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Marylou and Alex Sackos welcomed Tony (Anthony) into this world on June 10th, 1956. From an early age, Tony was a clean, neat, and tidy kind of boy who made friends with almost everyone he met. He was also very industrious and a natural-born salesman. At a very young age, Tony sold seed packages in the winter (hmmm), and before he would approach the neighbor for the sale, he would shovel their sidewalks. Tony’s theory being who could resist buying seeds from a tidy little boy who just shoveled your sidewalk? Unfortunately, the seed business did not see another winter, but Tony became the most popular boy in the neighborhood with those who had shoveled sidewalks.
Tony went through school in Baker and was known as funny, smart, a good athlete, a sharp dresser, and just an all-around good guy. All of which was true. Moving on to college in Portland, Oregon. where he excelled at backgammon (his words) and channeled his inner Roger Daltrey by growing long curly hair and again embracing his great fashion sense.
Besides being so personable, Tony was a very intelligent guy. It did not take him long to establish himself with a company that required all his talents. He excelled and was held in high regard.
After some time, Tony found himself back in Baker and working with his father, Alex, in the family business. Tony succeeded his father after his passing in 2021.
Now jumping forward a bit……...
Funny enough, Tony adamantly told anyone who would listen, “he did not want children”! Ask him why and he would seriously tell you it was because he was selfish and just wanted it to be about him. We laughed, and then the universe laughed and presented him with his first child, a beautiful daughter, Hayley Marie Sackos. Instant love, forever love. He swore his heart to her but said, “no more kids’. Again, the universe thinking this would be hysterical put the absolute perfect woman literally in his backyard. Margaret Fraser was destined from that first moment to become Margaret Sackos best friend and forever love of Tony. This is where the universe kicked in with its little added “gotcha.” Margaret came with four incredible young boys! Brian, Brad, Scott, and Kevin. He might have blinked once, but it was game on. They became his boys, and for 26 years, Maggie and Tony never looked back.
Tony had an amazing life. Wonderful parents who loved him always and a mother who will miss him dearly. He is adored and cherished by his children, daughter-in-law Faith Fraser and grandchildren (Peyton and Cash). His sister Terese loved him completely and forever and was as close as any brother and sister could be. Tony’s nephew, Trinity Sackos, loved him very much and would do anything for the guy, as would Trinity’s wife Rachel and their daughter Chloee. Tony’s Aunt Bobbie always had a soft spot for him, and he could always make her smile. Cousins, lifelong friends, and super sidekicks Greg and Kristin Sackos loved him beyond measure and will miss him so very much, as will his cousin Karen Sackos.
Tony’s Aunt and Uncle Larry and Barb Anderson, have been a loving part of his life, as have their daughters Ashley and Alisa.
It would take pages, and books, to list all the people and friends he held so dear and who were so very important to him.
Most amazing in Tony’s life was the love he found with Maggie (Margaret). He called her “Mrs. Lucky” because she had him, but he knew all the time he was the lucky one.
So yes, Tony lived an incredible, amazing life filled with laughter and the giving and receiving of so much love and support.
This is a very clumsy effort to describe one incredible human being. Tony was a blessed man, and we were doubly blessed and better for having had him in our lives.
See you later, Mr. Lucky!
Tony was preceded in death by his father Alex, Uncle Marcus, and son Brad as well as his dear friend Cass Vanderwiele.
Services for Tony will be held Friday, September 9th, 2022, at 2:00 pm at Coles Tribute Center.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Powder River Rural Fire Dept through Coles Funeral Tribute Center at 1950 Place Street, Baker City, Oregon 97814.