Walter Toner, 80, died June 1. He was a dedicated educator and teacher of mathematics to junior and high school students. Born and raised in Plattsburgh, N.Y., where he was a lifetime member of Plattsburgh Methodist Church, he lived and served the Plattsburgh area for most of his life. Mr. Toner graduated from the State University of New York, Plattsburgh, with a B.S. in Education, an M.S. in Education and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Administration and Supervision. Mr. Toner was a long-term and honorary member of the Chazy Volunteer Fire Department, served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1948 and was a 25-year member of the Board of Directors of the New York State branch of the American Lung Association. He was a Past Exalted Ruler and District Deputy Past Exalted Ruler of BPOE no. 621. After retiring from teaching, he opened an independent insurance agency. A Georgia resident since 1992, he was a member of the newly established Cottage Links at Corydell in Covington, a caring community for adults.
Survivng are wife of 58 years Dr. Barbara Toner; children Walter J. Toner III of Monticello, Deborah T. Foley of Newark Valley, N.Y., Sherrill Toner of Jackson; adopted son John H. Lumpkin of Atlanta; grandchildren Walter J. Toner IV of Dallas, Jamie J. Foley of Newark Valley; great-granddaughter Marcela Toner of Dallas; nephew Donald T. Toner of Burlington, Vt.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. June 2 in the Access Road chapel of Caldwell & Cowan with John H. Lumpkin and Janene Israel, M. Div., officiating. Jamie J. Foley served as eulogist. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial contributions to the Walter J. and Barbara F. Toner Memorial Fund for the Traumatic Brain Injury Center, c/o Plattsburgh College Foundation, 101 Broad St., Plattsburgh, NY 12901-2681.
The Covington News
June 4, 2008