Rafuse – Anthony Alvin (Tony) 81 of Charleston, Queens County, passed away peacefully at Queens General Hospital in Liverpool, on June 11, 2016.
Born in Charleston, he was the son of the late Gilbert and Marion (Anthony) Rafuse.
Tony was a diesel mechanic, retiring from Bowater Mersey Paper Company Ltd. in 1996. He also worked many years for Steel and Engine Products Ltd. as a Diesel Mechanic. Tony enjoyed spending time with his loving wife of 57 years Maxine, his family, gardening and trout fishing in his favorite spot on the Medway.
Tony is survived by his wife Maxine (Schnare), Tim (Kathy) of Cornwall, Tony (Kathleen) of Charleston, grandchildren Tessa and Jason both of Cornwall, brothers Bill of Liverpool, and Sidney (Jeanette) of Charleston, Sherlocke, brother in law Bill Schnare, sisters in law Betty (Donald Parks), Marg Rafuse, Adelaide Rafuse, and Aleta Rafuse, special niece Brenda Plummer, Brian Lawrence and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by sisters Elaine (Harry MacKinnon) and Jean (Russell Croft) and brothers John and Pat and sister in law Hilda Rafuse.
A Celebration of Tony’s life will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. in Chandlers’ Funeral Chapel, Liverpool. A private family committal will take place after the service. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to Queens General Hospital Foundation. Online condolences may be made to www.chandlersfuneral.com
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Walter and Sherri
Maxine and family,
We were so saddened to hear of Tony’s passing,he was a great man and such a joy to be around,he will surely be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.Our condolences to you all at this very difficult time.
Walter and Sherri
Dear Maxine. Tim ,Tony & Families,
So very sorry for your loss ,Tony was a wonderful man and will be missed .
Sherri & Dennis Harrington
Tony, Kathleen, and Family
We are very saddened to hear of the passing of Anthony.
Our thoughts are with you as you support each other and
take comfort in your memories.
Cathy & Rollie
Maureen, Peter, Brian, Cory
So sorry for your loss Maxine and family. Tony was a wonderful man and will always hold a special place in our hearts. We are so greatful for the time Brian spent with you both, from the time he was 4 months old. Tony and Brian spent many hours building things out in the workshop. Brian thought of him as a grandfather. Big Tony will be missed. Love Maureen, Peter, Brian and Cory. xoxo
Maxine And family So Sorry For Your Loss Thinking Of You At This Time
Kevin & Cathie Wentzell
Maxine and family,
So sorry for your loss. Take comfort in your memories.
Maxine, Little Tony & Timmy …. my heart goes out to you, filled with sympathy & understanding, it saddens me to know that Tony is gone from this world but will never be gone from our hearts for that he will continue to shine brightly from the heavens above as he watches over all who he loved …. you will be missed dearly, Love you Big Tony!!!
Doug and Sylvia Zwicker, Brian and Kim Mansfield
We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Walter & Noreen MacDonald
Maxine & Boys: We were so sorry to hear about Tony. He always had a smile & a tease. Our thoughts are with you.
Norman and Bonnie
Maxine and all the family:
Sending sincere condolences to you. Thinking of you at this very sad time.
Maxine, Tim, Tony and families: My sincere sympathy to all of you, Tony will be missed by all of us, seeing him out working around the property and his friendly attitude toward others. Nancy
My condolences to Maxine and her family.
Maxine and Family, so sorry for your loss. Take comfort in your wonderful memories at this difficult time.
Amy and Alex Croft
made me sick such a good & kind man
knew all his family
I am so sorry for his loved ones
Maxine and Family:Very sorry to hear of Tony’s passing.He was a great person to have a chat with.
Maxine, I am sorry for your loss, Tony was a good man.
Charles and Barbara Corkum
Maxine, we are saddened to learn of your loss. Please accept our sympathy and draw strength from your family and friends at this most difficult time. Take care.
Blake & Jo-anne Conrad
Very sorry to hear about Tony’s passing. Our sympathy to family.
Dear Maxine, Tim, Tony and Family: Thinking of you all. Love Susan Dean
Dear Maxine and family.. So sorry to hear about the loss of Tony he was a wonderful man. When I was a kid growing up in Charleston he would called me his girl. Tony always had a smile on his face and I never heard him talk down about any body. I know what it’s like to loose your soul mate, take care of each other. reach out to family and friends if need be . Remember all the wonderful memories and good times you had together, will help get you through this most difficult time . We have another angel in Heaven looking after us. R.I.P Tony . Love Marie
Sally & Earle Slauenwhite
Maxine. Thinking of you in this time of sadness. Tony will be missed by all who he loved. Keep the good memories close. Sally & Earle
I am so very sorry.Please except my deepest sympathy.
Barbara and Ronnie Burns
Maxine and family,
We are so sorry to hear about Tony. May you find comfort in knowing many feel your loss and are grieving with you. Our deepest sympathy to all his family.
Delores and David Dagley
Maxine and family:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Shelly Shupe, Derek Neilson & Eleanor Shupe
Maxine, Tim, Tony and family – So very sorry to hear of “big Tony”‘s passing. Hoping you can all remember the many wonderful times you spent together.
