Samuel J. "Sam" Toney Jr. (1921 - 2017)

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Samuel J. Toney Jr. "Sam," 95, a resident of Christ the King Manor, passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017.
He was born on June 23, 1921, in DuBois, the son of the late Samuel J. Toney Sr. and Ruth (Habib) Toney. On April 14, 1943, he married Emily (Zaiden) Toney, who passed away on Jan. 31, 1988.
After graduating from high school, Samuel went on to serve in the United States Army during World War II. During his time of service he received the American Service Medal, European–African–Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and World War II Victory Medal.
Sam was the proprietor of a family business for many years. Toney's Bar and Grill was located in downtown DuBois on Long Avenue until a fire in 1965 destroyed the business. Sam worked many years with his brother Ed in his construction business and was a first class carpenter.
Samuel then worked for DuBois Hospital in the capacity of Maintenance Supervisor and then began his final work career in 1971 as Christ the King Manor officially opened and where remained until in his retirement in 1983. Throughout his life, Sam could always be found "tinkering" with just about anything. He had a gift to make something from nothing and never let anything go to waste.
He will be remembered as a hard worker who always instilled the value of good work ethics, the responsibility of being mature, and looking for the positive signs of life. Sam was a man of simple successes but comfortable with everyone in all types of settings.
He was a member of St Catherine's of Siena Church in DuBois and a member of DuBois Knights of Columbus. His interests included the piano, the theater, and playing cards. He enjoyed time in Atlantic City, Salamanca, and Connecticut; and would enjoy his time playing "Three Card Poker."
Samuel is survived by his two sons: Samuel J. Toney III and his wife, Pam Martinez, of California, and Richard Toney of Enfield, Conn.; five grandchildren: Samuel J. Toney IV and his wife Mary Ann of DuBois, Jonathan Toney and his wife Amy of Brockway, Amanda LaBec and her husband Denny of Pittsburgh, Jennifer Toney of Sharpsville and Richard (R. J.) Toney II of Erie; five great grandchildren: Jude, Anastasia, Isabella, Cole, and Owen. A sixth grandson, Samuel J. Toney V, preceded him in death. He was the last surviving child in his immediate family, and was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Henderson and four brothers: John, Ed, Larry, and LeRoy Toney.
Friends and family will be received at Christ the King Manor Chapel on Friday, March 10, 2017, from 9 a.m. until the hour of services.
A Memorial Mass will be held at Christ the King Manor Chapel on Friday, March 10, 2017, at 11 a.m. with Fr. Jeff Noble as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Catherine's Cemetery beside his loving wife, Emily. Military honors will be accorded at the cemetery by the DuBois Area Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to Christ the King Manor, 1100 W. Long Avenue, DuBois, PA 15801.
Online tributes may be made at www.bennettandhouser.com or www.mem.com.
Arrangements under the direction of Bennett & Houser Funeral Home, Clearfield, Pa.
Published in The Courier Express on Mar. 2, 2017
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