This Website is dedicated to
the Radio and Television Arts Class that started the program in September
of 1973 at Confederation College located in Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada
Those who started the Radio & Television Arts Program
1932 - 2018
Anthony Laird (Tony) Acker
Mr. Anthony (Tony) Acker passed away at home on August 28, 2018 at
the age of 86. Tony began life in the fast lane in Toronto but
after moving north to teach at Confederation College he fell in
love with Lake Superior and until his passing continued to praise
the peace and beauty he found in this community.
Tony was an aspiring actor, spokesperson with a New York ad
agency, friend to leading performers in the Toronto Area and at
one time was room mate to one of Canada's most famous artists Ken
Danby. Tony first saw Port Arthur when he arrived to perform a
levitation act for Esso at the Lakehead Exhibition. He could not
have foreseen that he would one day marvel that he had spent the
majority of his life as a resident here in the Lakehead.
Tony was a world traveler who spent part of his early 20s living
on the French Riviera. He said he was trying to get an
introduction to Bridget Bardot. Later Tony focused on a career and
studied graphics at Ryerson Polytechnic. His artistic skills and
production design placed him in demand in Southern Ontario, but
his love of the Northwestern Ontario landscape proved to be
Confederation College's gain. Tony was an excellent professor in
the Media Arts area at Confederation College. His graduates have
spread out across Canada praising his skills and knowledge.
To know Tony was to marvel at a man with unlimited natural
ability, a vision of greatness and a pleasant personality who had
time for all. He truly was a Renaissance man!
Tony's artistic ability was shared far and wide through his gifts
of personalized whimsical character. They are fondly referred to
As per Tony's wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be
no service. A scholarship has been set up in memory of Tony.
Donations to the Anthony Acker “Tony Award” may be directed to the
Confederation College Advancement Office or on line at confederationcollege.ca/advancement
Friends are invited to an informal drop in luncheon in the
Cafeteria at Confederation College on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2018
from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. If you have an “Acker” or a memory to
share it would be appreciated.
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