As a kid, Tom Toy ignored the odds by defeating the illness that doctors said would paralyze him for the rest of his life.
His family returned the blessings he felt he had received for the rest of his year and said he had given back.
At the age of 13, the toy was diagnosed with polio and placed in an iron lung. The doctor, who was paralyzed below his neck, told his parents that he would never walk again, his family said.
However, within a year the toys have recovered. He then became a maritime attorney, four fathers, and a philanthropist at the Rockville Center, where he lived for 31 years.
“He felt very fortunate because he was able to function, work in the city, get on the train, and do it all,” said his 55-year-old wife, Oceanside. Pam Toy said. “When he was young, he coached the kids football team and ran around the neighborhood trying to stay healthy.”
The toy died on October 14th at his home on the oceanside after a brief fight against pancreatic cancer, his family said. He was 83 years old.
“He was a big-hearted person,” said Manhattan’s brother Christopher Toy, 69. “He wasn’t a bully. Many older brothers do. He played with us at our level.”
Neck surgery and post-polio syndrome limited toys to wheelchairs for the last 15 years of his life, but he continued to help his family and those in need.
“I got married in 2010 and he drove a car [with] “I was able to get up in the middle of the aisle, walk to my husband and wave my hand,” said Margaret Goodwin, 41, an oceanside daughter. He was always a fighter. “
Born September 27, 1937 in Manhattan, the toy was the oldest of the four children. He lived in Oyster Bay, Manhattan, and New Jersey for part of his childhood and attended Hill School, a boarding school in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.
Toys worked full-time at a department store in New Jersey and attended Seton Hall University. There he earned a bachelor’s degree in English and was vice president of his companion, Five Beta Sigma. He then earned a law degree from St. John’s University.
While in college, Toy gained lieutenant status as an Army reserve officer, but his family said he had never participated in active combat due to a childhood seizure with polio.
After serving as a clerk at the Maritime Law Firm Hill Rivkins & Hayden LLP at Law School, Toy was offered a job and spent most of his 35+ year career at 90 West St in Manhattan. I worked at an office in. World Trade Center.
On September 11, when the tower was attacked, the toys were on the subway to work. According to his family, the subway was bypassed and he did not reach the office.
Toys were devout Catholics who always wanted to give back to the community. He and his wife taught Prekana, a Catholic marriage training, for 20 years at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Center. After his daughter Betsy Toy Showerer died of leukemia in 1993, Toy was deeply involved in St. Agnes’ blood drive and eventually did it with his wife. He also shaved his head many times for the St. Baldric Foundation, which is raising funds for childhood cancer research.
“He was a very devoted man and wanted to give him as much time as possible to help others,” said Robert Toy, 53, son of Valley Stream.
The toy is also a member of the Knights of Columbus and achieved four knightly ranks in 2015.
A toy who coached the Rockville Center Soccer Club in the late 1970s and early 1980s and joined the committee, loved trains and remembered all routes and timetables for the LIRR and New York City subway systems. .. According to his family, his hobby was making model railroad layouts, and he was busy with his grandchildren for hours.
Toys by wife, daughter, son, brother, as well as son Tom Toy Jr. and wife Oceanside Jill, Valley Stream daughter-in-law Josephine Toy, Oceanside son-in-law Craig, brother I’m alive. Peter Toy and sister Bonnie Audrain, both Georgia, and six grandchildren. He died by his daughter Betsy Toy Showerer and his granddaughter Emma Meab Goodwin.
According to his family, the toys were buried in the Hollyood Cemetery in Westbury.