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Charles E. Toole

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"Sunset and Evening Star, and one clear call for me! And may there be no more moaning of the bar, when I put out to sea." Charles E. Toole of Ontario, California died June 23, 2008 in San Francisco, California after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's. An athlete, a poet, a warrior, a teacher, a coach, a salesman extraordinaire, a husband and father, he was born in Boston, Mas sachusetts on January 5, 1922, the oldest of Mary and Edgar Toole's four children. He earned his degree in English, with minors in Latin and Greek from Boston College, attending from 1939 to 1943. He was a member of the Boston College 1940 National Championship football team, so acclaimed after winning the 1941 Surgar Bowl in New Orleans. Graduating early in 1943, he joined the Navy and earned nine battle stars as the Skipper of an LCC, fighting the Japanese in the South Pacific. Following the war, he mar ried the former Mary Margaret O'Malley. They started a family which would eventually number seven children. Leaving the Navy, Mr. Toole coached football for five years at South Kingston High School in Rhode Island. He was recalled by Uncle Sam during the Korean War. He taught leadership at the Newport, Rhode Island Naval Station and coached the base's football team. He retired from Active duty in 1955 as a Lt. Commander after which he coached football and taught Latin and Greek at Loras College in Dubuque , Iowa. He moved his still growing family to California in 1958, where he taught English at Imperial and Upland high schools. In 1963, he began a long career as a Life Insurance and Real Estate Broker. He owned and operated his own agencies. He was a well known activist in civic and political affairs. He was a published poet and coached the Pomona Bulldogs professional football team. He was possessed of extraordinary wit and charm and brightened every room he entered. Mr. Toole's loving wife Mary prede ceased him. He is survived by his loving children Kevin Toole (Joyce), Suzanne Toole, Stephen Toole, Teresa Toole (Joseph), Arthur Toole (Lisa), Peggy Toole (Ted), and Jim Toole. He is loved and remembered by his grandchildren, Jennifer Toole (Jae), Sean Toole, Maggie Toole, Michael Toole, Maria Stewart and Cailin Toole. Additionally, Mr. Toole leaves four great-grandchildren. His three brothers predeceased him. "For tho' from out our bourne of time and place, The flood may bear me far, I hope to see my pilot face to face when I have crossed the bar." A gathering of remembrance will be held Friday, June 27, 2008, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel Ontario, Suite #1264, 2220 N. Vineyard Ave., Ontario, CA.
Published in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin from June 25 to June 26, 2008
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