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Donald K. Toy

Born: Thu., Mar. 27, 1947
Died: Sat., Jan. 7, 2012

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Donald K. Toy, 64, of Buffalo Twp., passed away at 1:22 am, Saturday, January 7th, peacefully, at Alle-Kiski Medical Center in Natrona Heights. Don was born in Natrona Heights on March 27, 1947, a son of the late Dorothy M. (Harvey) and Kenneth W. Toy. Don graduated from Freeport High School in 1965 where he was on the basketball and baseball teams. He went on to Westminster College where he played on the baseball team. He was a member of the Alpha Nu Chapter of the Alpha Sigma Phi national fraternity and graduated in 1969. After he graduated from college he enlisted in the US Army and served during the Vietnam War. Don worked as a branch Manager at the Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. in Pittsburgh for over 30 years and retired in 2006.
Don was an avid hunter and outdoors man. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, watching the Steelers, Penguins and Pitt basketball. He had a great sense of humor and was always pulling jokes on his friends and family. Don was a beloved father and family man. He was a long time member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Sarver.
He is survived by 3 daughters Heather (Peter) Ernharth, of Mt. Lebanon, PA. Jessica (Rory) Laverty, of Wilmington, NC and Melissa (Chase) Brant, of Freeport. His brother Francis "Bus" (Joanne) Toy, of Buffalo Twp. His 2 sisters Shirley (Roy) Greenawalt, of Saxonburg and Nancy Stover, of Buffalo Twp. Granddaughter, Lila Grace Laverty and the mother of his 3 daughters, Virginia L. (Mitchell) Toy. He is also survived by his faithful friend, Oliver the dog. He is preceded in death by his sister, Joanne Toy in 1991. Sister in law Janet R. Toy in 1985 and his brother in law F. Larry Stover in 2008.
Family and friends are being received on Tuesday January 10th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the Redmond Funeral Home Inc. 524 High St. Freeport.
A funeral service will be held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church on Sarver Rd. in Sarver at 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 11th, with Rev. Emery L. Barnett officiating.
Burial will be held at Sarverville Cemetery Sarver, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to;
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society 333 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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Pat Redmond

I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing. I worked with him for a number of years at Wm. H. McGee and Co. and Fireman's Fund. He was always a gentleman and I have many good memories of Don. May he rest in God's Eternal Peace.

Rosemary Gomez

My deepest condolences to the Toy Family.Don and I go back to the McGee and Firemans Fund Days .He was a wonderful man who touched many people with his wit and knowlege of the Insurance Business.He will ne missed.

Dick Scherder

Sorry to see Don pass - he was a good man.

Ernie Deutsch

One of the really good guys. My sympathies go out to his family. May he rest in Eternal Peace.

Lisa Dietz

Toy Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Don was a wonderful man. It was a pleasure working with him at Fireman's Fund and getting to know him. He will be greatly missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless

Lisa Dietz

Toy Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Don was a wonderful man. I had the pleasure of working with him at Fireman's Fund and getting to know him. He will be greatly missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless

Bruce Williamson

I was saddened to hear of Don's passing. It was an honor to have known Don, we worked together at Fireman's Fund and Wm. H. McGee and Co. for 25 years and while I was in Dallas and he was in Pittsburg I got to know him pretty well by virtue of annual manager's meetings and our trip to Bermuda back in the late 80's. Don had a wonderful sense of humor and always entertained us at the after hours gatherings at our meetings. He was a friend to all and I was always impressed by his positive attitude. My thougths and prayers are with Don's family.


To the Toy sisters and their family,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I wish I could be there to give you all hugs. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I know how much your father meant to you. May you find peace in his passing and may his memory be carried with you, always.

So much love, sisters.


