November 10, 2013 12:36 AM
Anthony "Tony" Gomez of Marstons Mills, MA and formally of Santa Barbara, CA, died suddenly in his home with his dedicated care provider, Beverly "Blossom" Anderson by his side on October 16, 2013.
Tony was the first child of Theodore and Angelina Mendoza Gomez. He moved from Jalisco, Mexico to Santa Barbara before his first birthday and was raised with brother's Lupe, Rudy, Ruben and sister Sally. Tony moved to Cape Cod, Rhode Island in 2006, with his wife of 31 years, Marion E. Hawkes Gomez.
A proud World War II Veteran, Tony served overseas in the Philippines and Japan. A Rifleman with the US Army 35th Infantry Regiment, he was initially in the Philippines and then was part of the Allied occupation forces in Japan. Tony was awarded five service medals including the Asiatic Pacific Campaign, Philippines Liberation, Good Conduct, World War II Victory and Army of Occupation.
While living in Santa Barbara, Tony worked as a gardener and was an avid golfer. In 1963, Tony was Club Champion of the Santa Barbara Men's Golf Club. He was a founding member of the Santa Barbara Los Paisanos Golf Club, where he was Club Champion in 1964, 1967 and 1977 as well as a member of the Los Paisanos Hall of Fame. Not only did Tony enjoy playing golf with his friends and family, he also enjoyed watching sports programs and reading about World War II history.
While living on Cape Cod for the past seven years Tony, took care of his beloved wife, Marion, until her death in February 2011. Tony was preceded in death by his brothers Lupe and Rudy Gomez; and sister-in-law Joan Franz-Gomez.
Surviving family members are; brother Ruben Gomez and family; sister-in-law Maggie Perez-Gomez and family; sister-in-law Guadalupe (Lupe) Navarro-Gomez and family, all of Santa Barbara; and his sister Sally (Don) Fong and family of Loomis, CA.
We want to thank his extended Cape Cod family for taking such great care of him during his years on the East Coast.
Services will be held at the Massachusetts National Cemetery on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2013 at 9:30 a.m., with a small gathering of friends and family immediately following.