Antoine Elias Soueidi

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Antoine Elias Soueidi

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Tony Soueidi

Antoine Elias Soueidi, or “Tony,” from the time of his birth, has been Shepherded by the Lord Jesus.

On July 29, 1937, born the second son of Elias Joseph Soueidi and Habouba (Aimee) Asmar Soueidi, he was the answer to the devout prayers of his parents. Their entire lives, Tony strove to bring honor and comfort to them both and his whole family. In his early 20s, Tony realized he had to go abroad to “build his future,” and he was led to Liberia, West Africa. Teaching himself English and working diligently with integrity and honor, he rose to a prominent position in the business community in Monrovia. In 1969, the missionary family of John and Isabel Anderson came to Liberia as Bible Translators and, by 1970, their daughter, Christina, and Tony had wed.

Over the years, God was good and, in 1974, the family immigrated to the USA. In 1979, Tony proudly became a Naturalized American citizen, having chosen to make Billings their home of choice. Tony first partnered in a restaurant business, then Baron’s Jewelry downtown,  and ultimately his hopes and dreams were fulfilled by opening his own store, Tony Soueidi Jewelers in 1991, until retiring in 2016. Working along with his wife, Christina, he devoted himself to service, integrity and excellence. Comprehending that his blessings abounded from God, Tony showed his gratefulness by sharing back to the Montana and Wyoming communities whenever he could.

Not only did the Good Shepherd bless Tony in his work and business, but in his children as well. First son, Mark Antoine, completing his Doctoral degree in Music at Indiana U, comes home most months when he performs with the Billings Symphony Orchestra as Principal Trombonist. Second son, Elie John, a PA with the Billings Clinic/Orthopedics and his wife, Alisha have given them four grandchildren: Sydney Marie, Harrison Elias, Macalister John, Ella Grace, who have provided blessed purpose to life and such family joy. Third son, Joseph Andre, an attorney with Moulton Bellingham, was married June 2017 to Nathalie Warren, on her family ranch, bringing great rejoicing to the entire family.

A gifted handyman and enthusiastic, prolific gardener, Tony’s greatest love has been his family. The example of their immigrant father’s work ethics, integrity, respect, sacrifice, generosity, love for family, and devout faith in God, continually guides his sons, and blesses his wife.

After valiantly battling a form of leukemia for seven months, Tony went victoriously to be with his Savior, the Good Shepherd, on Saturday afternoon, January 13, 2018. In countless, wonderful ways Tony impacted the lives of so many and he will be missed beyond measure. May his memory be eternal.

A vigil service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave. Services will be at 12 noon Thursday, Jan. 18, at St. Patrick Co-Cathedral, 215 N. 31st St.

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42 thoughts on “Antoine Elias Soueidi”

  1. May the Lord rest his soul and everlasting be his memory! My sincere condolences to his wonderful wife Christina his three sons and their families! With sympathy and love in Jesus Christ our Lord! Dimitra Moser

  2. Becky (Bailey) Bryn

    I will forever remember the “really nice man behind the counter” when I would go to the jewelry store with my mom when I
    was a little girl. He always complimented me on my freckles on my cheeks, which I hated, but he thought were beautiful, and told me so every time! Little did I know back then that Tony and Christina would be part of the important events in my life from my wonderful engagement ring, commemoration of anniversaries, the birth of my girls. He became part of our family and treated mine as part of his. I am grateful for the time this summer on the patio visiting and admiring his beautiful, bountiful garden. I will always cherish my “Tony Soueidi” pieces and remember him when I wear them. They will forever be part of our family and will be passed down through the generations along with his story. He will always be in our hearts.

  3. Christina and family, my heart aches for you. Tony was always one of my favorite customers. You both always greeted me with a smile when I visited your store. Lots of great memories. I will not be able to attend the service, but my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Love and hugs, Darla.

