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Toland, Thomas Tucker Thomas Tucker Toland, a descendent of a Texas pioneer family died on Sunday morning at his home in Dallas. Imaginative and artistic, as a child Tom had a sweet soprano voice and perfect pitch; often, he was asked to perform the solo with the Wesley Choir at Highland Park Methodist Church. The Director of the Vienna Boys Choir once invited him to audition. Later, he sang in musicals with the Lads and Lassies at Highland Park High School, and with the spear-carrying chorus of the traveling Metropolitan Opera. He loved to draw, filling portfolios with designs of futuristic planes and racing cars; he used his first savings to buy an engine in an open chassis, rebuilding it for the day he passed his driver's test. Still in his teens, he learned to fly, acquiring a pilot's license and founding a flying club at the University of Texas. As a pilot, he served in the Air Force National Guard and was honored for his leadership skills. His sustaining gift was his capacity to find happiness, and note the humor in happenstance. Always laughter was his, to create and to share even during the difficult days at MD Anderson where Dr. Fredrick Hagemeister and his team, with medicine and miracles, kept Tom alive for more than a decade. In business, the successes of his parents' friends influenced him. After working for IBM, he started his own successful company, NCS, which within a few years went public and was bought by Lomas & Nettleton. In the venture following, he founded TPS Leasing LLC, leasing railway cars in North America. Throughout his life, committed to his faith, Tom attended early morning Mass at St. Michael's and All Angels, and services at St. Francis where he served on the vestry. His abundant good works included counseling inmates, teaching Sunday School class, unfailingly fixing flat tires for the stranded motorist and driving hitchhikers to their destination. For support and friendship, he met with several men in small Bible study group on Thursday mornings. He became the father of five extraordinary children, two girls and three boys: Thomas, Scott, Edward, Monica and Ellen, and is grandfather to Austin and Leighton Harper, the children of Thomas and Kristin Keddie Toland, living in New York City, and to Liam and Lucy, the children of Monica and Josh Roberts, living in Dallas. He is survived by his children, his beloved wife, Nancy, her father, Stan Merrell, and her two boys, Rees and Kelly Davies, ' wife, Kelley and their two children, Cora and Alexander, and by his sister, Lucy Toland Murphy, her husband Lawrence Michael Murphy and their two children, Laura Murphy and Tucker Murphy, who live in Bermuda. Also, surviving Tom is Dr. Mary Louise King, his wife in an earlier marriage and the mother of his four older children. Tom graduated from The University of Texas in Austin, and while there he joined ATO fraternity. As a member of Toastmasters Club, he served as a popular President for many successive terms. He was elected to Terpsichorean, Calyx and Dervish, and was a past member of The Dallas Country Club. A graveside service will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 7405 W. Northwest Hwy. on Tuesday, January 22nd at 2:00pm, followed by a Funeral Mass and Reception at 3:00pm at St. Francis Anglican Church, 3838 Walnut Hill Ln, Dallas, TX 75229. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to St. Francis Discretionary Fund.


Published in Dallas Morning News on Jan. 22, 2013
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