Anthony (Tony) Ashby, 48, passed away Thursday September 1, 2022, after complications following a liver transplant.
Tony is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 27 years Daphne, daughter
Mia, mother Karen Wholf, brother Jay (Jodi) Ashby, niece Alexis Ashby, uncle Mike Wholf, cousins Tracy (Eddie Moor) Wholf and Audrey Moor, in-laws Ed (Linda) Cearley, brother-in-law Brian Cearley, beloved bulldog Enzo and a host of close friends and coworkers.
Tony was a man whose name inspires images of heavy machinery, vintage Porsche memorabilia and a love of OSU football. While I could sit here and write the cliché blurb about how he was the “ideal family man” and “someone who was loved by all,” I want this to be more personal than that, as it is what he would’ve wanted. Anthony was someone who had plenty of years of memories to make ahead, that were, unfortunately, snuffed from underneath him all too quickly. He was healthy, albeit for his liver. He could never fully enjoy all of life’s joys, as this one thing was standing in his way. When the opportunity came to possibly fix his liver, he jumped on it,
eager to have more energy and get back to racing his car, playing video games with his daughter, and spending more time with his family. He had plans of traveling, from Italy to Ocracoke, in hopes of experiencing new places with the people he loved. He always made sure to have everything in a trip set out in the most minute details, so that he could make the most of every second he had. In a way, he was like that with everything in his life. He made sure to make the most of every hour he spent at Xigent with his coworkers that he considered more of his family than simple coworkers. Whether at home or at work, he brought light through his wide, thin, smile and squinty, dimpled eyes. He made sure his presence was known in the room, either intentionally or not. Workers at restaurants knew his order by heart and knew his face the moment he walked in the door. His disposition was the epitome of lovable, he was soft and kind. Anyone who met him always remembered something about him that they caught onto, his humor, his witty remarks, his gentle aura. It sounds cliché but, he left a positive imprint on everyone he met in some way. He went out of his way to do things for those he loved, like frequenting unique concerts, learning how to play video games to keep up with his daughter, and sometimes splurging on vacations to make it special for his family. I could sum up Tony in a few things he loved: vintage Porsches, bulldogs, Ohio State football, engineering, and his family. Specifically, his wife Daphne, and daughter Mia. He gave everything he had for them to be happy, and even in death, he will continue to watch over them and make sure their lives are the best they can be in his absence.
Family will receive friends Tuesday, September 6, 2022, from 10-12:00pm, with memorial service at 12:00pm at the TIDD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 5625 NORWICH STREET, Hilliard, OH 43026, (614) 876-1722.
In lieu of flowers, family has set up a GoFundMe account to cover Tony’s medical and funeral expenses. - https://gofund.me/31023c14