  4. Kristi Aaby Arsenault

    Soueidi Family–my heart breaks with this news. Tony was a dear sweet man who loved his family so and I’m saddened by the news he is gone. While we know he’s with his Savior, his absence will be felt. My love to you all! Wish I could be there to say good bye. All my love, Kristi Aaby

  5. Hugs to you Christina from faraway friends of years gone by. God bless Tony, our jeweler for life.

    Phil & Jolene (Jojo)

  6. Chris and Bill Aaby

    Christina,
    Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to you and your family! We are very saddened to hear of his passing! Years ago when Tony worked at Country Kitchen on Midland Road, Bill remembers him as being the kindest and most professional man he had ever seen! Then we had the privilege to actually meet him in person when our daughter, Kristi, and Mark went to Senior High together. There was always a smile on his face whenever we ran into him. He was the sweetest man and his legacy will live on through his sons. He is in the loving arms of his Saviour now and will be the brightest star in Heaven! Our love to you all, Bill and Chris Aaby

  7. Tony was a stature of a man! His kind acient voice as he greeted you, was music to this young girls ears.
    His warm smile and twinkle in his eyes could light up a room…. you knew Tony was present.
    Years later this young woman would lightly visit with Tony on the phone as we shared a laugh or two.
    Tony made a difference! Thank You.
    Blessings to his beloved family.
    “May the memories from your mind be the scrapbook to your heart.”
    The sky shines brighter with this added star.
    Tina McLean

  8. MaryAnn Loiselle

    Dear Christina and family. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I am so saddened by Tony’s passing, but so fortunate to have had the opportunity to get to know both you and Tony over the years. I will forever cherish my relationship with both of you. God Bless!
    MaryAnn Loiselle

  9. I am so very sorry to hear that Tony has passed…he was such a kind gracious man. He will be missed by many! My condolences to his family….he was a treasure.

  10. I read the obituary and I smiled. I didi not know Tony, but I wish I would have. He led such a beautiful life and surrounded himself with family. I know he was very proud of all of you, and please accept my condolencess

  11. I was not aware Tony was ailing Christina know that my prayers are with you and your family. I first came to know Tony via the Boys and Girls Club and grew to love you in Bible Study Fellowship. He was a great supporter of the club and many charities in our community and will be greatly missed. I thank God for both of you as you exemplify what we as Christians should be and strive for to reach the calling God’s given each of us. I also thank Him for the times I know He had given you with Tony and the adventures with your family that you described so colorfully. Love you Christina and see you soon. .

  12. Christina and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your family’s and the Billings community’s loss with Tony’s passing. Tony was such a kind and genuine man; he will be missed by many. Sharing a common business interest and love for our community, we have always held a great respect for both you and Tony. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Sincerely,
    Scott and Kelly Wickam

  13. Christina and family,
    So sad to hear of Tony’s passing. I worked with him at Country Kitchen on Midland Rd
    He was an amazing inspiration and I admired him and the love he showed his family.
    I will always cherish the memories I have of knowing him.
    Love and prayers to you,
    Mary

  14. Christina and Family, Tony was loved by all of us. We will miss his presence so much. He will be remembered for his great attention to each of our individual needs and wants. We all left Toni knowing that we were very respected and would be carefully served. Tony had an infectious enthusiasm for life and was a gift to all who knew him. This is a big loss for our community of Billings. May you be comforted by all the memories and experiences he gave to your family. Every day I wear the Yogo Sapphire ring he sold Dan working at Barron’s when we first moved to Billings. Tony loved to get the beautiful Jewels to make us all proud. He was so happy to make us happy. Tony was a treasure himself. May you feel the love Tony gave to us. You were his inspiration for a wonderful life in America.

  15. Laurie and Dewey Farmer

    My husband and I were saddened to hear of Tony’s passing. He made you feel like you were his best customer regardless of what you could afford. He was always smiling and knew you by name and made you feel special. He was indeed a very special person.

  16. Christina, Mark, Elie, Joseph and families,

    Larry and I are deeply saddened to read of Tony’s passing. No doubt he was met with a glorious welcome into God’s heavenly home.

    When I think of Tony, words like kind, genuine, generous, integrity, love, come to mind only to mention a few. Larry and I were honored to know Tony and all of you, his wonderful family.

    Your loss is tremendous and know we share in your sorrow and offer heartfelt sympathy and prayers.

