OSBORNE, Anthony 'Tony' Orme - Born Saturday June 22nd, 1935 in London, England - Died Tuesday August 4th, 2020 in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada.
Tony was the second child of Charles William Osborne and Ellen Elizabeth Orme. At the age of four Tony and his sister, Phyllis, were evacuated to the countryside to escape the dangers of the Battle of Britain. Eventually their father arranged for them to stay with a friend’s family in Wales. Tony did not speak much about his childhood during the Second World War.
After the war Tony and Phyllis rejoined their parents in London and life slowly returned to normal. He continued his education and started his apprenticeship at the age of fourteen. During this time Tony joined the Air Cadets where he earned his glider pilot’s licence. In 1954 Tony completed his apprenticeship and joined the RAF to complete his two years of service. He spent his time in the RAF stationed in Germany where he worked as an aircraft mechanic on early jet fighters.
Returning to England after his stint in the RAF Tony started working as a machinist and started racing motorcycles in his spare time. He competed in many pro-am events over the next five years.
In 1962 Tony emigrated to Canada and settled in Toronto where he started working for Standard Modern. It was at a local dance that Tony met Jennifer, a young lady who had recently moved to Toronto from London England. They were married in 1963 and had their first son, Mark, in 1964. This was followed by Paul in 1966, Jonathan in 1969 and Jeffery in 1972.
In the late 60s Tony left Standard Modern and started his own business, Osborne Machine Tool, which he continued operating until 1991. He moved his family from Toronto to Richmond Hill in 1968 and to Newmarket in 1970.
During the 70s as his four sons were growing up Tony was actively involved with the various organisations his sons joined: from the Boy Scouts (2nd Newmarket) to coaching house league soccer to Air Cadets (94th Newmarket).
When the BMX craze started to build in 1980 Tony got involved as three of his sons were interested in bicycle racing. This was the start of Tony’s forty-year obsession with bicycles. He helped to get the BMX track built in Newmarket and opened Eagle Cycle bicycle store with his son Paul in the summer of 1983. He designed and built custom bicycle frames and took a team to the 1985 BMX World Championship in Whistler, BC. In 1988 he helped found the Newmarket Eagles Cycling Club and served as its president from 1996 to 2006.
In 1991 Tony decided to change careers eventually getting into real estate. His gregarious nature served him well in this endeavour and he continued to act as a real estate agent until his final days.
Tony is survived by his sister Phyllis Elizabeth Ward; Jennifer, his wife and partner for almost 57 years; his sons and their partners: Mark; Paul and Anne-Marie; Jonathan and Matthew; Jeffery and Heather; his ten grandchildren: Jayme, Vanessia, Devin, David, Rachel, Justine, Madeleine, Brian, Alexander and Jaxson; and his eight great grandchildren: Lucas, Julian, Cloe, Reid, Oliver, Landon. Olivia and Emme.
Arrangements with Roadhouse & Rose funeral home, Newmarket.