Surrounded by family, Tony passed away peacefully in Whitehorse General Hospital. Tony was the second of three children born to Pud (Barbara) and Chic (Frederick) Carson. Tony attended Ridley College in St. Catharines, where his father taught. While there, Tony boxed, and played cricket, football and captained the Ridley hockey team. Tony’s love of hockey followed him to the Yukon when he moved here in 1976.
Tony graduated from Ryerson (Toronto Metropolitan University) with a Journalism degree. Also a history sponge, Tony had an intense interest in reading and politics and loved asking piercing questions. And everyone who knew him, knew he loved to “stir the pot,” and as his sister Judy said, “Tony was never short of opinions, which he loved sharing.”
His work here was first with Council of Yukon Indians during the late 70’s, then with YTG Tourism and finally with Indian and Northern Affairs Canada in Communications. However, work never defined Tony. During the mid-80s, Tony biked across Canada and then spent two plus years cycling in Europe, soaking up history, architecture, and music. And of course, checking out public houses along the way.
Tony loved the Yukon and the many opportunities and experiences it offered. He was happiest when he was out in nature enjoying and challenging himself in some way. He played hockey in the Oldtimers’ League; he skied and snowshoed and biked many trails. In later years, he kicksledded and walked and hiked the trails with his many canine companions. And he got involved in the Hillcrest Community where he and Fredrick Robert, with Jim Gilpin’s help, chipped some of his favourite walking trails and put benches out for people to rest awhile and contemplate.
Tony was a prolific reader and writer. He wrote speeches, some for himself, some for others. As well, he wrote a novel about Peter the Great and listened to many podcasts about topics of interest, his latest being AI.
Tony’s love of family also defined who he was. Everyone who knew him has a story. His grandson, Finnean, remembers Pops taking him walking with a garbage picker-upper before he was in school, and his granddaughter Maddy and grandson George spent time in the northern wilderness walking with Grandpa Smeat.
Tony leaves behind his son, Sam (Elisabeth); his partner, Joyce and her son Rick; his siblings, Judy and Michael (Sharon); grandchildren, Maddy and George and Finnean; his nieces Wendy, Cynthia, Joanna, and Lara and their families, as well as Data, his loving canine companion.
As per Tony’s request, there will be no formal service. Friends and family will gather to scatter his ashes.
(Photo by Tony Gonda, 2021)