    May the peace of the Lord strengthen and comfort you.

    Merle and Larry. Tyson

  17. Dear Christina and Family: The world has lost a beloved soul with Tony going to meet the Lord and grace the Heavens above. I met Tony when he used to work out at Nautilus when it was located on Broadwater and 24th Street. He was an amazing jeweler and I took many a stone or ring to him to create magnificent works of art for the fingers to wear. My mother, Lois, started taking her prize jewelry to him for cleaning, strengthening or for appraisal. Tony was always soft spoken and always had time for you when you popped into his store just to say hi and keep connected. Thank you Tony, for gracing my life with your presence. With Prayers, Cyndi Kosmann

  18. I am deeply saddened by Tonys passing. The world has lost a precious person, God has received a wonderful soul.

  19. The world has truly lost a wonderful man. Christina and your whole family, I am so sorry to hear about Tony. Cherish the wonderful memories and lasting legacy that he has left behind.

  20. We were so saddened to here of Tony’s passing. Such a kind and gentle man. He will be missed. Praise God that he is now in his Saviors loving arms.

  21. Tony was one of the kindest, caring people I had the pleasure to meet. I also first met Tony at Nautilus and purchased jewelry from him and he bent over backwards for me. The world has lost one of the best. My condolences to his family.

  22. Dear Christina and family, How sad I am today to hear about Tony’s death. I so wanted to see him again in this life, I remember him with great fondness. It was a joy to know him and be part of his life so many years ago. His vibrant spirit is alive again today in Christ, as he dances in the Presence. We will see him again and rejoice together. In the meantime, my prayers are for you as you grieve and miss him. My Our Lord’s peace encompass you. Ann

  23. Dolly and Gordon Maxwell

    Dear Christina and family, with sadness Gordon and I read Tony’s obituary. Tony was a kind and gentle man and we were honored to know him. You and your family are in our prayers. Know that he is no longer suffering and you will be reunited.

  24. Nichole & Kent Wood

    Soueidi Family- Tony is one of the most amazing men I have ever met. I enjoyed every single visit we had in his store. One amazing man to be forever remembered.
    Sincere condolences to your entire family.

  25. Christina,
    Daddy (Don Shockley) and I feel such bitter sweetness over hearing about the passing of Tony. We will miss him greatly on earth but know that he is up in heaven rejoicing and celebrating.

    My family (Grandma and Grandpa Fitch, Jan and Don Shockley and Mark Shockley) was so fortunate to have you in our lives. Grandma and Grandpa took you and Tony in as their own family and adapted you both in their hearts. They loved you tremendously and shared the joy of each child, Mark, Elie and Joseph as they too became near and dear to their/our hearts. We spent Holidays and celebrations together and made and shared memories along the way. Those memories will hold fast forever until the day we all meet again.

    We’ll be praying for peace for you and your family. We love you and we are grateful for the loving times we had together as a family. Tone will be missed but never forgotten.

    (You Hold Me Now – Hillsong)
    On that day when I see
    All that You have for me
    When I see You face to face
    There surrounded by Your grace
    All my fears swept away
    In the light of Your embrace
    Where Your love is all I need
    And forever I am free

  26. Fr. John Mancantelli

    God bless you, Christina.
    Matushka Clara and I were saddened to learn of Tony’s repose. May our loving God grant him eternal rest and be the source of consolation for you and your family. Memory eternal.
    With love in Christ,
    Fr. John Mancantelli

  27. Janet Schroeder and Allen Barta

    My husband bought my engagement ring from Tony in 2000, and we were married in 2001. It was a triiant diamond. Tony never forgot my husband or the purchase we made. Over the years we bought other items from Tony and Christina both at the downtown location and in First Interstate. It didn’t matter the size of the purchase or how long it had been since a purchase was made, Tony always treated us as though we were his best customers! Tony also had a triliant diamond necklace come in and called my husband to see if he would like to buy it for me, which he did. I love both of my all of the items that were purchased from Soueidi Jewelers and will treasure them for my lifetime. Thank you also Christina for always being so sweet to us when we did come in. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Chistina and your family. Tony has been missed greatly by us since he retired and will continue to be missed.

