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Death on Lodi’s train tracks: ‘The world lost a good person’

Friends, family grieve for Antolin, who was remembered as vibrant, with a 'big heart'

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Anthony Antolin

Posted: Saturday, October 23, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 6:20 am, Sat Oct 23, 2010.

As happens too often in San Joaquin County, a person was killed on the railroad tracks on Tuesday night. Many times, it's a transient or suicidal person who loses their life on the rails. Not this time.

Friends and family say Anthony Antolin, whom they called Tony, was as selfless as they come, and his death was not only a tremendous shock, but very premature. The 41-year-old was as healthy and vibrant as could be, said Albert Monte, 24, who knew Antolin for nearly 20 years.

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  • Leigh Chancey posted at 10:43 am on Thu, Oct 28, 2010.

    Leigh Chancey Posts: 2

    Bryan, I didn't know your brother, but Ray said he grew up with you guys. Our condolences to your family in this time of grief. Take comfort in knowing that he is in heaven with his God. It is not for us to understand why our loved ones are taken sometimes from our lives. God has a plan for all of us. Whenever God has a special task, he calls another of His angels' home. So be comforted knowing that as much as the world and those who knew him will miss him, he was needed for something special that God knew only Tony could help with. Again, we are sorry for your loss.

    To all the other misguided people out there who are using this discussion arena to bring the focus to themselves- have some decency. Let this family grieve. How would you feel if you had just lost a loved one and people were leaving comments suggesting it was something other than an accident? Or about financial responsibility on tax payers. Please! Helping out your fellow man, and investing in one's community is what keeps a community viable. Maybe you wouldn't feel so much bitterness with the world around you if you opened your heart a little. That is a fact regardless of your religious preference- or the lack of one for that matter!

  • Robert Molle posted at 9:29 am on Mon, Oct 25, 2010.

    Robert Molle Posts: 51

    I grew up with Tony and Bryan. Tony was as cool as they came, everyone loved tony. Bryan, I'm sorry for your loss bro. As kids many of our friends backyard fences faced the railroad tracks. We'd walk the tracks to get to Salas park in 5 minutes to play football instead of 30 minutes of walking through neighborhoods. Maybe this is something Tony still did as an adult as a shortcut, who knows. All you people who did not know the Antolin family should have some respect and stop assuming Tony committed suicide. It is definately not the case!!!

  • Jay Samone posted at 9:03 am on Mon, Oct 25, 2010.

    Jay Samone Posts: 359


    I remember you and your brother from High School. I remember Bryan with his mini milk bone snacks and how I thought you two were both the "hottest" guys in school. I remember your smile and the way you always made everyone laugh.

    Bryan and family,
    I am very sorry for your loss. Contrary to these ignorant fools, I do not believe that your brother would intentionally hurt himself. Accidents do happen and that's just what they are. Hopefully Tony has found peace.

    Paula O.

  • Bob Silvano posted at 8:37 am on Mon, Oct 25, 2010.

    Bob Silvano Posts: 145

    By the way, let's not forget what the REAL tragedy is here. There are police, EMS workers, and last but certainly not least, the train engineer who struck this man, who have to go on living with the memory of that moment and it's aftermath. Do you think this "good man" gave any thought at all to the devastation he has caused to the lives of these truly innocent people? Selfish indeed !

  • Bob Silvano posted at 7:45 am on Mon, Oct 25, 2010.

    Bob Silvano Posts: 145

    Thanks for the concern, Darrell, but I'm doing quite well, thank you. What causes me pain, however, are people who don't take responsibility for their own actions. This guy made the decision he did on his own, for whatever reason. The family, and Jerome, can speculate on what exactly that reason was forever, but in reality, the only one who will ever know isn't talking, so closure isn't likely to happen. Well, I guess it gives people something to do. If your analysis of Jerome's response is correct, then yes, this truly was a selfish act. Now the taxpayers will be burdened with the cost for all the emergency response vehicles and personnel, the cost of the investigation, the autopsy, and probably the burial. Just what the people of Lodi need.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:11 am on Mon, Oct 25, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Bob, Thanks for clarifying... however, I took Jermomes comments that he was showing compassion and concern for his family who are still here. I thought he was saying that committing suicide is a selfish act as it takes no consideration of loved ones and what that might put them through.... You can agree or disagree with that assessment, but I think it should not cause negative feelings in you. Sounds like things have happened in your life that casue you pain... if thats true, I wish you well.

  • Bob Silvano posted at 4:09 pm on Sun, Oct 24, 2010.

    Bob Silvano Posts: 145


    I guess you would have had to be there on previous conversations I’ve had with Jerome. I make no apologies for, nor hide the fact that I’m a very devout atheist. I have very good reasons for being so, but will not go into them here. Jerome seems to believe that everything happens according to some huge predestined master plan conceived by a supposed “supreme being”. Hogwash! Feces happens. So, yes, I suppose sarcasm was intended. For whatever reason, this guy had problems, and now does not. Knowing why will never change the outcome, so the point of speculating is a waste of time, and mute. No one in their right mind sits on an active train line without the intent of killing himself or herself. Mission accomplished.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 2:25 pm on Sun, Oct 24, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Bob stated...Well, Jerome, I'm sure that his recent experience in finding "God" had a lot to do with it... Had he not, he might be alive today

    Bob, Im a little confused.... why are you sure that finding god had anything to do with what happened? Did you know this man... or were you just being sarcastic... or??

  • Bob Silvano posted at 2:05 pm on Sun, Oct 24, 2010.

    Bob Silvano Posts: 145

    Well, Jerome, I'm sure that his recent experience in finding "God" had a lot to do with it. Had he not, he might be alive today. But I'm sure you'll have some insightful explaination for his being on those isolated tracks in the first place? The Devil made me do it ? God made me do it? After all, there's a big picture, isn't there? It isn't possible that this man was just disturbed with his life and decided that this was the only way he could correct what he felt was wrong with it? Unlike you, I'm certain there is an "Earthly" reason he did what he did. Only those who are afraid to face reality turn to an "unearthly" reason why bad things happen to good people. Sometimes, it's as simple as your time being up ! Deal with it, Jerome !

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 5:21 pm on Sat, Oct 23, 2010.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2370

    I am certain that this was a fine man. But the question remains - for what Earthly reason would anyone sit on any set of active railroad tracks (other than one who actually wants to die)? Until that question is adequately answered, I doubt this man's family and friends will find the closure that they desperately seek and rightfully deserve.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 12:41 pm on Sat, Oct 23, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    I agree with the writer that the world lost a good one, but I think transient or suicidal persons who loses their life on the rails are equally a loss ... my heart goes out to all of them.



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