Anthony Martin Van Santvoord

Van Santvoord, Anthony Martin

“Tony Van”


Passed away peacefully at his home on January 5th, 2007 in his 65th year.

Devoted and loving father to daughter Sharbra and her husband Larry of Innisfil, Ontario and son Michael of Courtenay, British Columbia. Dear Grandfather to Jared and Jenna. Also survived by his half brother Peter and his wife Joan of Smithers, British Columbia. Tony was born and raised in Vancouver but later retired in Courtenay, British Columbia.

For over 47 years Tony has enjoyed entertaining people with his musical talents. His passion for playing music took him to Vietnam where Tony Van and the Ramrods entertained the servicemen and women during the War. He played numerous cities in the Continental United States as well as a stay at the Devonshire Hotel. After playing with the Lorraine Smith Trio for many years, Tony finally settled down to a fifteen-year stay at the George V room in the Hotel Georgia in Vancouver as part of Robert Stuart and the Publicans. A crowning achievement in the advanced stage of his career, Tony was asked to play in the orchestra pit on the stage production of the musical Chicago in Courtenay on Vancouver Island. Many friends and family in the music community will sorely miss him.

A Memorial Service will be held at the First Memorial Funeral Home at 602 Kingsway Street in Vancouver on January 13th, 2007 at 11am. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.