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Thomas J. O'Toole, 88, died Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, at Rex Hospital, Raleigh, surrounded by family while listening to his favorite music.
He was born Jan. 10, 1929, in Barrelville to Charles O'Toole and Neva Catherine (Keegan) O'Toole. He graduated from LaSalle High School in Cumberland in 1947, where he was a star player for the football team. He also participated in many other sports such as basketball, baseball, and track. He retained his love of sports throughout his life.
During National Youth Week, Tommy became "Governor" of Maryland on May 1, 1941. After a "distinguished" term, he left office May 2, 1941.
Tom married Alice Jean (Borgman) O'Toole in Winchester, Va., in 1963. They moved to Raleigh shortly after.
Tom had a 27-year career with IBM, where he was known for his friendly and helpful nature. Until he retired in 1992, he couldn't walk down a hallway at work without being stopped by those he worked with for a friendly greeting.
Tom was very proud of his Irish heritage, and a highlight of his retirement years was taking his family for a trip to Ireland. His grandchildren still cherish those memories.
Tom will be missed very much by son, Thomas Jr. and daughter-in-law, Khristine; daughter, Jennifer; daughter, Rebecca and son-in-law, Chris Cornwell; beloved granddaughters, Savannah and Emily Cornwell; nieces, Sharon Seaders and Susan (Seaders) Phillips, and their four children; sister-in-law, Virginia (Ginger) Tiede; her three children; three grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Rebecca Brookes and her daughter.
He was preceded in death by his wonderful wife; his brothers, Charles W. "Billy" O'Toole, Warren O'Toole and Patrick O'Toole; his sister, Kathleen (O'Toole) Seaders; and his parents.
Tom will be remember as a wonderful and patient father who loved nothing more than to spoil his granddaughters.
Funeral services will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 2718 Overbrook Drive, at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m.
Internment will follow services at Oakwood Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent through Brown-Wynne Funeral Home at www.brownwynne.com.
Published on December 16, 2017
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