Fallen PGR

Tony Williamson, USMC Vet, ANC RC, Alexandria, VA, 8/9 Sep

Mission Thread

It is with an extremely heavy heart I have to pass the news that Tony Williamson, USMC veteran and dedicated PGR ANC Ride Captain, was killed in a motorcycle accident on 08/01/2010, about 8:30 pm while returning from a motorcycle event. He apparently lost control and hit a guard rail. No other details relating to the crash are currently available.

The Statewide information is reprinted below.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Tony's family.

Tony Williamson - In others words
From the Family:
Born in De Queen, Arkansas, and raised in Roseburg, Oregon, he attended schools in North Carolina, and Oregon.
Tony came to the DC area in 1992 when he joined the US Marine Corps. He was a marine for four years and was honorably discharged as a Corporal in 1996.
His military service was followed by a career as a master fireplace and hearth technician.
He met JJ in 1999; they were married in 2000 and made their home in Alexandria, VA.
He was a devoted member of the Patriot Guard Riders and served as a Ride Captain for the Arlington National Cemetery team. He was whole-heartedly dedicated to honoring America's soldiers.
Tony was also a passionate pool player, avid fisherman, loved hunting and the great outdoors.
Tony was a devoted husband, grandson, son, brother, uncle and patriot. He touched everyone who knew him and his captivating smile will be truly missed.

From his niece Lindsey (and ANC riding companion):
I cannot thank every PGR member enough for the support and condolences to my family.  Tony is my uncle and he taught me how to ride.  My favorite memories of him are the 12 missions that I rode on the back of his bike with him for.  PGR was a huge part of his life and something he was extremely proud of.  I am so thankful that I was able to share that with him.  He held a special place for all of you in his heart.  My Aunt JJ is touched and comforted by all of the support you are giving her and overwhelmed by the outpouring of love for Tony.
Rest in peace Uncle Tony, thank you for teaching me to ride and for being the best uncle in the world.  I will miss you more than you know.

From his Mom & the family:
Tony would come back to Oregon for fishing trips on the N. Umpqua; and to go to elk camp with his mom and step-father. We all shared many happy times and great memories together.

"Elk camp will be rather empty this year without him".

Tony was very proud to be a Marine and joined the local chapter of The Patriot Guard Riders in Arlington, Virginia, where he held the rank of Ride Captain. He had gone on many rides with his chapter to bring fallen hero's home to their loved ones.   "Now someone will be escorting him home. "  “You will always be my baby and you will always be here with me. Love, Mom”

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the local chapter of The Patriot Guard Riders as Tony wished.

From His ANC Team-mates:
We will be there for you - as you have always been there for us, and for the Heroes we honor.
We will be there - standing tall silent and proud of all your service.
Semper Fidelis - says it all about Tony.

Services Plan:
Memorial Gathering - Wednesday, 08 SEP 10
1700-2000 hours
Demaine Funeral Home, 520 South Washington Street, Alexandria, VA.
Staging: At Funeral Home - 1600 hours

Funeral Services - Thursday, 09 SEP 10
1230 hours
Semper Fidelis Memorial Chapel at the Marine Corps Memorial at Quantico
Procession to ANC to immediately follow
Staging at the Chapel - 1100 hours

Interment - ANC - Thursday, 09 SEP
1500 hours, approximate
From ANC Administration Building
More detailed plans will be posted to the PGR web site and also sent out via the another State Wides broadcast as we get closer to the date.