Robert Francis Toomey(1921 - 2013)

Robert Francis Toomey

Age 92, of Wilmington, DE died Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at Forwood Manor.

Robert was born and raised in Conneaut, OH. He earned a B.S. in chemistry from Niagara University, and his M.A. and PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Buffalo. Robert served our country in the Navy as a lieutenant during WWII. He was stationed in the South Pacific on the USS James O'Hara. After the war, he taught at John Carroll and Case Western Reserve Universities and served as a public relations officer for ICI America, and was a consultant for the EPA. Robert was a member of the American Chemical Society, DE State Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International, Alpha Chi Sigma, Sigma Xi, and the Board of Directors for the Delaware Symphony where he also served as president. In his spare time Robert enjoyed golf, tennis, bridge, camping, traveling, and music. Most of all, he enjoyed his friends and family. They will always remember his sunny disposition, easy laughter,and strength of character, as well as his singing and piano accompaniment.

Robert is survived by his wife of 67 years, Doris Toomey; children, Michael (Lauren) of E. Fallowfield, PA, Peggy Wilkinson (Jeff) of Wilmington, DE, Daniel of Black Mountain, NC, Martha Schardt (Jim) of Lower Marion, PA, Paul of Newark, DE, Bill of Newark, Katie Toomey of Kailua Kona, HI, and Mary Toomey of Conshohocken, PA; sister, Regina Pettit of Delray Beach, FL; 10 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.

Friends may call on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 after 10:00 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 4701 Weldin Rd., Wilmington, DE 19803 where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Robert's name to Immaculate Heart of Mary Outreach.

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Published in The News Journal from June 13 to June 14, 2013