ANTHONY BARON LUMLEY, SR. was born on November 28, 1964, Boston, Massachusetts, to Beverley Lumley. As a child he had a lot of energy, was very active, enjoyed music and loved to play street basketball as well as other sports. Tony was apart of METCO, the early desegregation of suburban public schools. He spent 12 years there and graduated from Belmont High School. He then attended Plymouth State College and later, Quincy College where he earned his Associates degree in Business Administration.
Early in his career he landed a position at Wholesale Doors, now Cleary Millworks, where he spent over 30 years of his career as a reputable sales manager.
Tony loved his family, especially his four children. He took great pride in raising them, especially as a single dad. He often cheered them on at cheering competitions, basketball/football games, awards ceremonies, and alike. He encouraged them with their school work and projects and while tenaciously advocating for their education and extracurricular activities, as well as, teaching them to advocate for themselves. He modeled the true meaning of “father" by standing in opposition of the negative stereotypes of black fathers and provided a strong and loving foundation for his children.
He loved sports and was a super fan of the Wellesley “Raiders”. Everyone knew when he was there, cheering loud and supporting all the players, even when bad calls were made, just as he did for his own. Tony was a dedicated coach of Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and Mass Youth Committed to Winning (MYCW) and traveled with the team and his children across the state and the country competing to ensure they had every competitive opportunity at the games.
Tony was blessed to enjoy his life in so many ways. Coming from a close knit family and friend circle, he loved cookouts with family and friends, playing cards, his partnership with Friends IV Life Organization and events and casino trips. He enjoyed regular gatherings as well. He loved to open his home during the Annual Caribbean Festival with an abundance of food, music, drinks and love, which everyone looked forward to. He always had his famous steak tips that everyone loved and wanted, he just wouldn’t share that famous recipe and challenged anyone who thought they could make them better. Tony’s BBQ gave us all an opportunity to gather at the end of the summer and enjoy each other’s company.
Tony brought joy to so many with his bodacious and hilarious quick wit, and fun loving sarcasm. Nothing ever really got past him, he noticed everything. Most of all, he had that smile that always warmed your heart. His presence was securing, comforting, and uplifting. He was an incredibly important part of our lives and will be forever remembered in our hearts and minds.
Anthony leaves to cherish his memory; his fiancee, Gwen Johnson and his children, Eric Dixon, Nykia, Anthony Jr., and Samone; his grandchildren: Terrence and Faith; his mother, Beverley, his sister Tondaleya, and his niece Amari. Tony will be forever remembered and missed by his aunts and uncles, Leslie Lumley, Carole Lumley, James Lumley and Carla Lumley; his close cousins; Marlene Hughes, Toiya Black, Hassan Williams, Antonio Lumley and Ameika Wilson. Tony was predeceased by his grandmother Ethel Lumley, grandfather David Lumley and his uncles Clifton Lumley and Ralph Lumley. He will be warmly remembered by a host of other cousins, extended family, many special friends and others who knew him.
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