- Last Updated on 07:54 AM 09/05/12
Anthony E. New (Tony), age 53, formerly of Norfolk, took his final solo flight of his earthly journey Thursday, July 12, 2012, in Tampa, Fla., after a long and courageous battle with heart disease.
Anthony was born in South Boston on Aug. 15, 1958. His dad was in the military and thus began his love of travel as his family moved multiple times over the years to such places as Hawaii, Rio, Virginia, Florida, etc. His school years were spent in Florida and Virginia, graduating from Norview High School in 1976. Anthony attended several colleges in Virginia and West Virginia. He entered the USAF, where he retired after 20 years as an air traffic controller. While in the Air Force he received his bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering and later earned his pilot’s license. Upon his retirement from the military, he began a second career as a contract worker for General Dynamics, which afforded him the opportunity to continue his world travels. He lived in such exotic places as Kuwait, Quatar, Djibuti and other countries in Africa. He toured most countries in Europe, visited most of our United States but always returned to his beloved and adopted home of Tampa. Besides spending time with family and his travels, he loved the Tampa Bay Bucs, The Tampa Bay Rays, NASCAR and RV camping.
Left to cherish his memory forever are his loving parents, Earl and Shirley New, of Norfolk; his devoted and loving wife, Cheryl; his only daughter, Richele, of Riverview, Fla.; one sister, Suzanne New Lucas and her husband, Rick; one niece, Lauren; two nephews, Aaron and Brett Lucas, all of Clemson, S.C.
He is also survived by multiple aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. Anthony’s grandparents were the late Lawrence and Lula Davis and Jim and Molly Bet New of South Boston.
A celebration of Anthony’s life was held July 15, 2012 followed by a military memorial July 21, 2012 at his home in Wimauma, Fla. A family memorial was held in South Boston on July 15, 2012.
Thank you for enriching our lives Anthony, you will be a spirit in our hearts forever.
Richele wrote a final tribute:
If Life Is A Plane - Today I need you to think of me - without tears in your eyes - because I laughed - more than I cried. -It is your turn to take control -of the plane I left behind. - Thank you for being with me - and preparing me for my final flight. - I have given you the strength - That I held onto as long as I could, - So when you look up in the sky - Just know it is my time to fly. -Richele