Minette College Fund

Tony Minette.  Anthony III, son of Anthony Jr and grandson of Anthony Sr.  Son, Soulmate, Dad, Brother, Uncle, Nephew, Cousin, Friend.  If you know Tony, he loves you and trusts you know that.  If you are not familiar with Tony and we’re lucky enough to have you here, thank you for the read and let us tell you more about him.
Tony Minette turned 39 years old on October 10, 2020.  He did so with his family by his side and with home cooked filet mignon, lobster tail and crab legs.  That wasn’t the menu because it was a very special day, that was the menu because it’s Tony Minette.  So who is this consumer of gourmet meats? 

Tony Minette is a kid from Frankfort, IL.  He was raised by his loving mother, Debbie, and father, Big Tony, along with his sisters Anna and Aimee.  He was survived by his loving wife Holli and their three beautiful children in Haley, Anthony IV and Dominic.  He grew up in an environment full of love, family and friends and carried that forward through his own family.  Throughout his youth he was a kid that loved sports, meeting up with his friends, playing in the pool, running through screen doors (?), hosting card nights and driving Chevy Cavaliers.  That’s right – Tony had a Cavalier with neon lights all the way around the undercarriage and with two 12” subwoofers in the trunk.  He took it off-roading once and shattered all the neons.  Divine intervention, perhaps. 

Tony didn’t just love Cavaliers.   He loved his wife Holli, his children, sisters, mother, father, and his entire (massive) extended family, his friends from grade school, his friends from high school, his brothers at Pi Kappa Alpha and college friends, his friends from work, his huge group of friends turned family in FL, and so many more.  He loved spending time with his family, cooking for others (the more the merrier), using the NFL as an excuse to eat and sit on a couch all day, the Cubs, bowling (especially with his father), fishing, playing poker, music, dancing, Italian horns, wearing a Bluetooth device while not on a call and the use of “no problem”.

What’s amazing about Tony is that the friends he made in the 80’s and 90’s remain his friends today, along with a whole slew along every step of the way.  You will not meet an individual at 39 that is able to maintain the number of relationships he juggled with ease.  That was one of Tony’s most admirable traits, if not the most.  His ability to see the best in people, find ways to relate and genuinely engage, listen and care for everyone he interacted with.  The number of lives he participated in and positively affected was remarkable. 

However, Tony’s story recently changed.

One day in February 2020, Tony was driving and experienced impaired vision in his right eye.  Tony was very young and healthy, surely this was no big deal.  What started as an ordinary day turned into a trip to the eye doctor that turned into weeks of multiple specialists before his condition was understood.  The day that started like any other day turned into a diagnosis of stage 4 cancer.   Despite an infinite amount of love, prayer, support and treatment strategies, Tony’s cancer would not listen to our pleas and quickly spread throughout his body.  Just 8 months after another ordinary day, Tony lost his life to a disease that has claimed the life of too many of our loved ones. 

Tony accomplished many things in life, in far too short an amount of time, and there was so much more for him to do, memories for him to create, love for him to share.  Tony’s story and dreams do not end with his tragic passing.  On a sunny Florida day in late September, Tony and a friend went to one of his favorite places, the grocery store.  After walking through the butcher section and thoroughly describing what he would do with each cut, there was a discussion about what he wanted to accomplish yet in life.  There was not one personal indulgence, Tony talked about his family and his goal of establishing college funds for his children. 

The monies raised through this effort will go directly towards helping establish college funds (529s) for Tony’s sons Anthony IV and Dominic while supporting his daughter Haley’s current college tuition expense.  Tony’s wife Holli will take direct ownership of the funds and will receive our assistance in establishing the 529s.  Holli is an amazing woman who supported her husband and children through the most challenging times imaginable, and with our help she can carry forward his legacy in support of their children’s futures.   Together we can and will fulfill his dream of providing his children the same opportunities that his parents afforded him. 

Thank you for your consideration and support. 

We love you, Tony.

-Your family & friends

To learn more about a FL 529, please visit https://www.myfloridaprepaid.com/savings-plan/


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    • $100 
    • 15 hrs
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    • $25 
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    • $100 
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Patrick Galvin 
Raised $7,113 from 38 donations
Mokena, IL
Holli Minette 
Jason Ruffin 
Team member
Raised $3,083 from 22 donations
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