Michael Toole

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AUGUSTA, Ga. - Michael Greiner Toole passed away August 31, 2016, at the age of 93 years. He was born in Midville, Georgia, the oldest child of William Franklin Toole and Frances Rae Greiner Toole. Michael graduated from high school at Richmond Academy in Augusta, Georgia, and had a bachelor's degree in music education from Westminster Choir College, a master's degree in education from the University of Georgia and a certificate of completion for completing all coursework towards a doctor of education degree from the University of Georgia. He studied Spanish language at the Universidad Nacional Aut noma de M xico, and organ with Alfonso Vega N ez at the cathedral in Morelia, Mexico, and Marcel Dupre at American Conservatory at Fontainbleau, France. Michael retained an enthusiasm for education throughout his life. He spent several summers at the Royal School of Church Music near Croydon, England, and took non-credit classes in topics as diverse as conversational Japanese and architecture well into his 80's; he always counseled friends and family to, "Try and retire near a University." Michael was an active participant in the Augusta music scene for many years, performing in productions by the Augusta Players and the Fort Gordon Players, including Brigadoon, Oklahoma, and Godspell. Michael taught piano, organ, and voice privately, and appeared as an accompanist and in recitals in the Augusta area on a regular basis. In retirement, he and his wife Donna sang and travelled with the Veterans Administration Chorale. He played the organ for seventy-five consecutive Christmas services from the age of thirteen years. As recently as July of 2016 he regularly played the piano for Catholic services and sometimes Protestant services at Lorien (Assisted Living and Nursing Facility) in Mt. Airy, MD. Michael was married to Donna Ruth Rigdon Toole from 1958 until her death in 2012. He is survived by two sons, McDonald Michael Toole of Reading, Massachusetts; and William Robert Toole of Woodbine, MD; a brother, William Francis Toole, of Augusta; and four grandchildren. Michael had three grandsons and one granddaughter. In recent years, his broadest smiles were reserved for time spent watching his grandchildren grow. A memorial service was held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Mt. Airy, MD. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD.

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