Jan. 31, 2013
Thomas A. "Tex" Toole, 68, a resident of Plains Township, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township, where he had been a patient since Jan. 27.
Mr. Toole was born in Wilkes-Barre, son of the late Thomas A. and Rosemary Conway Toole, and was a graduate of the class of 1962, James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre. He served with the Navy during the Vietnam War and was later a pressman with International Color Press, Wilkes-Barre, until the company closed. Prior to his retirement in 2004, he had been an inspector with King Fifth Wheel Corp., Mountain Top.
Mr. Toole was a member of Lodge #61, Free and Accepted Masons, Wilkes-Barre; Keystone Consistory, Ancient Scottish Rite Masons, Scranton; the Irem Shriners, Dallas and its Irem Golf Association. He also was a member of Joseph E. Conlon Post #558, American Legion, Plains Township; the Polish American Veterans Club, Hudson, Plains; the Triangle Club of Miners Mills, Wilkes-Barre; and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Wilkes-Barre.
Surviving are his wife, the former Maryanne Williams, at home; a sister, Mrs. Sharon Parri and her husband, Harry, Wilkes-Barre; brother-in-law, Richard D. Williams and his wife, Kathy, Granite Bay, Calif.; nephews, Joseph Parri and his wife, Danielle, Danville; Thomas Parri, Plains Township; Scott Williams, Granite Bay, Calif.; Beau Williams, Lake Tahoe, Nev.; Kenny Williams, Woodland, Calif.; nieces, Briana Williams, Sacramento, Calif.; Shara Madigan, Woodland, Calif.; great-nephew and great-niece, Adam and Kayla Parri, Danville; numerous cousins; his special boys, Tom Robinson, Wilkes-Barre, Norman Robinson, Freeland; his "little son," Jingles Gilhooley Toole, with whom he enjoyed his endless morning walks.
Funeral with military honors will be held from the H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home Inc., a Golden Rule Funeral Home, 451 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, Monday at 9:30 a.m. with funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Dominic's Church, St. Benedict's Parish, Austin Avenue, Wilkes-Barre. The Rev. Joseph A. Kearney, pastor, will be celebrant and entombment will follow in the Mount Olivet Cemetery Mausoleum, Carverton. Friends may call Sunday 2 to 5 p.m.
The family requests that flowers are omitted and donations in Mr. Toole's name are made to the Lupus Foundation or to a