Tony Thammavongsa, 36, of Exeter, Ontario, passed away suddenly Thursday July 27, 2023, of a fentanyl overdose after a long battle of addiction. Tony was born in London, Ontario on January 19, 1987.
Tony is survived by his parents Oudom and Mounsin Thammavongsa. His son Dontae Raymond and daughter Jaelynn Slaughter. His sisters Mary Thammavongsa and Mariah Thammavongsa. His grandparents Kong and Thanome Thammavongsa. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends. He is predeceased by his grandmother Gneng Thammavongsa, and grandfather and grandmother Bountham Phaenglit and thadum Phaenglit.
Tony had a heart of gold that anyone from his childhood could confirm. He was kind, funny, charismatic, selfless, loyal, and he always tried to find the positive in any situation. In turn, doing his best to block out the negatives, which is where his addiction came into play. Tony lived a hard life and drugs offered Tony an escape from his demons that he faced throughout his life.
On Thursday July 27, 2023, Tony overdosed on fentanyl. His family would like to speak the truth of his death. Silence would mean Tony’s death was in vain, but if one person’s life is saved by his story, we would tell it a million times. We know the pain of his suffering. We know the pain of our own suffering as his family, and we know that there are hundreds of other people in our community suffering as addicts or as loved ones to them. Speaking the truth, no matter the circumstances surrounding the epidemic of drug use may be the difference between life or death for someone. In honor of Tony’s life, we ask that truth be spread regarding this epidemic and awareness be raised.
A traditional Buddhist ceremony will be held on Tuesday August 1, 2023, prior to his cremation at Southwest Crematorium for family and relatives.
Following his cremation, Tony’s life will be celebrated at 4 PM on Tuesday August 1, 2023, at his parents Oudom and Mounsin’s house at 70650 London Road, Exeter Ontario. Everyone is welcome to come by for food and drinks.