A year ago today I lost my father and my best friend, everyone here lost their mentor and a friend. Dad and I spent the last 7 years of his life living together. Our households merged on a very snowy day in Feb those years back. I would’ve never thought they were to end so soon.
Like many of his generation COPD made his life difficult. My father was the type of man to overcome anything and everything. A car accident had shattered his leg in his 50s. He came back from it to be more physically fit than ever. Months of not being able to walk to walking miles. He had issues with depression and alcoholism that he was able to overcome and live a healthy, fruitful life. He turned to spiritualism to help him through the darkest times. Which many of you had conversations with him about. A lot of hardships made him the man he was. He pushed himself physically and mentally to be the best he could be. As much as life threw at him over the years he did the best that he could and overcame. In my mind he could overcome this and he’d have me there to help him.
My father was so proud to have his dream house, loyal dopey dog, his daughter and grandson with him for those last few years. He had just finished and posted updated lessons and had sent me off to the east coast a few days prior telling me “to find my dream home, don’t worry about anything else.” We were planning on moving back to the East Coast for better doctors for him and better schools for my son. On the way to his mother’s funeral the prior October when we entered a state I was trying to convince him was a good idea, 3 rainbows were huge and present. We both took it as a sign to continue on that path. The last email conversation I had with him was to hunt down a wine he hadn’t had in years to bring back with me with some Entenmann’s stuff we couldn’t get were we lived either.
I received the call the next day and hurried back. Dad went out on his own terms. Even quietly making the news. He was no stranger to news having been in Barron’s and on tv on multiple occasions in the late 80s early 90s. Later in life he turned down multiple speaking engagements and tv appearances. He liked his quiet life.
This year has been the hardest of my life. Everything had started to unravel and I found myself lost without him. In the beginning I just auto-piloted everything while basically still in shock. I tried to do what I thought was right not considering myself at all but, at the end of the day there was just too many balls to juggle and I was trying to live 2 lives at once. Things started to fall and with that my mental state. I’m the type to either do things 100% or not at all. After things had started to calm down and stabilize around June of last year I fell into a crippling depression. I’m working my way out of it now. For everyone who has been so supportive and sent me kind wishes I thank you. You can never know how much it all means to me. For those of you who threw hate, and assumptions (someone actually accused me of thinking I was above my father’s followers recently in an email smh) due to my lack of responses and participation. For those of you who threw the negativity at me, I hope you find peace and happiness for you are in desperate need of.
I want to thank everyone for your patience with me in the last year. I wish you all health and happiness in the coming years.
For the time being the blog will remain open for reference and educational purposes, however the weekend reports will not for the foreseeable future. OEW lessons will continue for the time being. I love talking with students and their excitement, positive attitude, and seeing my father’s work continue on helping people better their lives means a lot to me. Lessons are a requirement to have access to the private group which remains active and ongoing. Lesson advert he posted from last year please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in taking lessons.
In the coming year I’m going to dive into his notes of spiritual teachings. I want to pull them together and offer them in some sort of format for those who would like them. Stay tuned for that.
A year later I truly understand what his last words to me really were. I’m undertaking that journey now, wish me luck.
Over the weekend I asked members from the group if anyone wanted to say something publicly on the blog.
“Don’t be dismayed by good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends. – Richard Bach” ~ Wesley
“Looking for an edge in investments may draw one first to OEW, but what drew one to Tony ultimately was his heart and the example he set for his students and on “the board” for patience, generosity, and humility. These live on in his students and cause them to pause as they interact with one another in the exchange of ideas and preservation of the principles of OEW from which further insights might be gained. ” ~Joe
“Tony, I will remember you always as one of the most inquisitive, analytical, thoughtful, & kind people I have ever known.
You graciously shared your life’s work with the world & greatly enhanced my ability to study the factors influencing global financial markets as well as the collective investor consciousness.
Your quantitative approach to objectively interpret the Elliott Wave Principle remains your OEW legacy. However it was your subtle sense of humor, compassion, & ability to communicate with curious minds across any subject in search of greater understanding that I will forever appreciate and seek to emulate in my own life.
On a personal note my Mom passed of pancreas cancer 2 short weeks after you & for that reason February will forever be a month of remembrance for my two greatest teachers.
Namaste,” ~ Ryan
“Tony you certainly were a rare and special kind of person who shared your life’s work to help the lives of others. You taught me to be a successful trader improving my financial life but more importantly you taught me to be a better person. I use to be the kind of person that would never of shared his findings or tried to help people like you have done but I see now that those actions are what really gives fulfillment to ones life and I have you to thank for that. You will always be remembered as my mentor.” ~Rich
“They say the teacher will come when the student is ready and that was certainly the case with Tony for me. I needed a framework to help streamline my investments and a random tip from a colleague sent me to the OEW blog. It didn’t take long before I realized that this approach was different from the subjective/changeable E-wave that I had known for years. I powered through the lessons, looking forward to learning more in real-time. Unfortunately, my time with Tony was cut short, but his approach and guidance through the Lessons have had a profound impact on the way I view and approach the markets now. I’m glad I found you when I did. Many thanks, Maestro Tony.” ~Greg
“RIP Tony. We miss you!” ~ Kele
“RIP Tony Caldaro.
“Your father was an exceptional man, full of kindness and compassion for all he met and spoke to within the group, ultimately, he was an inspiration and I hope to emulate his outlook on life towards others even more so in the years to come. Your dad always liked too sign off with a smile, so hear goes =) ” ~Alistair
Love only yourself, or Love yourself and all others.
It’s a choice. Make the choice!