Our beloved Anthony Earnest “Tony” Broskley, 85, peacefully passed away at his home in Woodward, PA, on November 9, 2022, due to complications with lupus and congestive heart failure. He lived an extraordinary life of many adventures and locales, having lived in Woodward, PA, for the past two decades with his companion of thirty years, Bridget Ann Stubbs. They were/are the proud fur parents of two unique canines, Abner and Frances, and several felines throughout the years, all cherished and loved dearly, and most recently, Eddie and James, two orange tabby cats.
Anthony was born in West Virginia in July 1937 and grew up in Houserville, Pennsylvania. He was the son of the late Stanley Roman Broskley and Mildred Barbara (Coble) Brown. He was a 1956 graduate of State College Area High School.
He traveled extensively in the western part of the United States, his fishing adventures in Alaska being one of the most exciting times of his earlier life. He also lived in the Haight-Ashbury area of San Francisco, California, and in Berkeley, California in the sixties. While living in California he met several (famous) members of the counterculture, such as Jerry Garcia and Ken Kesey. There was some story about possibly working on Ken Kesey’s “Furthur”, a converted and artfully decorated school bus, but the details of that story are unclear and left to legend.
In the sixties, he spent time working with his friend, Louis Slyder in Emporium, PA, in the area affectionately named “Fern Territory”. Sometime later, he put down roots in Penns Valley to raise his family, having lived in Coburn, Spring Mills, Millheim, and later on, in Woodward. As a valuable member of the Penns Valley community, Tony was adored by children and adults alike, always telling stories and singing old-time songs at various social gatherings and in his home.
Tony had been a tank mechanic in the US Army and continued his love of the craft by working on automobiles and motorcycles in various parts of the United States. He worked at and owned shops in several locations in the United States, one of the first was the Howling Dog Garage in Oakland, California, in the 1960s. Shortly after moving back to Pennsylvania, in the late sixties, he worked at the Square Deal Garage in Millheim, Pennsylvania. In 1970, he began his business, Black Walnut Farm and Garage. He especially liked to work on Volkswagens and Studebakers. Anthony also had a lifelong love of motorcycles and enjoyed riding, racing, and working on BMW, BSA, Moto Guzzi, and Ducati motorcycles. At some point someone gave him the moniker, “Tony Ducati”, it sounded cool and was apropos given his love of Ducatis.
Tony is survived by a daughter, Asta Broskley; two sons, Eric Dash (Jill) and Scott Dash (Chris) and his friend and life partner, Ann Stubbs. Tony helped Ann bake, cut and deliver bread for the Millheim Bread Company for many years. He loved the bread business as much as he loved riding his beloved motorcycles.
A celebration of Anthony’s life will be held sometime in the spring, more details are forthcoming.
Please, in lieu of flowers, help a poor hungry cat out by providing a forever home, unconditional love, tender pets, and healthy food. He would really appreciate the kindness, as he was a kind and gentle soul with a huge heart and endless love for those less fortunate.
You are greatly missed, Tony. We all love you and this valley will never be the same without you.
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