  28. Tara And Brad Cayko

    Tony will forever be remembered in our community. He was a wonderful kind man and our family was blessed to know him. Our Condolences to the Soueidi family. Bless you all

  29. Christina and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Tony was a wonderful man and enjoyed life, and helping his clients find just what they wanted. I have beautiful pieces that Bruce purchased from him. He was always so excited to please his customers. We are sorry we cannot be there for his service. God Bless all of you and know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Barb and Bruce Harper

  30. Jim and Jan Paulsen

    For almost 32 years, I had the blessing of calling the Soueidi’s ” Sweeties” neighbor. Tina and Tony and the boys were and are so special to us; Jim, Jan, Tammy and Tracy Paulsen. The Soueidi’s helped with organic gardening tips, bug control ,helpful household info, lots of yummy tomatoes to eat, what beautiful flowers to plant, snow removal, ladder and tool borrowing , leaf cleanup and so much more. I always felt safe knowing they were next door and even more so when my husband developed dementia.

    Since we moved to our condo out west, we have truly missed our wonderful neighbors. For certain, Tony was an angel on earth and will be missed beyond words by his community. God Bless always, Jim and Jan Paulsen and the girls .

  31. Scott & Helen Callaghan

    Christina, Mark, Elie, Joseph and families, so sad to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We have fond memories of the times we spent with your family. Tony was a wonderful man. May your memories together give you strength.

  32. Mariann & David Riddle

    Christine and family so sorry to hear in the passing of Toni, he was a wonderful person. May god give you strength through this trying time.

  33. May our God grant you peace at this most difficult time. We are sorry for your loss.
    Love, Tom & Kelly Jo Lemm

  34. Pamela M Bilyeu

    Dear Soueidi family, we are so sorry for you loss of a wonderful man.
    Everyone we’ve loved is a gift to be treasured, a loss to be mourned, and a part of our hears forever.
    Hugs and prayers.

  35. Dave and Deb Peters

    God’s peace and care be with you all. We were very saddened to receive this news. What a kind and generous man was Tony. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  36. I knew Tony for over ten years as a most generous and always cheerful man. He will be missed by so many. May his memory be for blessing and may Christina, the children and grand children continue to have faith and strength.

  37. Nancy & Ed McGrath

    My husband’s watch battery stopped the day we arrived in Billings 16 years ago. A downtown merchant referred us to a nearby shop, and when we walked in, we quickly realized that this wasn’t an ordinary jewelry shop. My first impulse was to leave, because I felt sure a shop of this quality didn’t bother with something as menial as watch batteries.
    When Tony approached to ask how he could help us, we both felt his warmth and genuineness as he smiled and said, “Of course!” His demeanor was such that we felt as though we’d met the Chairman of the Billings Welcoming Committee.
    Since then, we’ve had several occasions to make very conservative purchases from his extraordinary inventory, and each time we were welcomed as old friends. We’d chat, catch up and reluctantly leave his hospitable spirit. In fact, we visited him on the last day he and Christine were in the shop.
    We weren’t fortunate enough to know Tony or his family on a personal level, but we feel as though we’ve lost a beloved member of our family. Billings has lost the tallest businessman whose shop was in the tallest building.
    You have our thoughts, our prayers, our deepest sympathies and our love.
    Nancy & Ed McGrath

  38. My heart hurts for your family and the learning of Toni’s passing. Your family has always been kind to my parents, my siblings and has always supported our endeavors and you were always a bright light that I cherished. Please know the impact you had on the community, your wonderful family and love that extends to us all by your presence and your absence. Love and light and my deepest gratitude for being able to know you. ~ Nancy Weyler

  39. Christina and family,
    Please accept our sincerest condolences on the passing of Tony. We hope he did not suffer unduly during his illness… We spent 3 years caring for Walter and know how brave and tireless one must be…to care for your loved one with these difficult prognosis’s. Tony is sparkling (like his jewels) in heaven, with his beautiful smile and loving ways. May he be with you, your children and grand children, always.
    Julie Orser (Eileen and Dave’s daughter)
    Houston, TX

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