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Gilbert Alfred Toon

March 5, 1942 ~ October 24, 2021 (age 79)


Gilbert Alfred Toon of Pittsboro died Sunday, October 24, 2021, at UNC Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

His family emigrated from England coming to the United States to work in the textile industry.

He was born in Monmouth County New Jersey and lived most of his life there before moving to his new home in North Carolina.

He was a proud member of the United States Air Force and was a member of the American Legion Post 0292 in Goldston, North Carolina.

He graduated from Trenton State College in New Jersey. He had a variety of careers before finding his true calling as an educator with the Monmouth County Vocational School District.

He was predeceased by his parents John Toon and Hazel Sherwood, his first wife Kay Henshy, his brother Jack Toon, his sister Shirley Fary and brother-in-law John Fary, and brother-in-law Henry F. Labrecque Jr.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years Phyllis Toon, his sister Diann Mellott, sister-in-law Effie Labrecque, brother-in-law Richard Labrecque and his wife Sharon, many nieces and nephews, many dear friends, his dog Shug, and many grand nieces and grand nephews.

The family will receive friends and family on Friday November 5, 2021, at 11:45-12:45 with a memorial service to follow at 1:00 at Donaldson Funeral Home 396 West Street Pittsboro North Carolina.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made in Gilbert’s memory to Piedmont Land Conservancy PO Box 4025 Greensboro North Carolina 27404-4025 or Second Chance Pet Adoptions 6003 Chapel Hill Road Suite 133 Raleigh North Carolina 27607 or a charity of your choice.

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November 5, 2021

11:45 AM to 12:45 PM
Donaldson Funeral Home & Crematory Griffin Chapel
396 West St.
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Memorial Service
November 5, 2021

1:00 PM
Donaldson Funeral Home & Crematory Griffin Chapel
396 West St.
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Video is available for this event


Second Chance Pet Adoption
6003 Chapel Hill Road Suite 133, Raleigh NC 27607
Tel: 1-919-851-8404

Piedmont Land Conservancy
P.O. Box 4025, Greensboro NC 27404-4025
Tel: 1-336-691-0088

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