It is with profound sadness that I read of Tony’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. The loss of a child is beyond human comprehension. I hope the love of family and friends and joyful memories of Tony’s life bring comfort in the days and months ahead.
    Ron Woodward

  • Baerbel
    December 7, 2017

    Warm thiughts coming from Austria:
    My dear Canadian friends Gail and John! It is hard to imagine what you are going through these days. My thoughts and sympathy are with you in a sad and challenging Christmas time this year.
    Toni is not present in this world any more but he will always be where you are.
    I will hug „Girlie“ in my imaginationi, now and especially the day of the funeral.

  • Catherine Lord
    December 7, 2017

    My heart goes out to you on the passing of your beloved son.

  • Cynthia Woodman Kerkham
    December 7, 2017

    I remember Tony’s bright smile along the corridors of GNS and the way he opened to the community of International Students. He was open-hearted and open-minded. He made our community better and his loss is a heavy one. I hope you, his family, can take some small comfort in the fact that he shone while here.

  • Laurel Hounslow
    December 7, 2017

    Dear Gail and all of Tony”s Family,
    Tony is gone far, far too soon. There are no words to express how sad Mike and I feel for you. It is impossible to compensate for the loss of your child. We never think of this happening. I hope you can find comfort in how much he was loved by such a wide spectrum of people and how much he lit up the world during his too brief time here. And I know you will be there for his children as you were for him. Greg and Jeremy and the rest of the crowd will remember him with love and music. There is another star shining brightly above, probably in some weird funky galaxy, that will turn up just in time to save all of mankind and make us laugh.
    Sending love and light, Laurel

  • Erin Morphy
    December 7, 2017

    I am so sorry for your incredible loss. May you find strength and comfort from those who surround you.

  • Nicole Seminiuk
    December 7, 2017

    Gail, John, Richard and Stephanie- my heart aches for you.

    The loss of Tony is immense and especially for you. I love you and wish I could be with you during this time.

    Thank you for including me in this beautiful tribute to him. He will always be my little brother and I will love and miss him forever.


  • Elizabeth Dutton
    December 7, 2017

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you.
    – the whole Dutton family – Jim, Alex and I know Jane would have joined in

  • James Metters
    December 7, 2017

    Dear Gail, John and Family,

    Having known Tony for most of his life we are just devastated thie tragic loss of his passing for you and your family. He always was the brightest star the sky and was destined to make his mark on all the people he touched with his kindness and humour.

    He is sadly missed.

    Jim and Jeanette Metters.

    Sydney, Australia.

  • Pierre Ballester
    December 7, 2017

    Gail and John,
    My interactions with Tony had been few and limited but he had always immediately come across as the quintessential nice, genuine, caring person. He has that voice and that spark in his eyes, and this warm demeanor. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree…
    It is with sincere affection that I express my condolences and my support in this most difficult time.

  • Ingrid and Dieter Bosecker
    December 7, 2017

    Ingrid and Dieter Bosecker

    December 7, 2017

    We share in your grief over the loss of your son and send our sincere condolences to you and your Family.

  • Colin Clarke
    December 7, 2017

    Gail, I am deeply saddened by your loss. I am sure that your son Tony will be remembered for his contribution to the lives of many others.

  • Girish
    December 7, 2017

    Very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers with you and everyone close to Tony. May he rest in peace

  • Max & Eleanor Antunes
    December 7, 2017

    So very sorry for your loss .

  • Natalie Kroschinksy
    December 7, 2017

    So sorry for your loss. It is heartbreaking to lose a child, and my heart goes out to you. Please know many share your sadness and are thinking of you.

  • Ann Bailey
    December 7, 2017

    Dearest Gail,

    My love and prayers are with you at this very difficult and sad time. Your numerous happy memories will sustain you.

    My fondest love
    Ann Bailey (nee Williams).

  • brigita
    December 7, 2017

    John and Gail,
    Our heartfelt sympathies for your loss.
    We know no words can really take away the pain you are feeling right now. Just know we are thinking of you and wish you and your family strength to heal as time passes.
    Grant, Brigita, Kathleen and Alex

  • Suzanne Duval and George Assaff
    December 7, 2017

    Dear Gail and family,

    George and I are so, so sorry to hear about the passing away of your son. We cannot imagine the pain of loosing a child. Our deepest condolences to the family. Our thoughts are with you in these difficult moments.
    Suzanne and George

  • Gord Compton
    December 7, 2017

    So sorry for youre loss .

  • Margaret Kavanagh
    December 7, 2017

    I am very sad to hear about the untimely loss of your beloved son. Although I never met your son I can tell from your description of his active young life that he was a kind soul who loved to help others. This is indeed a very tough time for you and the family but remember the good times that Tony crammed into his short life. RIP

  • Mary lou (crawford) smith
    December 7, 2017

    I am an old friend of the family from chemainus and wish to send my thoughts and prayers with you all.

  • Batyamina Smolov
    December 7, 2017

    We are so very sorry to hear these news. God g8ve you strength to hold on and gn
    On. If we can be of help, let us know.
    Alex, Inna. We will be home on Dec. 20.

  • Tony Johnston
    December 6, 2017

    So sorry for your loss, John and Gail. I cannot think of anything worse than losing your only child at the prime of his life…our thoughts and condolences are with you both.
    Tony and Dianne Johnston

  • Lynn Duplessis
    December 6, 2017

    Gail and family
    I’m so very sorry to hear of your loss. Tony sounded like a wonderful fellow, friend, son and father. My sincere condolences to your whole family for your loss of this lovely person.
    Lynn Duplessis

  • Ali Berman
    December 6, 2017

    Gail, I am so terribly sorry for your loss ad my heart goes out to you and your family at this time.

  • Janice Alton
    December 6, 2017

    My greatest sympathies go to the ones who knew him the best. His parents, children, partner, in laws, and his closest friends.

    Tony is fondly remembered in my household for his ever gallant ways. He was a true gentleman in conduct and mindset. A creative and humourous speaker, a storyteller, and a friend.

    His leaving has already placed a huge dent in my messenger responses! He knew how to keep in touch.

    Forever blessed to know such a good man. May he rest in peace.

  • Leonard Butt
    December 6, 2017

    There is nothing more cruel than the possibility of having to attend our children’s funeral. The thoughts of so many of the old community are with you at this difficult time.

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