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Edward William Tonkin

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 10 Apr 2010 (aged 93)
Charlottesville City, Virginia, USA
Burial Valhalla, Westchester County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 175487794 · View Source
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Edward W. Tonkin, 93, of Charlottesville passed away peacefully on April 10, 2010 at Charlottesville Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born in New York City on November 19, 1916 to the late Edward William and Charity Saunders Tonkin.

Mr. Tonkin graduated from Stuyvesant High School and attended Pratt Institute in New York City. He worked in drafting and sales for Standard Switchboard Company in New York before becoming a managing partner in the firm. In the 1970's and 1980's, he and his second wife owned and operated a ceramic studio and distribution business in Scarsdale, New York before retiring and moving to Stratford, Connecticut. The couple relocated to Our Lady of Peace Retirement Community in Charlottesville in 1998.

Ed and Hazel Tonkin were married for 59 years before her death in 2007. They traveled widely and enjoyed seeing new sites and visiting friends and family. They were known to their grandchildren and great-grandchildren as Nunu and Meme. Mr. Tonkin spent many happy hours cooking and gardening. He shared his scotch shortbread and ginger cookies with everyone he met.

Mr. Tonkin leaves a son Edward Hobart Tonkin and his wife, Deborah, of Erie Pennsylvania, two daughters, Barbara W. Moorhead and her husband John of Huntington, West Virginia and Charity T. Haines and her husband, Richard, of Charlottesville; five grandchildren, Edward Henry of Denver, Colorado, Virginia K. and Collier W. Tonkin of Erie, Pennsylvania and Kenneth E. Gorrell and his wife Holli of Northfield, NH and Shannon E. Reid and her husband Thomas of Epsom, NH. He also is survived by two great-grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, Stefanie Haines of Portsmouth, NH, and Andrew Haines and his wife Kristina of Berwyn, PA. and two step-great-grandchildren.

His first wife, Ruby, predeceased him in 1945.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 13th from 11:00 - noon at Teague Funeral Home on Ivy Road followed by a service of remembrance conducted by the Rev. Dr. Don Moore. Burial will be at a later date at Kensico Gardens, Westchester County, New York.

The family expresses their sincere appreciation to the staff at Rosewood Village, Hollymead and Charlottesville Health and Rehabilitation Center for their tender attention and care. The family also wishes to thank the Family Practice Clinic and the Chaplaincy Program at the University of Virginia Health System.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army 207 Ridge Street, Charlottesville or the Chaplaincy Program at the University of Virginia Health Sciences System.


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  • Created by: LNM
  • Added: 18 Jan 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 175487794
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edward William Tonkin (19 Nov 1916–10 Apr 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 175487794, citing Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, Westchester County, New York, USA ; Maintained by LNM (contributor 47438535) .