Edward Joseph Toner Jr.

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(Asbury Park Press)

Edward Joseph Toner Jr., 78, of Brick, died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009. He was born in Queens, N.Y. and resided in Howell from 1966 to 1993 before moving to Brick. A graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y., he completed Navy flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1954. He served in three squadrons and aboard six ships before retiring as LCDR USNR in 1971. He was a decorated veteran of the Korean War and Viet Nam. He was a captain for TWA for 30 years before retiring in 1987. Edward was a member of the Elks Lodge #1432, the Circumnavigators' Club, Tailhook Association and various other veterans' organizations. He was a loving husband and proud father.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marlene (Greene); six children, Eamonn, Patrick, Deirdre, Eileen Becker, Timothy and Kevin; his brother, John; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 at the Lakewood Funeral Home, 6250 Highway 9, Howell. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11 at St. Veronica's Church, Howell. A chapel service will follow at Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown.

Published in Asbury Park Press on Dec. 9, 2009