Anthony Hill Allen

January 17, 1943 ‒ September 08, 2018

Marion, Ohio

Anthony Hill Allen passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family after a courageous battle with Lou Gehrig ’s disease and Multiple Myeloma on Saturday, September 8, 2018.  Anthony was 75 years old and has lived in Marion since1997.

Anthony was born on January 17, 1943 to the late Alexander and Violet (Arpino) Allen in Barrow-in-Furness, England.  While in England he attended Urswick Schools and completed a five year construction management apprenticeship.

Anthony met the love of his life, Laurie Ann Cerra, by chance in a hotel lobby in Kingston, Jamaica in 1979.  The two had a story book romance, traveling throughout New York, Jamaica, England, and Columbia until they were married on August 17, 1980 in Ardsley, New York at The Water Wheel Inn.

Anthony and Laurie had a wonderful life together, living in Canada and Michigan, raising two children, and enjoying Friday night steak nights. Anthony and Laurie enjoyed summer trips to the Jersey Shore and a family vacation to Disney World and The Bahamas in 2000.  They made it a point to always try new foods by making diverse ethnic cuisines. In younger years, Anthony enjoyed working on and designing projects around the house and watching a good “film.”

A hard-working man, Anthony was employed with several companies managing material handling projects throughout the United Kingdom, The Middle East, and Canada.  In 1997, Anthony accepted a job with Fairfield Engineering moving his family to Marion.  After their closure, Anthony worked for Roberts and Schaefer out of Chicago and helped with various projects across Indonesia and Australia until his retirement in 2007.

Anthony is survived by wife, Laurie; children, Andrew James Allen of Marion, and Carolyn Victoria (Eric Leibert) Allen of Nebraska; grandson, Victor Anthony and brother, Alexander (Christine) of England.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, September 14, 2018 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 251 N. Main Street, Marion, at 10:30 am with Father Thomas Buffer Officiating.  Friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Donations may be made in Anthony’s honor to the ALS Association or Heartland Hospice of Marion.

Laurie wishes to express her gratitude to her Heartland Hospice family for helping us though this journey.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Anthony’s family.  Online condolences may be expressed by visiting

  • Dear Allen family. I am so sorry to have read of the death of Anthony. Please accept my sincere condolences. I would like to share something that I have personally found to be comforting. It is found in the Bible at John 5:28, 29 and Revelation 21:4. (Please read) May God give you and your family comfort in His promise that soon we will never experience losing our loved ones in death and we will be able to see them again once they are resurrected. With deepest sympathy and warmth of heart.

  • Laurie, Andrew and Carolyn,
    It was an honor to care for Anthony and your family these past six months. I learned so much about what a true love story looks like, The love and support of a beautiful family, and deep friendship. I will always here for all of you.
    All my love and prayers,

  • Laurie,
    I was so sad to hear of the passing of your Anthony…know that I am sending prayers and lots of love to you and your family as you grieve his loss. Hugs to you dear, sweet friend.
    Love, Janine

  • Laurie, Andrew and Carolyn
    You all were so strong during Anthony’s unbelievably unfair struggle with ALS topped off by Multiple Myaloma. The love and support you provided him is a testament to the strong family bonds you have. I have known Anthony for more than 40 years, my dearest friend Laurie since we were 5 and an honor to be Andrew’s godmother. How I wish I was with you all now! Darn Hurricane Florence

    When I think of Anthony I hear his classic British accent. A class act. I can see him at the infrequent visit over the years always bringing a bottle of port. When I see Port I think of Anthony.

    I remember visiting Laurie and Anthony at their home in Canada. It’s then that Anthony told me Laurie was pregnant with Andrew. My husband Jack remembers watching Billy Connelly with Anthony in their Troy Michigan Home and laughing his ax x off.

    Dear Anthony I’m sorry you suffered so. You worked hard for your family enduring work assignments away from them.

    Rest In Peace I will watch over your family

    With love