Alfred Raymond Toone
September 5, 1935 – March 2, 2015
Alfred Raymond Toone, age 79, of Tracy’s Landing, MD passed away March 2, 2015 at his residence. He was born September 5, 1935 in Washington D.C. to Raymond Franklin and Mildred Elizabeth (Caton) Toone. Al was a 1953 graduate of Bell Vocational & Technical Institute and went on to serve a four year apprenticeship with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local 1694. He went to work for W.T. Gallagher in Georgetown. In the early 1960’s Al founded T & W Woodworking, an architectural millwork company, with a partner, Robert Williams for many years. His craftsmanship can be seen in churches, museums, restaurants and government office buildings throughout Washington, DC and Maryland. In 1976, his company created a special outside exhibit at the National Arboretum displaying the Bonsai Trees gifted to the United States from Japan. He operated the company until retiring in 2011.
Alfred joined the Glen Echo Volunteer Fire Department as a teenager and remained an active member for 35 years. He was also an assistant Scout Master of Troop #61 in DC. Various outings with the scouts allowed him to cover all 181 miles of the C & O Canal and experiences at Camp Goshen provided fond memories for him as well as the scouts. Al had an extensive collection of toy trains and made many friends through this hobby. Alfred could be found most Sunday mornings in the kitchen creating his delicious pecan waffles for the family.
Al was a devoted husband, father, stepfather and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Robert Toone and son Lawrence Toone.
Surviving are his wife Claudia Toone of Tracy’s Landing; children Alfred R. Toone, Jr. and his wife Marilyn of Waldorf, Linda Toone of Thurmont, Andrew Toone and his wife Denise of Silver Spring, Laurine Toone of Silver Spring, Nanette Weber and her husband Peter of Silver Spring, Gregory Tomas and his wife Melissa of Niles, MI and Eric Tomas of Torrington, CT; thirteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren; and a brother Franklin Toone and his wife Sharon of Kent Island, MD. Also surviving is his constant canine companion Dixie.
Saturday, March 14, 2015