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Tony DiGiovanna, missing, found dead after canoe incident

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Authorities recovered the body of the man who went missing after the canoe he was riding in capsized in Ashburn on Sunday.

The body of Tony DiGiovanna, 49, was recovered by Loudoun and Fairfax County diver on Monday.

“We love him and miss him and we're here to support his family,” says Andrea Ronk, a close friend.

Authorities said DiGiovanna, his dog and 7-year-old son were in a canoe that capsized for unknown reasons at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

The child had a life preserver on but DiGiovanna did not.

Two teens, George Lewis and Brad Odenheimer, both 17, went into the 50-degeree water to rescue the child. Lewis said he and Odenheimer "just took off our shirts and jumped in."

Odenheimer said he just swam hard to get to the frantic boy, who was rescued. The dog swam to shore.

As the child was taken to an area hospital where he was treated overnight and released, search efforts continued for his father.

The man's body was recovered in Beaver Reservoir.

His friends and family remember him as a great husband, father of four and youth sports league coach.

“He was just a wonderful person who had such a zest for everything he did,” says Sunny Trippel, a close friend. “He wouldn't ever let a day be wasted, which is why he was out on a beautiful day.”

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