1926 - 2021
Obituary of Teresa Toohey
TOOHEY, Teresa Mary -
peacefully, after a battle with dementia, surrounded by her four sons at the age of 94, Teresa passed away on February 3, 2021 in the comfort of her home she shared with son Terence.
Teresa is survived by her children Robert "Bob" Toohey, Michael and Michelle (nee Hannah) Toohey, Shawn Toohey and Terence Toohey. She was pre-deceased by her husband Robert "Bob" Toohey in 1993 and her daughter Noreen in 2005 and by her 8 siblings (Jim, Lawrence, Patrick, Bernard, Eunice, Joe, Con and Mary) and her parents Patrick and Margaret (nee Maney) Connolly . She will be greatly missed by her 7 grandchildren - Andrew, Patrick, Mark, Gregory, Lisa, Caitrin and Rebecca - and 12 great grandchildren - Rosali, Aaron, James, Carter, Adrienne, Hazel, Amilia, Alaina, Ezra, Henry, Isabella and Annabelle.
Teresa grew up "in the north". She was born in Haileybury on December 20, 1926. The family moved to Kirkland Lake, which became home for many years. After marriage, and the birth of sons Bob and Mike, the family moved to Elliot Lake for work in the mining industry. Noreen was born in Blind River - Elliot Lake didn't have a hospital at that time. The mines which they worked at closed in 1963, so Teresa and Bob moved south to Essex County, living near or in the town of Essex from that period forward. Shawn and Terence were added to the family after the move to Essex County. The children have fond memories of life growing up in the small hamlet of Gesto - we had all we needed and nothing we didn't need.
Shortly after Bob's passing in 1993, Terence decided to return home to live with Mom - providing care and friendship for over 25 years. They were inseparable - enjoying a love for gardening, vacationing and visiting family and friends (including a number of trips to the Waterloo area and back to "the north"). During this time was a "trip of a lifetime" to Ireland in 1996 to check on how the Toohey clan on that side of the pond was doing. This was a special memory Terence and mom experienced.
Teresa had the heart of a servant. She emulated what the apostle Paul wrote to the Christians in Philippi (Phil. 2: 3 - 5, NLT):Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
Her devotion to God and family combined with her commitment to service was exemplary. She portrayed in her life choices the heart of God. She will be missed by all who knew her. She was a faithful member of the Holy Name of Jesus church in Essex, ON.
Special thanks to the Windsor Regional Hospital Metropolitan Campus, 7th floor north staff, Windsor/Essex Health Care professionals especially the Erie St. Clair LHIN, Bayshore Home Health and the VON.
Arrangements were entrusted to Reid Funeral Home, 87 Maidstone Ave. E., Essex (519-776-4233).
Donations instead of flowers can be made to Holy Name of Jesus Catholic church in Essex ON
Central Essex County Catholic Family of Parishes
146 Talbot St. S.
Essex, ON N8M 1B4
Family and friends may share their memories online at www.reidfuneralhome.ca