Musician Tony Lopacinski Passes

Tony Lopacinski

Local musician Tony Lopacinski passed away on Wednesday, June 15. He died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family after a 15-month battle with cancer.

The Virginia native moved to Nashville in 2005 after a successful career on the road as Train’s touring guitarist. Since coming to Music City, he worked as Josh Gracin’s bandleader and teamed with the artist and Bobby Pinson to co-write the Gracin hit “We Weren’t Crazy.” Lopacinski also played with Shelly Fairchild, Julie Roberts and others. Recently he had been focused on his band Tailgate South.

Lopacinski was a lifelong musician who loved Kiss, The Beatles, The Eagles, Boston, Foreigner, Peter Frampton, Fleetwood Mac and Aerosmith. His band Earth to Andy was signed to Giant/Warner Bros. in 1998 and toured with many of the ‘90s biggest acts including Stone Temple Pilots, Live, Three Doors Down, and The Foo Fighters. During his time with superstar rock band Train, he toured worldwide, and played on the 2004 live album Alive At Last.

He is survived by wife Sarah and two children.

A service will be held Sunday, June 19 at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Franklin. Visitation will be from 2:00-3:00 and 4:00-5:00 p.m.

A memorial service will also be held at Massanutten Presbyterian Church in Penn Laird, Virginia at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, June 27. There will be visitation with family from 2:00-3:00 and from 4:00-5:00. Interment in Virginia will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to one of the following charities:
• First Presbyterian Church Franklin, 101 Legends Club Lane, Franklin, TN 37069
• Massanutten Presbyterian Church, 50 Indian Trail Road, Penn Laird, Virginia 22846
• Gift Processing Office, Medical Oncology Research Fund for Dr. Jordan Berlin (in memory of Tony Lopacinski)
PMB 407727, 2301 Vanderbilt Place Nashville, TN 37240-7727

Visit his Caringbridge site.

Tony, wife Sarah, and their children


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