In Memory of Tony Halas

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Memorial Service Video – includes photos and video clips of tributes during his Service which was held on Friday, July 18, 2104.

The below video was shown as the Tribute Video to Tony Halas at his Memorial Service held on Friday, July 18, 2014

Anthony “Tony” Halas III, a 67yr old Air Force Vietnam Veteran passed away suddenly on July 9, 2014

Tony, was a very generous and kind man who would always do for others and offered his time and support in anything someone needed. He proudly served the US Air Force during the Vietnam War, dedicated many years as a dispatcher for EP Henry of Turnersville.

It’s hard to place just one title on Tony Halas –  he threw himself into many veterans organizations he believed in. His work helping other veterans find assistance for utility bills, furniture and everything in between turned into the Vets Helping Vets organization, now seven years strong.

He has served as president of the South Jersey Vietnam Veterans Association, Vice President of the POW/MIA Awareness Organization of New Jersey and as a veterans service officer for the county’s veterans affairs office.

He was former commander of the Gloucester County Veterans Advisory Council and former Commander of VFW District 13. He was also on the original committee that established the Gloucester County Veterans Cemetery, which is where he will be laid to rest this Friday.

“He was a great family man,” said his wife of 35 years, Kathy Halas. In addition to Kathy, he leaves behind three children, his mother, two grandchildren, and one brother. “He shouldered a lot of weight for everybody. His love and kindness went everywhere.”

Beloved husband to Kathleen (née Beck); Devoted father of Daniel, Richard, and Kathleen Kopec (Edward); Loving grandfather of Genevieve and Sabrina.

Farewell Ceremony
A memorial service for Halas will be held on Friday, July 18, at 11 a.m. located at the Glassboro VFW, 275 Wilmer St., Glassboro.  Following the Memorial Service, Tony’s family and friends are invited to the burial at the Gloucester County Veteran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be sent in his name to the Glassboro VFW or the South Jersey Vietnam Veterans Association.

DATE: Friday, July 18th
RALLY TIME: 10:15am
RALLY LOCATION: Glassboro VFW, 275 Wilmer St., Glassboro, NJ
FLAG Line to be in place by 10:40am. ESCORT following the Service.
Rally at the Glassboro VFW where we will set up a Flag Line for Tony’s Service which begins at 11am. After the service we will escort Tony’s cremains to Gloucester County Veterans Cemetery, where we will once again form a Flag Line.
RC: Bob “Wolfie” Henderson


To read article in Gloucester County Times, click here.

RIP Tony.

The video below is from The Wall That Heals Candlelight Service at the American Legion Post 372 in Cherry Hill NJ. If you can not view video below, click here to view it.

The below video is POW/MIA Candle Service – November 3, 2009 – Held at the American Legion in Cherry Hill, NJ. Various groups in attendance, including Nam Knights Delaware Valley, American Legion & Riders and more.

The below video is POW/MIA Candlelight Service – VFW Wildwood, NJ. April 17, 2010. Missing Man Ceremony

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In Memory of Tony Halas — 37 Comments

  1. Nothing can ever take away the love a heart holds dear. I will miss you more then words can say. RIP Tony. Prayers and thoughts are with you Kathy and family.
    Sue Quinn-Morris

  2. I am one of Tony’s dozens of cousins that live here in Mass along with his Mom, Phyllis Halas and brother Richard Halas. I am very sorry to hear of the loss of Tony. I knew he did work for Veterans but had no idea of the extent. This tribute to him speaks volumes of what he was like as a person. I am so proud to call Tony part of my family. Tony has nine Aunts and Uncles, two have predeceased him. I will share this page with our family so we can all see the efforts of his work and life’s passion. To all of you in NJ who have called Tony your friend, I am sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. May Tony rest in peace.

  3. Tony will be missed by many friends who loved him dearly. Our sincere sympathies are extended to Kathy and family. We will always keep Tony close to our heart. May Tony rest in peace.

    Jim and Anita Abba

  4. I was blessed to have Tony as a friend. He will be missed terribly by me and many others. Rest in peace Tony – one day we will meet again.

  5. I am one of Tony’s uncles from Massachusetts. I knew he was very involved with veterans groups and that he worked tirelessly on behalf of them and their families.
    We didn’t get to see Tony very much but we heard a lot about him. In all honesty, I had no idea how well known he was and how highly he was thought of.
    My sister Phyllis, Tony’s Mother, would be extremely proud if she could see this tribute to her oldest son.
    I knew he was not well but I did not realize how sick he really was. I am very proud to be his uncle and I extend my sincere condolences to Kathy and his family.
    Somehow I will get this tribute into my sister’s hands.
    You’ve worked hard now rest in peace Anthony. We’ll meet again and we will find a frozen pond to skate together again.
    Uncle Bill.

