John Anthony Benson passed away May 13 in Montrose from long term illness. “Tony”, as he was affectionately called for most of his life, lived for several years in Gunnison starting in 2012. Tony enjoyed going to Young at Heart senior lunches to sit with Bernie, Ann, Bud, Mac and a few other regulars at their special table where the conversation was deep and the laughter frequent. Tony was born July 17, 1942 in Dallas, Texas but spent most of his life in California and retired as a chef when he moved to Colorado in 2012. He loved music, singing, history and good dogs. There will be a funeral mass for Tony at St. Mary’s Church in Montrose on Friday, May 18 at 1 p.m.