Anton "Tony" Centa

Tuesday, October 27th, 1936 - Thursday, November 5th, 2020
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Anton (“Tony”) Centa passed away peacefully on November 5, 2020, at the age of 84. He was pre-deceased by his beloved wife Janet Centa. Loving father of Robert Centa and Stephen Centa (Andrea Centa). Dear grandfather of Jack and Charlie Hilton-Centa. Predeceased by his parents Anton and Zorka Centa.

Tony was enormously proud of being born and raised in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. He treasured his many friends from the town and continued to meet with expat Kirkland Lakers until very recently.

Tony taught industrial arts at Richmond Hill High School for 35 years. He was a passionate and excellent athlete. He won Ontario softball championships as a youth and was an avid curler in later life. A university project on the assassination of John F. Kennedy turned into a significant hobby for him. Many will remember his multi-media presentations on the subject.

Thank you to all of the staff and doctors at Mackenzie Health for the excellent care they provided to Tony.

Cremation has occurred and no celebration of Tony’s life is planned at this time due to the ongoing risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. In lieu of flowers, his family prefers donations in Tony’s memory to the Canadian Cancer Society.
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Richard Brown

Posted at 02:20pm
From at teacher who learned much about the JFK case from Tony. My former students still speak of his presentations, and I attended the JFK symposium at Laurentian U. in 1993. Thank you, Tony! RIP

David Meacher

Posted at 09:57am
My sympathies to the Centas,
I was a student of "Mr. Centa", and went to RHHS with Rob.
He was one of my favourite teachers, and in all seriousness, I would not be where I am without his mentorship in industrial arts classes. I use skills that he taught me on a daily basis, and strive to teach my apprentices with the same focus and enthusiasm that I was taught with.
He was one of the best. Always fond memories.
David Meacher

Paul Sanderson

Posted at 10:23am
The Family,
You have my sincere condolences and deepest sympathies on Tony's passing. He was a one of a kind and loved by all.
As an RHHS student from '65-'69 I can remember running down the halls on the way to Shop class. We called it Shop class, metal or wood, in those days.
TC, as we affectionately called him, taught us to do it right the first time which became a life quality, thank you. TC introduced us to curling after school hours and I remember our classes hurrying to clean up so TC could tell us some fascinating JFK stories.
A great guy, keep on curling and god speed!

Paul Sanderson,
Hawkestone, ON.

Don Coleman

Posted at 07:25am
Mr. Centa was my Metal Shop high school teacher at Richmond Hill High School. He was an excellent teacher and we found a special connection at one point when my mother and step father moved to Dallas, Texas. I told "Tony" that I would be traveling to Dallas on a regular basis, and he put me to work. On rooftops of buildings near Dealey Plaza on the Grassy Knoll etc., I became his photographer at large. I am the one who brought him "the picket." Most importantly, I kept in touch with Mr. Centa throughout my life and as recently as this past spring/summer when he told me that he was moving from the family home to be close to his dear wife. Over the years we had many conversations via phone and when I would visit him at home. He always made time for me. He was always positive around me. He shared smiles and humour with me. He spoke about Kirkland Lake with a glow in his eyes and told me about his friends there and about growing up there. He spoke highly of and was proud of his children and all of their achievements. When a person (myself) has memorized the phone number and address of a high school teacher and thinks about that person regularly and in a manner that brings feelings of friendship, joy and uplifting energy; "without a doubt, Tony Centa is a very special person, whose friendship I will cherish forevermore." Deepest condolences most importantly to family and to friends. May Tony look down upon us and continuously surround us with his spirit - RIP Mr. Centa. Thank you, for being you. Fondly remembered, sadly missed.

Don Coleman Posted at 07:28am

"Don Coleman" formerly known as Don Johnston.

William Eigles

Posted at 11:50pm
From a good friend in Toronto, I just learned of Tony's recent passing and would like to extend my deepest condolences to his family and dearest friends. I met Tony in 1973 while in high school at one of his JFK presentations in the private home of a top Toronto Star executive and was transfixed by his depth and breadth of knowledge and amazing dedication to serious research. I was also touched by his effusive personal warmth. In 1977, while at U of T, I invited him to present to my fraternity there. So very impressed were the brothers that we invited back him for a follow-on presentation of additional material; these were both very stimulating evenings intellectually for all of us. I called Tony just six years ago to impart some new JFK-related information I had received and had a warm chat with him, even though he told me he'd sold his massive collection of materials some years earlier and was then retired. I'll always be grateful to him for his genuine kindness, generosity of spirit, and his commitment to ferreting out the truth about such a momentous tragedy in American history. Rest in peace, great man!

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