Donnie ( Bucky) & Brenda Vaughn
I am so sadden to hear of Tony’s passing. .He was a true friend & always took the time to talk & had a joke to tell. He towed an old car home for me, that I had ,that broke down on me at East Berlin , He wouldn’t take anything for payment & said that maybe I could repay him the same way some day…that was his way !! A really great friend …May God help you through this time of sorrow !!! God Bless !!!
Kathleen and the whole family, Donna and I offer our condolences to you all at this sad time. The good memories will help you through this difficult time!
John and Donna Murray
randy & valerie crouse
Maxine , timmy , tony so sorry for your loss ,our thoughts are with you at this time. randy & Valerie crouse
Maxine, Tony and the Rafuse family: It is with sadness that I read of “Big Tony’s” passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Ann & Ralph Gaston
Maxine and family: We will always remember and treasure the Sept./Oct. evenings we spent together during our visits from Ontario. That little red wheelbarrow is our seasonal table centre-piece.
Don’t cry because it is over.
Smile because it happened.
Love and sincere sympathy to you all.
Violet and Gary
Maxine and family so sorry to hear of Tony’s passing.. Take it a day at a time and think of all the good times,,, He was very sick at the end and now he doesn’t have to suffer anymore!!Take care and hold unto one another!!!
Just heard about Tony’s death. We are so sorry to hear. You are all in our thoughts, prayers and hugs.
Leo and Ruth
Travis Vaughn and Angela Dagley-Vaughn, Leyton and Hanley
Maxine and family – we are so sorry to hear of Tony’s passing, and you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Laurie and janet
So sorry for your loss
Tony and family. …..so sorry to here about your dad ……Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Lorraine and Robert Quinn
Please accept our sincere condolences to Maxine and all the family.
Todd J Hannam
Maxine and Family
Sending Sincere Sympathy
Todd J Hannam
Donna & Sterliing
Sorry for your loss.
Dear Maxine& family:
Bill and I wish to convey our sincere sympathy in the passing of your loved one. Big HUGS , Bill & Mary Alexander.
I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the family of Anthony Rafuse. May you find comfort in the caring of those around you at this time.
With sincerest sympathy
Sterling Belliveau, MLA
Maxine and Families, I am so sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences to you all.
Maxine & Family:
So very sorry to hear of your loss.
Thinking of you with Sympathy and understanding.
Willis & Corina Huphman
Sorry for your loss…thinking of you all…
Charlene & Carl Veinot
Maxine, Tony, Tim & Family:
So sorry to hear about Tony’s passing. Keep all your memories close and
hopefully that will help to heal your heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with
you at this most difficult time!! Take Care
Clark and Sandra Hebb
Very sorry to hear of your loss . We extend our condolences to you and your family . Clark and Sandra Hebb.
Stephanie (Shupe) Watson
My sincere condolences to you and your family Maxine.
Maxine and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with all of you … Big Tony was a warm, kind man, and he will be missed by all who knew him.
Dear Maxine and family.
So sorry to hear of Tony’s passing. He will be missed by so many.
Vernon & Joyce Hawkes
Maxine and Family.
Sorry for your loss. He was A very nice man.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Susan Levy and Joyce Whynot
Maxine and family, so sorry to hear of your loss, our sincere condolences
Deb, Chuck ,Clay Sponagle-Taylor
Dear Maxine Tony ,Tim and families,
Doctor Love as we fondly referred to Tony ,for all the years we were blessed to have known him.
We loved his dry sense of humour .He welcomed us into the community and we were blessed to call him our friend.
No finer man could he have been and we will forever remember him for that.
Please accept our condolences and feel our hugs you all were like family to us on the river and our hearts break for you and your loss at this very sad time.
Big hugs ,
Deb, Chuck and Clay
My deepest sympathy to Maxine and family for your loss of Tony. You are in my thoughts today. Marion Power
linda wade hatt and family
Thinking of you Maxiane and family our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Maxine & family:
So sorry to read about your husband, Tony. My condolences are with you all at this very difficult time.
Maxine, Tim, Tony and all of your family
We are so sad to here of your loss. May your wonderful memories of such a special person help you through this difficult time. Our thought are with you all.
Sincerely Kevin, Kim and Skyler
Maxine and family So sorry to read of Tony’s passing, I have fond memories of Tony ever since we were young buggers as he would say. Thoughts and Prayers at this difficult time. Philip Anthony
William Gaston Neily, Lisa and Ryan
Dear Maxine, Tony and Tim: My heart goes out to you and your families at this difficult time. I will always treasure the summer visits to your house and Tony’s infectious laugh. He will be missed.
Phil and Deb Melanson
Tony, Kathleen and Family,
So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Please accept our condolences and know that you are in our hearts.
Dear Maxine, Tony, Kathleen and all the family,
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your dear husband and father. Please accept our sincere sympathy. Anothr good soul passes on.
Margie and Doug Scott
Ruth Anne Zwicker
Maxine and family,
So sorry to hear of Tony’s passing. Thinking of you all at this difficult time. Take care.
I have fond memories of “big” Tony from when I was a kid and Maxine (or, as we knew her, Macky) was our nanny. My condolences to the family.
So sorry to hear of the passing of your Tony , Maxine. I’m sure you must miss him greatly .Sorry for the loss of your Dad, Tony.Just wanted to let you know we we’re thinking of you and your families at this sad time and are praying for comfort to you. Take care ,the Williams’