    • Hi Bill – So sorry for your loss – we will all miss Tony – he was just such a wonderful man. I’d be happy to send you the photos, videos, etc so that you could share them with your family and your mom. I’ll drop you an email to discuss…
      Kind Regards
      Sue Quinn-Morris

  6. Rest in peace Tony. You were an extremely dedicated veteran. We all appreciate your great work with the veterans. I will miss you stopping and talking to me on your way to wherever. Our prayers are with your surviving family.

  7. Tony will b missed by many. What an awesome job u did for the gloucester county Veterans, Tony!
    (Facebook message)

  8. Tony was a great person he wore many hats for the vets and will be missed greatly. Thanks Tony for your service to your country and to the many vets you’ve helped along the way. You will not be forgotten for all your good works , God bless you and God bless your family.


  9. Tony’s loss will be felt throughout New Jersey and far beyond by the POW/MIA families. Our shared mission has lost a great deal with his passing. God Bless Tony, his wife and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Ann Mills-Griffiths, MIA Sister and Chairman of the Board, National League of POW/MIA Families

  10. Tony was a very generous man and Veteran. From his volunteer service you can see that many people relied on him to be their spokesman,advocate and “GO TO PERSON”.
    We are going to miss him and hope that from his passing that others will step up to help fill the void he has left!

    joe rullo

  11. The Halas family as well as our Veterans have lost a rock in their world.So sad to lose such a caring man so early. RIP Tony.

  12. The Marine Corps League is very sadden to hear of Tony’s passing. He will be greatly missed by the Veterans community. People like Tony don’t come along very often and will be missed by so many of us. May God bless him.

    Bill Harkins
    Commandant MCL 204



  14. Tony has created a legacy that will remain with the NJ Veterans for future decades. I remember him as an honorable & dedicated veteran who always exceeded beyond what may have been asked of him. Our Commander-in-Chief in heaven has already welcomed him in the soldiers ranks. He will have missions for him and I am quite sure he will go above and beyond what is expected of him. Lastly Tony, please remember my dear friend, you can serve in my foxhole anytime. May God Bless you and your family..

  15. a man on a mission was always helping vets and never said no
    you will be missed my friend ,rest easy tony as always semper fi
    May God Bless you and your family

  16. Rest in peace Tony. You were a great man and I loved being around you, Thank you for all of the great thing you stood for and things that you did around Gloucester County, you will be greatly missed.
    May God Bless you and your family!!

  17. My deepest condolences to the Halas family
    I’m one of the many Veterans he help !!
    And I will never forget you for that.

  18. You had the biggest heart of anyone I know. You selflessly gave your free time to make the lives of our Vets better without any expectation of payment in return. I will miss you terribly. Rest in peace, friend.

    • It is an honor to have been a part of this earthly journey with our dear friend, Tony.
      Always we will always remember this amazing, giving, remarkable, one of a kind, loving man…and a true Patriot.
      With heavy hearts we extend our most sincere sympathy and prayers to Kathy and family.
      Anita & Karl

  19. A giant of a man who left giant shoes to be filled,and a giant heart for all. No matter how you knew him, he was a friend to all
    veterans. Thanks for your all support and help

  20. Tony was such a kind man. He was there for anyone in need. I can’t count how many times he helped me out as my Service Officer. He was a huge asset. He will be greatly missed and I pray he rests in peace. Goodbye my friend.

  21. I am saddened to hear of Tonys passing. He was always doing for others. Another god man is gone but never forgotten. My condoleses to his family. RIP Tony. od knuw earned it

  22. We were sadden by the passing of Tony. He a truly a very dedicated person. Our prayers go out to his family. We knew Tony from the time they started planning the cemetery.

    Bob & Bobbieann Swain Marine Corps League

  23. I knew Tony and he was bigger than life, not only in size, but his personality and GREAT BIG HEART.
    Tony once gave me his own engraved bracelet of all the New Jersey MIAs and POWs . . .just because I showed interest and admired it. He insisted that I take it and today I wear it proudly in memory of them all and, now, of Tony himself.

    I work at least until noon on Friday so I will not be able to take part in any of the service for him. But I will pray for his soul and all the people he touched throughout his years of service to God and Country. May God bless Tony’s soul for all the good works he has done.

    Jerry Skorch
    American Legion Post 371 Gibbsboro
    Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 899 Bordentown
    NJ’s Mission of Honor for Cremains of American Veterans

  24. We Korean War Veterans cannot thank Tony enough for his efforts to help find our MIA’s from the KOREAN WAR. It is dedicated men like Tony that have helped to put to rest those young men who were POW’s and the 8,000 MIA’S. Rest in Peace brother. FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.

    Commander Capt.A.T.Jackson, Chapter 54, KOREAN WAR VETERANS

  25. Tony will be sorely missed- he was a wonderful person and I am so fortunate to have met him and honored to have sung the National Anthem and God Bless America for him and other honored veterans. Rest in Peace Tony!!

  26. Our condolences to Kathy and all of Tony’s family. He was a wonderful man and will be missed by all that knew him. John and Patty Kopec

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