Meet Antonio Davila (Tony), who has managed physical operations at Beth Israel since 1991. He loves country living, family, menudo and fortunately for us at CBI, his job!
Is Austin Home?
Austin proper isn’t home, but Tony and his wife bring their RV to East Austin and live there for much of the year. This allows for an easier commute to CBI. Originally from the Lockhart/Mendoza area, he prefers country living and he and his wife own five acres in the general Lockhart vicinity where they retreat for big family holidays or just to relax.
Tony and his wife met in 1959 while he was working at a service station on E. 7th and she worked at a nearby bakery. It was pretty much love at first sight. They married in 1962, and on April 1st will celebrate 56 years together.
Tony was the third child in a large family—11 children—six sisters and five brothers. He and his wife scaled back a bit when they grew their own family and only have six children, all grown with families of their own. He has eight living grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The family all gathers on their land for holidays, fixing sausage wraps and menudo and, as Tony says with a chuckle, “blaring Tejano music.”
His Free Time
In his free time, Tony and his wife travel to the Texas coast, where he fishes, enjoys the peace of Gulf waters, and occasionally runs into familiar CBI families relaxing at the Gulf too. He says they haven’t been back to Rockport since the hurricane devastation but that Rockport was always their favorite Gulf destination. In fact, Tony says that if he ever wins the lottery, he wants to move down to Rockport and just fish and enjoy life.
He also loves watching old television shows in syndication—notably Andy Griffith and The Beverly Hillbillies.
Despite two knee replacements, one in 1999 and the other in 2003, Tony manages work with energy and efficiency. As Senior Custodian, he sets up all events, including pronegs, onegs, and bar and bat mitzvahs. He works Sundays through Thursdays in order to be on the job for Hebrew school and other Sunday activities. He loves his job, his coworkers, and the entire CBI congregation.
So this is Antonio Davila, one of the many reasons our congregation juggles multiple events so successfully. Thank you thank you thank you, Tony, for your contributions to Beth Israel!