Saying goodbye …

Posted: May 11, 2008 in life in general, magic, travel

Today I said good bye to Tony Eng. Me and a few hundred people were in attendance. To see so much love and humor was a testament to the man and how he touched the world. My dear friends Eric and Murray both spoke from the heart and I was touched by their words. Julie, Tony’s eldest daughter, was last to speak and did such an amazing job I know Tony would be proud.

Following the service we went to a reception and there I was able to share stories with others about a great man. Some I had heard a dozen times and a few I had never heard. One of my favorite moments was a fly fisherman who said Tony’s biggest fear was that Ann, his Wife, would sell his equipment for what he told her he paid! Now if that didn’t make you laugh …

Almost a dozen of us from Vancouver headed to get to the Ferry and on the way decided to stop and have a bite to eat. It was Mother’s Day dinner and most restaurants were packed. We finally found a small place called Smitty’s and a lovely lady named Shellie served us with a flair. When we got ready to leave Shelllie spoke to Hannah and asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up? Hannah replied she wanted to do many things, but for certain she would be a magician. This elicited a laugh from Shellie and then Hannah told her I was a magician. Shellie said she kind of guessed it from the 4F pin on my suit lapel. Shellie then asked if I had heard Tony Eng had died. I was set back at first. Then she shared a story of how Tony changed her 13 year old sons life by teaching him magic and making it possible for him to fit in to their new school at such a difficult time in their lives. I was stunned and made her repeat the story for everyone … a silence fell over the group … and then a smile and feeling I will never be able to explain …

We said our goodbyes to Shellie and then raced to the Ferry …

Tomorrow I’m off to Corvalis, Oregon to see Janet Vance. I haven’t seen her since the passing of her husband and my dear friend, Dwight. It will be a long day … but I’m really looking forward to a hug …

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Comments
  1. FUGA says:

    Hi Shawn this is Masa in Japan and I hope you remember me…
    Now I changed my name to FUGA and does magic full time in Kobe and Osaka…

    I can not Tony has gone… He was such a nice nice nice guy…
    When I heard that he passed away, I couldnt stop crying…

    Anyways, Tony Rocks and we will see him in heaven!!

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