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Kiwanis mourns passing of 1987-88 president

Jack Brockley | Nov 06, 2019
1987-88 Kiwanis International President Tony Kaiser in New York City.

Anton J. “Tony” Kaiser, who as 1987-88 Kiwanis International president led the organization on a quest for excellence, died November 4, 2019. 

Anton "Tony" Kaiser The son of Hungarian immigrants, Kaiser grew up in New York City learning his parents’ values of work, worship, learning, searching and service. He applied these lessons as a member and leader in Kiwanis. He was a charter member of the Kiwanis Club of Farmingdale, New York, and was a member of the Ewing Township, New Jersey, club at the time of his death. He served as New York District governor in 1971-72 and joined the Kiwanis International Board as a trustee in 1980-81. 

He was the recipient of the Kiwanis Children's Fund's Walter Zeller Fellowship, George F. Hixson Fellowship, George F. Hixson Diamond 3 Fellowship and Tablet of Honor and was recognized for The Eliminate Project-Major Gift, Founders Circle and Heritage Society. 

As Kiwanis International president, he established a Major Emphasis Program titled “Our Quest: Their Best.” He called on each Kiwanis member to apply the spirit of the organization’s Six Objects as they performed relevant service, strengthened membership and made club meetings the “best show in town.” 

“We aim,” President Kaiser said, “to achieve the best for, the best from and the best in the youth of our communities. That is our quest.” 

He is survived by his wife, Mim; three sons, Eric (Kim), David (Ginger) and John (Nadine); seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 at Saint David the King Catholic Church, One New Village Road, Princeton, New Jersey, 09550. Friends may call from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, November 8, also at Saint David the King Catholic Church. Private burial will be Tuesday, November 12. (More information:)

Memorials may be directed to the Kiwanis Children's Fund

Condolences can be sent to the Kaiser family at 165 Sparrow Drive, Hamilton, NJ 08690.

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