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Halby liked insurance coverage, giving again

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Anthony Halby, who based his Halby Group Inc. insurance coverage firm half a century in the past, has died simply three days in need of his 72nd birthday.

He was an intergral a part of the native social material, particularly along with his philanthropic contributions and volunteer work on behalf of first responders, pals remembered.

The reason for his demise Nov. 19 was attributed to issues from pneumonia, based on his household.

Buddy Jo Ann Rebane stated his enterprise “served nearly everybody within the county.”

Tom O’Toole, who served with Halby on the board of the Nevada County Regulation Enforcement and Fireplace Safety Council, stated Halby’s experience in insurance coverage was apparent to anybody who sought his counsel.

“He was not an avid reader till it got here to a catalog about insurance coverage,” O’Toole stated. “Then he was in all probability one of many extra educated about insurance coverage.”

O’Toole described Halby as “a superb salesman with integrity” whose vocational success got here from honesty and respect between himself and his purchasers, of whom O’Toole was one.

“He was out to assist folks greater than he helped himself,” O’Toole stated. “Being that good, he turned very profitable.”

O’Toole stated these skilled attributes helped him succeed not solely financially, however along with his many friendships.

Monetary analyst Lucas Mijares stated he knew he had massive footwear to fill when he took over from Halby as president of the nonprofit’s board in June 2020 and appreciated the simple rapport his predecessor had with him.

“I bear in mind calling him for lunch and selecting his mind for enterprise stuff, and studying extra about his 5 youngsters,” Mijares stated. “I’m certainly one of 5 youngsters, and now I’ve 5 youngsters. We simply turned good pals. He’s a stable man.”

Mijares stated Halby was organized and “an amazing public speaker” — two beneficial abilities when directing candid conversations between completely different emergency service businesses.

Since its inception in 1999, the council has bought or donated greater than $1 million value of apparatus, help, and coaching for native first responders, based on the group’s web site at http://www.nclawandfire.org.


Halby and his spouse, Charlene, raised 5 youngsters in Nevada County after beginning his insurance coverage enterprise in 1981. His oldest daughter and 4 sons — together with a pair of twins — attended Nevada Union Excessive College, Rebane stated.

One of many twins, Mark Halby, a monetary planner in Solana Seashore, will proceed to assist along with his father’s still-active insurance coverage enterprise.

Charlene stated that, like O’Toole, she remembers her husband toting related literature to maintain his and his purchasers’ understanding of insurance coverage insurance policies updated.

Charlene, an legal professional earlier than changing into a stay-at-home mother, stated her husband labored in insurance coverage for the whole thing of their 50-year marriage.

They met at Woodbury College in Los Angeles and married shortly after. She stated they fell in love with California’s 1st Congressional District whereas on trip and moved north after the start of their first baby.

As deep into his insurance coverage profession as he was, Charlene stated, they each had been deeply concerned of their youngsters’s education and sports activities rising up, together with him teaching wrestling at Nevada Union. In his free time, Anthony performed any and all devices by ear, she stated.

He’s survived by his spouse and 5 youngsters, their 5 spouses and eight grandchildren. Their eldest daughter, Gabriella Stockdale, 39, and husband Jonathan have three youngsters in Nevada County.

Charlene stated her husband’s demise was a shock, as he had simply traveled through airplane earlier that month. His celebration of life will happen within the spring, though the date is but to be decided to keep away from the danger posed by COVID-19.

“Notably over the vacations, we don’t need to put collectively massive teams of individuals within the winter,” she stated. “We’re going to place his celebration of life off till someday in late March or April.”

Rebecca O’Neil is a employees author with The Union. She could be reached at [email protected]

Then-Nevada County Regulation Enforcement and Fireplace Safety Council President Anthony Halby (middle) offered Nevada County Consolidated Deputy Fireplace Chief Jerry Funk with a verify for $5,000 a number of years in the past. From left are the council’s founder, the late Willard Drown, Nevada County Consolidated Fireplace Chief Jim Turner, board member Mark Heauser, Treasurer Gordon Beatie, Secretary Donna Roach and board member Marty Lombardi.
Submitted by Brian O’Brien

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