One the road to recovery you meet a lof of people. I have yet to come across a soul filled with more gratitude and genuine happiness than Tony Fernandez.
Tony passed of natural causes on Wednesday July 1st, having recently celebrated 7 years of sober happy life. A life he found at the front steps of The Gooden Center and through the amazing work that Tony was introduced to their.
The Gooden Center is a men's substance abuse treatment center in Pasadena. It is a place that helped Tony find his feet in the battle against addiction. It is a place where he found a new life, a new relationship with his wife, Stacy, and his daughters, Georgia and Piere.
His girls were frequently seen running around the Main House after the Monday Night Meeting. Their presence provided a level unintentional understanding to the men at The Center currently in treatment. It let them know that this was not just about drugs and alcohol. That this was about rebuilding your life. Leaving behind the old and embracing the new journey ahead.
This was a journey that Tony was a valued companion on. You'd often find him on the front steps talking to some of the newer residents and, always, showing them that the path to their recovery was through laughter and not turmoil.
Tony's family are asking that donations be granted to The Gooden Center in Tony's name. His wife, Stacy, and his daughters, Georgia and Pierre, were integral parts of The Gooden Center's Alumni Groups, the Alanon Family Group and the Aftercare Family Program.
This Fund will, like Tony did, go towards helping scholarship men in the treatment of substance abuse issue. It will provide a legacy for a man that was already larger than life.
Thank you, Tony. For all you've done. For all you will do. You are already missed, my friend.