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Mr. Anthony Walkine
April 6, 1965 ~ December 28, 2023 (age 58) 58 Years Old
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Anthony Walkine, a man whose journey began on Tuesday, April 6th, 1965, in the picturesque city of Nassau, The Bahamas. Affectionately known as Tony, he was the second son and the fourth child of Ivan Walkine (deceased) and Coral Walkine (Miller).
Anthony's formative years were spent in The Bahamas, but in 1977, he and his family moved to Chicago, IL. He graduated from Evanston Township High School in 1983 and pursued a background in electrical engineering at DeVry Technical College. In his youth, Tony was an avid sports enthusiast and dancer, earning him the reputation of being the life of the party among his friends. Tony's life took a new turn when he met Dorene Cotton (Kaplan), resulting in the birth of his first son, Terrance Walkine. With the birth of Arielle and Nathan Walkine a family union was born, resulting in the marriage and Tony and Audrey (Allison) Walkine in 1995. Tony cherished his role as a father, going as far as becoming a school bus driver to ensure he was present when his children arrived home from school. Unfortunately, the onset of mental illness led to a painful estrangement from his family for many years.
In 2014, Tony faced another formidable adversary, colon cancer. Despite the challenges, his resilience and will to live triumphed, granting him a period of remission until 2022. However, the following year witnessed a decline in his health, and the combination of cancer-related pain and mental illness led to behaviors that became unmanageable at home. In September 2023, Tony was admitted to The Pearl Nursing Home in Evanston for Hospice care, where he became a cherished presence among staff and residents alike. Tony found solace and joy in creating miniature boats and airplanes from Styrofoam and engaging in the art of journaling, with his most recent endeavor being his own biography.
Life was undoubtedly challenging for Tony, but he consistently made the best of every situation. Despite his struggles, Tony maintained connections with his loved ones. On Tuesday, December 26th, his calls took on a different significance, as he reached out to almost everyone on the same day, seeking to hear their voices one last time. Then, in the early hours of Thursday, December 28th, Tony quietly departed this world, finding eternal rest. Please keep the family in your prayers.
Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. Mr. Philip L. Gillette ~ Funeral Director