|Birth: ||Sep. 26, 1931|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 14, 2006|
New York, USA
"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
Love leaves a memory no one can steal."
Donald L. O'Toole Jr., beloved father and grandfather was 74 years old when he passed away & went to heaven, to be reunited with his beloved wife, Elizabeth Phelan, (b. Jun. 1, 1932 d. May 16, 1986). He was the son of Congressman Donald L. O'Toole, Sr., who served in the US House of Representatives from 1937 to 1953. He had 2 siblings...one beloved brother Thomas...and a sister, Mary. Although Donald was raised in Bayridge, he lived his life happily in Rockaway, where he was a resident for over 40 years. Having a strong passion for nature, Donald enjoyed living close to the beach, taking his early morning walks, watching the sunrise, listening to the birds, and feeling the cool ocean breeze. He appreciated and was very thankful for the simple things in life.
As a young man, Donald served as a Sgt.in the Air Force during the Korean War. Upon his return, many thought he would follow in his father's footsteps and pursue a political career (being the "gunho" Democrat that he was), but he chose to follow his heart. He married his high school sweatheart, Elizabeth, and together they had 10 children: 6 "bouncing baby girls"......Kathleen (Katie), Mary, Patricia (Patty), Elizabeth (Bizzy), Eileen & Maureen and 4 "bouncing baby boys"......Donald (Don), Thomas (Tommy), Michael (Mike) & Beloved Christopher. Unfortunately, Donald lost his wife early in their lives. Elizabeth was only 53 years old when she died. It was a devastating time for him, but he found the strength and courage to go on with his life.
For over 20 years, Donald worked as a Security Supervisor for Peninsula Hospital & Rehabilitation Center. As a retiree, Donald became active in the community. He was a member of the Senior Clubs of St. Camillus, St. Francis De Sales and St. Rose of Lima. He was a devout Catholic and also a member of the Voice of the Faithful.
To all who loved him dearly...young and old....he will always be thought of as the most wonderful "Grumpy Grandpa" (a nickname he cherished & is written on his headstone), but grumpy he was not! There was not a kinder, more caring, gentle, compassionate, loving, wise, hardworking, devoted person to be found. Donald made a lasting impression on all who knew him. He will be forever remembered and missed by his family & friends, especially by his grand-daughter, Jenny (or as Grandpa would say "Muscles").
"May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand."
Mary E O'Toole (1957 - 2012)*
Calverton National Cemetery
New York, USA
Plot: Section 13 Site 4639
Created by: Jennifer O
Record added: Apr 29, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14122793