On April 3, 1955 in Mexico City, the boy who would be known throughout his childhood as el Piolin (tweety bird), was born to Luz and Miguel Montero. In 1958, Sergio Antonio Montero, aka Antonio, aka Tony, moved with his family to Oakland, CA. By 1965, Tony relocated with his parents, three brothers, and two sisters to the city where he would later spend the second half life of his adult life, Kensington, CA. Tony worked a variety of jobs, including ones at a lumber yard and an aquarium, before settling into the door and window industry. A lifelong bachelor, his lifelong love of hunting and guns began when he was in his early twenties. He enjoyed being outdoors and spent many of his weekends camping, hunting, shooting, hiking, fishing, taking pictures, kayaking, mountain biking, and riding his dirt bike and ATV. Indoors, he enjoyed cooking, listening to music, watching movies, and was an avid YouTube viewer. As a reptile and pigeon lover, Tony kept snakes, lizards, a mini pool of turtles, and an entire coop of pigeons before he got his “boys” in the 1990s, a German wire hair / German short hair mix, Bosco, and a purebred chow chow, Bruce. He and his boys were inseparable and the boys always accompanied him on his weekly outdoor adventures. The trio took countless trips that they spent hunting deer, ducks, quails, pheasants, squirrels, wild boars, and rabbits; along with fishing, swimming, riding around on Tony’s ATV, and taking pictures. Aside from his love of the outdoors and animals, Tony was known for his great sense of humor. Nobody was safe from his relentlessly quick wits, he enjoyed teasing his nieces and nephews; and filling their heads with his “whoppers of stories”. On Sunday, September 27, 2015, the duck call from beyond sounded and Tony departed to join his boys in the great hunting ground in the sky. He is survived by his mother, Luz, his sisters, Graciela (Sam) and Patricia (Pat), his brothers, Francisco (Frank) and Alex, his brother in law, Scot, his nephews, Donald and Michael, his nieces, Danielle (Nana) and Frances, his great nephew, Dior, and his great nieces, Yliana and Ysidra. Tony is greatly missed, his loss has deeply affected us but we are thankful to have had him as a part of our lives.
April 3, 1955 – September 27, 2015
“I sent an angel to look after you, but it came back. I asked why and it said because angels can’t look over other angels.”