Anthony D. York left this earth on January 25th. He is predeceased by his beloved wife of 60 years, Nancy York, and his cherished granddaughter, Samantha York. He is survived by his heartbroken children Karen McClelland-Treece (Jay), Martin York (Kati Neiheisel), Jon York (Gayle), and Barbara York-Purcell (Todd). He is desperately missed by his grandchildren Dr. Kaitlyn Compart (David), Brendan McClelland, Kaitlyn Goheen, Ethan York, and Abby Purcell.
How do you summarize a life like Tony York’s? He was a giant man who led a giant life and has left a giant hole in our world. Born a child of the depression, Tony fought his way out of poverty through education, got his PhD from Cornell, taught at Oxford University, and became a world renowned biblical scholar. As Professor Emeritus at the University of Cincinnati, and former head of Judaic Studies, his work continues to inspire.
He loved Monty Python, British humor, Mel Brooks, and writing witty missives to his children via email. He enjoyed nothing more than a good meal, good conversation, and good laughs with his family. For him, that devotion to his family, his effusive expression of love for them, was not remarkable. He knew no other way to be.
He and his wife Nancy spent glorious winters in Hilton Head, feasting on crabs, feeding gulls, and watching dolphins when “the young people” arrived
He followed his principles throughout his life, never taking the easier path. Instead, he opted for the road less traveled, and his legacy means easier passage for future generations.
He is remembered as charming, loving, witty, and very tall (with beautiful eyes). For this PhD who loved fart humor, we shall conduct Bolero in his honor, imagining the celestial orchestra trying to keep up with his tempo, and miss him all the days of our lives.
In the spirit of Monty Python, he’s shuffled off this mortal coil and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible. This is an ex Tony York. Here’s to you, our dad.