The BCBOA has lost a friend with the passing of Tony Muro. Tony served the game of basketball with passion and enthusiam as a referee for the Greater Vancouver Basketball Officials Association for 40 years.
.A visitation will be held on Monday, January 13, 2020 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Bell and Burnaby Funeral Chapel, 4276 Hastings St., Burnaby, where a funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 14 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.
Tony was born in Castlegrande in the province of Potenza in Italy on December 9th , 1953. He was the youngest of four siblings born to Angelo and Marianna Muro. At the age of three in 1956, Tony with his mother and other siblings embarked on a long journey to Canada via ocean liner and train. Their destination was Vancouver to join their father who had emigrated a year earlier.
Tony attended St. Francis of Assisi and Lord Nelson Elementary schools in Vancouver. He then moved onto Vancouver Technical Secondary where he graduated in 1972. Following high school, Tony attended Langara Community College.
Tony was a very talented athlete. At the age of 12, Tony won the BC Lions’ “Pass-Punt-Kick” competition for his age group. At the high school level he excelled in basketball. In his grade 10 and 11 years, he was considered one to the best players in Metro Vancouver. Unfortunately, knee injuries curtailed any play beyond high school. Unable to play, Tony turned his passion and love for the game to officiating. He has been part of the Greater Vancouver Basketball Officials Association for some 40 years. He was highly respected by the basketball community, including, fellow referees, coaches and players. His ability to communicate and establish rapport with players and coaches was exemplary.
Tony’s work life included sales at both the retail and wholesale level. Most recently, Tony was employed in Sales and Service Support at Automation One Business Systems in Vancouver.
In his spare time, Tony enjoyed cycling and golfing, as well as, being an avid fan of the Lions, Canucks and Whitecaps. In a moment’s notice, he could provide an in depth analysis of the teams and what they had to do to get better.
Tony made a sincere commitment to helping the less fortunate in our community and around the world. We learned this week that Tony sponsored several children through the “Feed the Hungry Canada” organization.
Tony’s natural ability to engage in conversation on nearly any topic and made any gathering fun and stimulating will be greatly missed. We will miss his warm laughter, his welcoming smile and joy for life.