A Titan Among Us Has Fallen

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His contribution to the board was both legendary and prolific.

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Miklo wrote:I never met him or had a conversation with with him, but from the way all of you talk about him, he sounds like a truly great man. My heart goes out to all of you who feel the pain of this loss.
Likewise. I raise my glass to him now.
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I was late to the party but wish i had been earlier. RIP
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Tony passed ...so. glad i got to meet him
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Modern Drunkard wrote:I had the extreme pleasure of drinking with Tony during the Cons and from the start it was plain that this was a human cannonball of a man--a sort of gloriously bespectacled and goateed cannonball--ever in search of the gunpowder that would send him roaring into the night and lucky for him they sell it at every liquor store in the land.

He imparted to me many gems of wisdom during the Cons, such as "I wouldn't step on your hand nearly as much if you'd get off the goddamn floor" and "You're only as generous as the next shot you buy for us right now."

Did I call him a mere cannonball? I do his memory a great dishonor. He was more akin to a barrel of top-shelf, high-proof rum jouncing down a greased and steep grade, ruthlessly and quite rightfully crushing half-steppers and milk-soppers alike. Also, the barrel is on fire.

Of course, we all knew every greased and steep grade comes to an end and someday that excellent barrel would hit the wall and expand into a glorious explosion of everything that is good and right about the drunkard spirit.

The exact details of his passing are hazy right now, but this is what I've gathered:

During a distillery tour--for reasons I'm entirely sure were well thought out--Tony relieved the guide of his duties with a well-aimed Judo chop to the throat. He then insisted the tour group climb to the top of a monstrous vat of raw spirit so they could "properly gaze into the belly of the goddamn beast." It was then that a poorly-minded child slipped and was swallowed up by that vast sea of unaged booze.

True to form (and while the rest of the group wailed and wrung their hands), Tony bravely leapt into the vat, slicing through the surface like a sleek otter that was somehow capable of breathing pure alcohol, dove to the bottom, seized the child and lifted her up into the arms of her hysterical father.

Tony then courageously fought off multiple rescue attempts by distillery workers, saying that by "the natural law of Men of Danger" the contents of the vat now legally belonged to him and besides, while at the bottom he thought he might have glimpsed other beleaguered children or perhaps a treasure trove of Nazi gold.

Hours later, after a brilliant soliloquy touching on the essential futility of human existence, ordering out twice for pizza and wings, and giving "this young and boisterous white whiskey" in which he was romping like a happy seal "four out of five stars, but with plenty of room for improvement," he finally drowned, which was odd since by then the level of the vat was roughly ankle deep.

Now I know there is already a rumor going around that, after distracting the father with a punch to the stomach, Tony shoved that child into the vat, but that sort of scurrilous nonsense is exactly what can be expected to be spewn from evil maw of the Anti-Saloon League's propaganda machine.

I wish we could have shared more rounds, you magnificent bastard. Not sure which after-hours party you were planning on attending, but try not to drink up all the booze before I get there. In the meantime, I'll raise the traditional seven to you tonight.

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Is there any information on any services planned?
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Anthony Gerardi
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Rochester: Suddenly Tuesday, November 5, 2013. Predeceased by his mother Erina and his brother Charles. Tony is survived by his wife and best friend Bonnie, his father, Arnold, sister, Marie Tortarella, step-sons, Nicholas(Jessica) Mulley, Dominic Mulley, Ian and Nicholas Harter, beloved granddaughter, Gianna, nieces, nephews and many, many friends.

His family will receive friends Friday 3:00 - 7:00pm at the funeral home (570 Kings Hwy South) where a memorial service will follow at 7:00pm. Friends are invited to meet the family Saturday 9:30am at St. Kateri at Christ the King Church for his funeral Mass. Interment will be held in private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Humane Society at Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Fairport, NY 14450, where he volunteered for many years. To share a memory or send the family a condolence, please visit www.harrisfuneralhome.com
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Grace O'Malley wrote:Anthony Gerardi
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Gerardi, Anthony

Rochester: Suddenly Tuesday, November 5, 2013. Predeceased by his mother Erina and his brother Charles. Tony is survived by his wife and best friend Bonnie, his father, Arnold, sister, Marie Tortarella, step-sons, Nicholas(Jessica) Mulley, Dominic Mulley, Ian and Nicholas Harter, beloved granddaughter, Gianna, nieces, nephews and many, many friends.