John M. Evans

Ginny and family, working with and being friends with Don for many years I am sorry to hear this sad news. Hoepfully we can think back to the many good and funny memories we have of Don. My deepest condolences during this difficult time. Sincerely, John Evans

Ken Zeman

I have known Don on a professional basis for many years and always found him to be an honest and straight-forward man. His family has my deepest condolences in the loss of a fine man. With sympathy, Ken Zeman

Samantha and Jeff Bower

Heather, Melissa and Jessie:

We are so sorry to hear of your father's passing. We know that he was a wonderful man and we hope that you lean on each other during this difficult time. You will be in our prayers. - Samantha and Jeff

Nancy and Jim Miller

We are thinking about you and sending you big hugs. Much love. Nancy and Jim

Bill Walsh

dear don the good lord has unburdened you from your suffering. we will all miss your kind and gentle ways found in very few human beings. while you are at peace those of us that must continue on in this life will always miss you very much. your fellow associate but more imporamtly friend .

Liz Hazelet

So very sorry to hear of your Fathers passing, Melissa. I pray that God will comfort you and your sisters and you will have the assurance that he is at peace and with his God.

Dennis and Amy McLaughlin and family

I will never forget Uncle Don's kindess to me as I was growing up. He always had a kind word, and always made me laugh. Our family hopes that you are happy and in a better place Uncle Don. I love you!

Wendy Olszewski

Missy...Jess..and Heather...So sorry about your Dad's passing...We know there is a better place...I know by reading what others have said about your Dad....what a wonderful man he was..God just needed another Angel...He ended his work here...leaving us here on earth with his best work....you three girls.....Love and sympathy....Wendy

Diane Chaffer-Brodie

I was saddened to hear of Don's passing. Many good memories and laughter shared with him in the McGee days. His fight is over his battle done. May he rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

Larry and Jean Renshaw

Our deepest condolences to the Toy family. Don and I were very good friends in high school and he will be missed by everyone.

Mike Fogarty

I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing. I worked with him at Wm. H. McGee back in the mid-late '80's. My first job out of college and even though I was just a trainee in the N.Y. home office learning the business, Don not only treated me with repsect, but taught me a great many things through the almost 5 years we worked together. His knowledge and professionalism was only surpassed by his sense of humor - so many things I can still look back on and laugh about today. It was a pleasure working with him and knowing him. My deepest sympathy to the entire family on the loss of a great man.


Heather, Missy, and Jess I'm so sorry I cannot be there in person to tell you what a great man your father was and how much he meant to me growing up. Your home was my refuge during my high school and college years. I always felt welcomed and safe there and thanks to your dad I ate a lot of home cooked meals with lots of grilled meat. Seriously, the man liked his beef.

To me your father was someone who I looked up to as all of us did. It was no surprise when all three of you followed in his footsteps by attending Westminster College or that your friends, including me called him "D." I will never forget how he would quietly chuckle to himself while watching and listening to his daughters. His girls could always put a smile on his face and I know he was very proud of the beautiful and unique women you all turned out to be. He will be sorely missed.

Please know Will and I are thinking about you during this difficult time and that you have our deepest sympathies. Love you D!

Kristie Zimmerman

Take comfort in knowing your loved one you lost is no longer in pain and is looking down on you, wishing they could lift this heavy weight off of your shoulders. Sending my deepest sympathies, thinking of you.

James W. Livingston

To the Toy family , I am so sorry for your loss. Don was a great friend and was a real gentleman. He will be missed by all. On behalf of the class of 1965 Don rest in peace and may GOD BLESS you my friend

The Otterman's

Our sympathy is extended to the Toy Family. Buzz--You did more for your Brother than anyone will ever know. Thats what Brothers do! We at he Firehall enjoyed his fellowship and his friendship, and we hope the card games helped. Rest In Peace Don--you now have the winning Hand!

Glenna Barr Yellenik

Very sorry to hear of Don's passing. I knew him when we were so young in the late 60's -

early 70'. I loved joking and kidding around with him - he had a great sense of humour. My condolences to all of his family.

Ray and Barbara Kallner

We are so very saddened to learn about the passing of Don Toy. Remembering this "gentle-man" with smiles, and praying for his family.

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