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Anthony Sterrett Abbiss This is not an obituary, but a celebration of a life well lived This is a tale about my brother, Anthony Sterrett Abbiss, better known in Southern Nevada as "Tony Da-Plumber". As his brother, I must confess that it may be difficult for some to understand who Tony was. I knew him for 57 years, and I still can't define him exactly, maybe it's best to start with what Tony wasn't. Tony wasn't evil, he wasn't cruel, and he was never mean. He also wasn't selfish, he didn't cheat, and any white lies he may have told along the way were harmless, mostly. Tony was unique. As unique as John Wayne was to westerns, and Ernest Hemmingway was to literature. Tony charted his own course, he danced to his own drummer, and he lived his life his own way. His "way" for the most part was known only to him, and occasionally to his closest friends and family. If he had lived in bygone days, he might have been called a pioneer, a mountain man, or a prospector. He was a searcher, and a seeker. As he traveled his life, he had many adventures, made thousands of friends, probably tens of thousands. Tony was a thrill seeking, fun-loving, jump in first, ask questions later, free spirit. He LIVED LIFE, more than many of us ever will. He loved, laughed, cried, had triumphs, made mistakes, but throughout, he was the embodiment of freedom. During his less than long life, Tony worked as an offset printer, learning that trade until he was the best. He worked as an auto mechanic, with a natural aptitude and quest for excellence that made him excel there as well. Once arriving in Nevada he reinvented himself again as a plumber specializing in pools and spas. Once again he immersed himself in the craft, until he was without peer. Tony fell in love with Bonnie Overly, and on one of my business visits to Las Vegas, I was asked to witness their wedding. About two decades ago they moved to Pahrump to live, and for him to grow his business. We all had many good times together whenever we visited. Unfortunately, tragedy struck 13 years ago when Bonnie was taken by lung cancer. Many have said that Tony had a heart of gold. I for one can attest to that. If there was ever anyone who deserved that distinction, it was Tony. He was a person who would give you his last dime, leaving himself with nothing, just because you were in need. And always without knowing where his next dime might come from. Tony was rarely wealthy in terms of money, but he was rich beyond anyone's dreams when it came to the value he got out of life. Unconditional love and friendship exists. At least it did. His name was Tony. Tony passed away on the morning of April 12th, in Las Vegas, after a long bout with COPD. He is deeply missed. Tony is survived by his three brothers, Ken, Eric, and Martin, as well as by the many, many friends he made along the way on his life's journey. Memorial services will be held for Tony at Grandview Cemetery, at 5441 S. Vicki Ann Road, Pahrump, on Saturday, June 24th, at 9:00am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the in the name of Anthony Sterrett Abbiss. "Tony Da Plumber"
Published in Pahrump Valley Times on June 22, 2017
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