Toner, Randolph “Randy” Joseph Ronald. I just finished watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs and I can only wish I had the opportunity to have watched every game with my dad. Seems about time to complete the long-awaited official announcement of his passing. Dad passed on April 20th, 2021. Dad died of a broken heart a mere 79 days after Mom, he always said he could not live without her.
Dad was 76 years young and was nowhere ready to leave us but was more determined to not be without the love of his life. Dad’s unwavering love for his teenage sweetheart Margie was undeniable. Like any other relationship, theirs was not perfect, but they never gave up on each other and their faith and love for each other only grew more endearing over the years.
Dad is predeceased by his beautiful wife Margaret née Boucher, Father Joseph Toner, and Mother Ethel Toner née Foran. Loving father to David (Leeanne), John (Holly), Shanon (John), and Kelli (Grant). Proud Papa of Andrew, Joseph, Richard, Ivy, Kayleigh, Lochlan, Olivia, Dechlan, Breeghan, Sheamus, Violet, Rowyn, Quinn, and his great-grandson Cohen. Loved by his siblings Larry (Lucy), Patricia, Sandra (John), and Phyllis (Charlie) and held dearly in the hearts of the Boucher family and many cousins, uncles, aunts, nieces, and nephews.
To say Dad was proud of his children is an understatement. He celebrated every single one of our achievements big or small. Regardless if you were an acquaintance or a perfect stranger you heard about us. Although rough around the edges, he was the most fragile of people when it came to his family. Dad loved his family voraciously and would protect them with all his being.
Dad was happiest sitting around a table with family playing a game of cards and enjoying a cold brew. He had the sweet tooth of a two-year-old, left voicemails like it was his job, danced like a professional half his size and age, and loved to spin mom around the dance floor. He had the hands of a heavyweight boxer, needed hugs and gave the best ones. Dad was immensely passionate about his Irish heritage, had the best laugh being both breathless and contagious, loved to take drives with Margie, and had a deep-seated need for everyone to be okay. Dad enjoyed listening to Elvis and Roy Orbison among many musical legends, he treasured his precious Breeghan, loved to feed people, and followed every known sport faithfully - especially his Leafs. Sir Knight Randy was a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus, an avid golfer, curler, and softball player in his day. Dad kept himself very up-to-date on current affairs and enjoyed keeping his family up to speed on the goings-on in the world, he tended to know more than necessary about everything.
Dad hated goodbyes until his final day, but this is not a goodbye. We will hold mom and dad lovingly in our hearts, we will be strong until we see them again. Mom and dad are together again in a better place watching over us all with bright smiles and proud hearts. Much love to all friends and family during this difficult time, the outpouring of support has been tremendous and much appreciated.
Randy and Marg’s funeral will take place on August 20th at 10:00 am at Holy Redeemer Church in Sudbury, Ontario. Following the ceremony, they will be laid to rest together at the Lasalle Cemetery at 1:00 pm.