Anthony “Tony” Williams, 57, passed away Sunday, April 23rd, 2023.
Tony was born the youngest of four children to Eleanor and Robert Williams Sr., in Pasadena, MD on November 28th, 1965. He was a loving father to three, a cherished brother and uncle, hardworking business owner and a selfless friend to many.
As a young child, Tony was born and raised on Maryland Avenue in Pasadena Maryland where he made countless memories with friends and family members. He was known for his countless fast cars, outgoing personality and wild antics. He attended Chesapeake High School in Pasadena and was raised alongside his three siblings, Dolores “Dee”, Rita and Robert “Bobby.”
Tony held a wide variety of unique jobs throughout his young life, including boat detailing and transportation for clients. He worked as a stable hand for many years where he discovered his love for horses, he bartended for some time where he claims to have created the frozen drink, “the dirty banana.” And for some time, he even worked as a limousine driver. After a lifetime of prioritizing physical fitness, he decided to dedicate several years of his life to bodybuilding and preparing for the Mr. Maryland Bodybuilding Competition. In 1997, after 6 years of preparation, Tony won first place in the NPC Mr. Maryland Bodybuilding Competition, an accomplishment he was extremely and deservingly proud of.
In 1999, Tony was expecting his first-born child, his daughter, Jewel. When he discovered the news of her arrival, he transformed from a hard-working bodybuilder, to a hard-working and devoted father. In 2002, he welcomed his son, Anthony Jr “TJ” into the world, followed closely behind in 2003 the arrival of his third child, Joseph “Joey.” Tony was a single-father who embraced fatherhood wholeheartedly and made his children his number one priority from the moment they came into this world until the day that he left it.
After his first child was born, Tony began painting bridges because even though he wasn’t a fan of heights, “they needed someone to do it, and I have a daughter on the way.” It was this job that led him to discovering his talent for painting, and after years of experience and certifications, Tony opened his own painting and power washing company “Perfect Painting” in 2001. He successfully ran the company as the sole owner and operator for 22 years and he worked extremely hard to support his family until the very day that he left this earth.
Tony loved to cook for his family, and he specifically enjoyed cooking Italian dishes to express his Italian roots from his grandmother who came to America from Italy. He loved horses and was often referred to as the “horse whisperer” as he seemed to just have a way with them. That, too, went for his love for dogs, most recently in life his beloved lab, Buddy, and chihuahua, Coco. He prioritized holidays, his favorite being Christmas as he viewed it as a day to spoil his family and praise Jesus, and he always went all-out to make holidays special and memorable. He loved to fish with his beloved girlfriend, Kelly, who he spent countless mornings and evenings with fishing on the pond behind his house. He enjoyed having lunch with friends and dancing with his sister, Dee. He often reminisced on many memories of his childhood with his “lifetime best friends,” Thomas Nelson, John Oktavec, Doug Carroll, Wayne Watkins, Rick Walgen, Jim Tate, John Morton, Wayne Williams, and many others.
Known as a big “car guy,” Tony had many vehicles in his lifetime. He loved Mustangs, and owned countless different models including Fox body's, Cobra’s, and his personal favorite, the Shelby GT500. He loved to drive fast, do burn outs, attend car shows and he spent countless hours detailing his cars to perfection. His final car at his time of passing was a 2022 Z51 Corvette which he pre-ordered and anticipated the arrival for months. He attended car meets regularly and could spot a nice car from a mile away, immediately knowing the year and model at just a glance.
Tony’s favorite place to visit was Anna Maria Island, Florida and Deerfield Beach, Florida where he would visit his lifelong best friend, Thomas Nelson. He loved planning vacations there with his family, and his girlfriend Kelly. He enjoyed snorkeling and swimming in the warm water, spotting fish and collecting seashells. Above all, even on vacation, he would get up first thing every morning so that he could watch the sunrise over the beach where he would appreciate the gift of life and the beauty of the world.
He was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Eleanor, his father, Bobby, and his countless beloved pets.
He is survived by his beloved children, Jewel, Anthony Jr, and Joseph, his siblings, Dee, Rita and Bobby, his girlfriend, Kelly, and his dog, Buddy.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit at the family owned and operated MCCULLY POLYNIAK & COLLINS FUNERAL HOME 3204 Mountain Road PASADENA on Friday, April 28, 2023, 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 pm. Where funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10:30 am. Interment Glen Haven Memorial Park Cemetery.