March 20, 2019 — We lost a gentleman and friend when Anthony William Rebello, 77, peacefully left this world while at home on March 14, 2019, with his love, Rosemary, at his side.
Tony was born in Providence, R.I., on Aug. 21, 1941, and grew up in Santa Clara, Calif. Tony embraced his Portuguese roots and loved the dairy life he spent as a child, working with his dad milking cows.
While still in high school, Tony’s first venture as an entrepreneur was escorting cows to Hawaii, selling them at auction to dairy farmers.
After high school, Tony began working as a carpet layer and soon owned five carpet stores in Santa Clara County, Calif. While owning the stores, he continued his education, earning a master’s degree in social work (MSW) and a master’s degree in church history from San Francisco State University.
In his social work career, he quickly discovered his niche: Working with developmentally disabled children. He especially loved Down-Syndrome children, their sweet smiles and daily hugs. Tony also took classes at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, where he discovered his true passion, cooking.
In 1996, he and Rosemary married, moved to Ashland, Ore., and opened a bed & breakfast. They soon found they had many returning guests who not only enjoyed their hospitality but loved Tony’s gourmet breakfasts.
You never left the table hungry! After eight years as innkeepers, they retired to Florence, near the ocean Tony loved.
Tony proudly served his country. First in the Air Force, serving two tours of duty in Vietnam. After moving to Florence, he joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary, volunteering his time as a chef at the Siuslaw River Station. Tony was named Coast Guard Auxiliarist of the Year in 2014 for his contributions. He considered serving, supporting and working with the young men and women at the station one of his most gratifying experiences.
His is survived by his wife Rosemary, his 101-year-old mother, two daughters, and two grandchildren. Tony will forever be remembered for his wonderful smile, his laugh, and of course, his sense of humor. Services will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 11 a.m., St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 2135 19th Street, Florence. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity. Burn’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.