HIRSCH, Anthony Mathias

With broken hearts and unbelievable sadness we announce the passing of Anthony Mathias Hirsch on Saturday, March 8th, 2014 in Vernon Jubilee Hospital at the age of 85.

Tony was a great man who valued honesty and a firm handshake. He had “gypsy” blood, moving his family many times throughout southern Alberta and B. C., all the while being a successful entrepreneur. His most notable accomplishments were: owning and operating a commercial fishing boat off the B. C. coastal waters, a vacation resort on the Shuswap and excelling as an “electrical apprentice” in a business with his two sons. However, he was happiest “just being a farmer” and growing hay for his cattle.

Tony’s hobby was fishing, fishing, and more fishing!!! His favourite saying was, “A bad day fishing beats a good day at work”. Tony and Ruth fished many lakes but most favourite was Downie Creek. He continued to fish after Ruth’s passing but he always told us, “the fish didn’t bite nearly as hard nor as often”.

Tony was a “hard” but loving Dad. He mellowed as the daughters-in-law and grandchildren came into his life. The roots grew deeper with great grandchildren and he was so proud of his family. Pa truly enjoyed the family times and was even prouder when each grandchild added another baby and extended the branches on the tree.

Tony was predeceased by his beloved wife, Ruth, in 2012. Mourning him are: his two sons, Todd (Judy) and Bob (Pat); and his grandchildren: Melissa (Russ) Shepherd, Marc (Rhonda) Hirsch, Heather (James) Phu, and Jennifer (Chad) Huntley. They affectionately knew him as “Pa” and have many fond memories of camping, learning to fish, hauling bales, driving the tractor on the farm and playing “Pitch”. The great grandchildren: Xavier and Adrian Phu, Teagan and Isaiah Huntley, Julia and Kayla Hirsch, and Taya, Aidan, and Lexy Shepherd will learn of their Great Pa’s love and kindness from his family who loved him “to the moon and back”. Tony also leaves extended family. He was loved as a brother, uncle, and brother-in-law.

There will be a private family celebration of life for both Tony and Ruth once the ice has thawed and the fish are biting.

“Together Forever Now – Let Them Rest in Peace”

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tony’s memory to 2East, Vernon Jubilee Hospital, 2101-32nd Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 5L2.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Pleasant Valley Funeral Home, Phone: 250 542 4333. Condolences may be offered at

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