On August 4, 2020, heaven welcomed another angel when firefighter Tony Christensen lost his month-long battle with Covid-19. A Naples Fire-Rescue firefighter for 22 years, Tony continued the family tradition, following in the firefighting footsteps of his father, Morton Christensen.
The list is endless when discussing the number of individuals whose lives Tony touched. The same themes always surface when his name is mentioned—caring, giving, compassionate, generous, soft-hearted. The word “no” was not in his vocabulary. If you needed a mentor, a hand up, or a listening ear, Tony was the one. Tony opened his heart to all in need.
His kindness did not extend to just those on two legs. He was an avid animal lover as well and was always first on scene when it came to saving a furry/feathered friend in distress.
No other profession could have better suited Tony. He not only exemplified the role of firefighter, but his dedication to the community knew no bounds. He left an indelible mark not only on his firefighting family but on Naples as a whole.
Tony had a heart of gold which continues to shine brighter with each passing day. For those left behind, including his dedicated wife, Diane Phillips Christensen; his mother, Jetta; sisters, Lori and Lisa; stepchildren, Bobby and Joleen; grandchildren, nieces and nephews, his firefighting family, and all that knew and loved him, the loss is immeasurable. His spirit of generosity, family devotion, his deep infectious laugh and big bear hugs will remain in the hearts and minds of all who knew him. Tony’s love has become a memory, but that memory has become a treasure.