Robert J. Toole, 86, of the Greenwood section of Moosic, entered into eternal rest on Thursday at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. He is survived by his devoted wife, Frances A. Danoski with whom he shared 58 years of marriage. Born in Scranton, he was one of five children born to the late James and Molly McGowan Toole. At an early age, Bob’s mother passed away, and he was raised by his kindhearted aunt, Marie Toole. Bob graduated from South Catholic High School and furthered his education at the University of Scranton. He proudly served our country during the Korean War with the United States Marines Corps, attaining the rank of corporal and was decorated with numerous medals and citations. He was later a member of the American Legion Post 604. Until his retirement, Bob worked as an electrician for the Tobyhanna Army Depot. A devout Catholic, Bob was a parishioner of Divine Mercy Parish in Scranton, and went to daily mass, the way he did everything, as if it was his job.
Bob was happiest when he was on the move, he always had somewhere to go and something to do. He loved to travel far and near: driving across the US, visiting other countries or going to Gerrity’s grocery store every day. It all brought him joy.
Bob was 17 years old when he made the decision to join the United States Marine Corps, trying three times before he was successful, finally forging his father’s permission. This was the first of his travels, including a trip to Korea to fight in a war, but by no means the last. Throughout his life, Bob loved to travel and have new experiences. Every new experience was summed up by a “That was fantastic!”
Bob was an organized, efficient, take care of business kind of a guy who loved the start of everyday. He was an expert list maker and planner, making a significant contribution to the world’s use of post-it notes. He had little patience for his less organized, procrastinating family members or for those who did not respond to his morning greeting with an equally enthusiastic “Good Morning!”
Most importantly, Bob’s family was the central focus in his life, and he was always there for them. He moved his children into and out of more dorm rooms, apartments or houses than can be remembered. He fixed things for them and helped to solve their problems wherever they were in the world. His children were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from him, sometimes in words, always by example: be decent and kind, work hard, meet your obligations, always try to do and be better, and see the world because there is so much to experience.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by five children: Tamyra Toole, Esq, Brookline, MA; Cynthia Toole and husband, Jason Angelus, Zurich, Switzerland; Terrence Toole, PhD, and wife, Julie, Waltham, MA; Carey Toole and wife, Hee Jung Jo, Daegu, South Korea and Tracey Toole and husband, Andrew Peken, Esq, Brooklyn, NY; eight beloved grandchildren, Ethan, Sarah and Addison Toole; Aster and Charlotte Toole; Caius and Seneca Angelus and Harper Peken; as well as his nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by two brothers, John and James and two sisters, Marie Marcks and Elizabeth Needham.
Family and friends are invited to attend Bob’s funeral, which will be on Saturday at 9:45 am from the Semian Funeral Home, 704 Union St. Taylor, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am in Divine Mercy Parish, 312 Davis St., Scranton, to be celebrated by the Rev. Francis L. Pauselli, pastor. Military honors will be accorded following the Mass by the U.S. Marines. Interment will be private in St. Mary of Czestochowa Cemetery, Moosic.
Friends may call Friday 5pm to 7pm at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509, https://stjosephscenter.org OR The Semper Fi and America’s Fund, https://semperfifund.org.
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