November 2, 1941 - July 12, 2013
Resided in Morrison, CO
Tony was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey on November 2, 1941. He graduated from Birmingham High School in 1959 and continued on to receive an Associate's degree.
Tony retired in from the United States Air Force after serving 21 years of honorable service. Tony went on to work at Lockheed – Martin, before retiring after 20 years. He loved his family, Country, dogs, friends, and living in the foothills to the Rockies. He was known and respected for his honesty, integrity and being Mr. Helper.
Along with his warm heart, generosity, and great sense of humor, he was known and loved by so many. Tony enjoyed many hobbies and interests. With many years of showing his many Schipperke and Scottish Terriers, he was also actively involved in the Schipperke and Scottish Terrier rescue. His hobbies were the love of his dogs, as well as an avid die-cast car collector.
Tony is survived by his loving wife Pat of 33 years, his brother Joe Gruda of Tulsa Oklahoma, son Lon Brown (Lori Brown) of Lake Havasu City, Arizona and four grandchildren, Taylor, Chad, Ryan, Tiera, and other family and so many friends.
Tony is preceded in death by his parents Lawrence and Wanda Gruda, and his son Robert Gruda.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to The Urology Center of Colorado Foundation. www.tucc.com/foundation. This is the center that took such good care of Tony when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer a few years ago. The Foundation helps clients with financial issues, helps people keep their pets, conducts research etc. People can donate to a specific program or to the general foundation. Tony and Pat have supported their Blue Shoe Run held in September for several years. Tony had become a strong advocate.
The family of Tony Gruda wishes to thank all of his dear friends for their support and love.
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