His family will receive friends Friday 3:00 - 7:00pm at the funeral home (570 Kings Hwy South) where a memorial service will follow at 7:00pm. Friends are invited to meet the family Saturday 9:30am at St. Kateri at Christ the King Church for his funeral Mass. Interment will be held in private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Humane Society at Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Fairport, NY 14450, where he volunteered for many years. To share a memory or send the family a condolence, please visit http://www.harrisfuneralhome.com
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Thanks for posting that, Grace.
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One for the Frog wrote:Tony at work:
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Let's live our lives so that he would wave us through when our time comes.

Wow. You have just summed up the Bible in those words. Motivating. Insightful. Brilliant.

Hopefully your words will be quoted over and over and taken to heart.

And what would he say if we didn't end a post with a toast? EAT MY FUCK!!

Slainte a thousand upon a thousand you weirdly bearded Drunkard gent! And despite your protestations to the contrary, I still don't believe you didn't purposely match myself and Bluespook in the HBE of 2008...
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Shot Time wrote:Dammit Frank, if only he was around to read that. Awesome.

best friend. dammit. thanks frank. shot time is right. god damn. it's so hard for me to live in Milwaukee and try to explain. no one gets it. i'm sick to my stomach. and I miss. miss. miss. god damn. it's a joke, right? god.
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I remember the first time he ever PMed me, we spoke about the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. I thought I was an expert on the subject but not only did he amass a large collection of memorabilia but his knowledge of the subject far, far surpassed mine. Godspeed, friend.
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I remember when Tony first joined the Board. I was drunk, obviously, and in Hungary (with a lifestyle pattern that involved: wake up, throw up, find some booze (drunk me was much nicer to the next day me than either are now; in fact, they don't really talk to each other anymore), get online, head out to the bar that handled all my finances, have a few drinks, get some smokes, get some carry out booze, go home and get drunk online).
Anyway, I remember that I gave Tony my traditional salutation, "Post drunk, Post often, Post drunk often. Welcome aBoard, fellow drunkard!" And we exchanged a few PMs. I was astonished by his detailed historical knowledge (as an amateur historian, myself). He had a terrible cold, at the time, and I told him how to get rid of it by mixing booze and antihistamines (a recipe that he shared with most of Rochester, happily - indeed, he wrote me later, claiming never to have been troubled by a cold since).
Later, we met at The Double Down Saloon, prior to Con.1, and got very drunk. Afterwards, he was one of the ones who decided to stay an extra day (it may have been the hazi pàlinka that we consumed on the Sunday that affected him). So there was Tony, Barca, Juggy, Toxi and me back in The Double Down and Tony lent my his cell 'phone to call my, then, wife. I was on the 'phone for over an hour (boy, could that woman talk). Tony never complained or asked me to hurry the call up, even though it was a midday call on a Monday, which cannot have been cheap. He refused any offer of recompense, instead, since the call had been fairly traumatic, he just kept buying me vodkas (at one stage, I remember (sort of) having a pint glass, sans ice, full of vodka - don't remember much after, though). That's the kind of gentleman he was. I am pretty sure that he saw me back to my hotel room and he called the next day to both check on me and to wish me a happy birthday and went on to suggest that I hauled ass to the casino bar for a last, and birthday, drink; which turned into several.
I just wanted to share that particular story with all of you.
Tony, our loss is Valhalla's gain. Sup long and deep, embarass Odin by drinking the one-eyed fucker under the table and then shag his Mrs something rotten. I know that you can.
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At one of the Cons, the ladies were kind of chilling all together and a few of the guys got to sit around at the corner of the bar and chat. It may have been the Double Down in Vegas. It was cool, it was a nice break from the frenetic pace we had going. Most importantly, it was a chance to get to know each other a bit better, and I am glad I was there and had a chance to talk with Mayhem.
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