Posted by Shawn Ely--WolfMan (188.8.131.52) on December 14, 2000 at 22:35:16:
I was lucky enough to meet Tony this past October at the Choo-Choo BBQ in Shreveport, LA. He was a good friend of my Dad, Dennis Ely, a dyed in the wool Winger. I have always ridden Harley's, but that didn't matter, Tony rode both and he liked to give me hell about the brand differences in the family. The news of his death took me back as I'm sure it did everyone. It really hit home, however, due to the way he died. I have been where our friend Tony was before the end came and in people's lives, sometimes the only solution that one can come up with when nothing else seems to make sense, is ending it all. People have always said that suicide is a "permanent solution to a temporary problem" and I guess for some people that's true. However, as far as I'm concerned, the way Tony passed has nothing to do with the guy that I met and thought so much of. Talking to Tony made me smile as I'm sure it did everyone. Remembering his laugh and bellowing voice still makes me smile.
Ride free and fast, brother. I'll listen for your voice the next time I hit the wind. Oh yeah, up there, ride the Harley... you'll get more chicks..
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