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by     Eddie Winchester
- "I have fond memories of Walt. "

Walter Anthony Toffel 6/9/2015 Walter Anthony Toffel, of Warwick, passed away on June 9, 2015 at home. He was 77 years old. Born on November 17, 1937 in Sussex, New Jersey, he was the son of the late Stanley and Josephine (Bolzan) Toffel. He was married to Ellen (Graeber) Toffel. Walter served with the Marines from 1955-1957. He was a self-employed Agriculturist. A former Warwick volunteer fireman with Engine 3 and a former Boy Scout leader, he loved to hunt, fish, trap, and had a “green thumb” in his garden. He was a member of the Warwick United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Ellen of Warwick; his four daughters: Kim Toffel of Aloha, OR, Suzanne (Sue) Foster of Naples, FL, Karen Carr of Andover, NJ, and Amy Sliter of Warwick, NY; five grandchildren: Andrew, Thomas, Casey, Kylie and Patrick. He is also survived by three step-children: Deborah Smith, Kelly Daun and Kevin Reilly, and seven step-grandchildren; a sister, Alice Andryshak of Westtown and a brother, Stanley Toffel of Westtown; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Ann Arkel. Memorial visitation will be on Wednesday, June 17th, 3:00 pm-5:00 pm at Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 17 Oakland Ave., Warwick, followed by a service at 5:00 pm. Memorial donations may be made to Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry, 135 Forester Ave., Warwick, NY 10990, Parkinson’s Foundation, PO Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741, or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, 14th flr., NY, NY 10004. ... from Warwick obituary

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I have fond memories of Walt. Can remember Ash Morgan and me often giving him rapt attention in the WHS gym at noon hour as we ate our paper bag lunches and watched intramural basketball games playing out before us. On one particular day I recall Walt discussing the prowess of CYO basketball. Walt played CYO, likely for a parish team in Pine Island, but for some reason despite his height, muscularity, and excellent athleticism he didn’t play basketball for WHS. Walt was a star football player on the high school team. Nevertheless we listened intently. Walt was three years ahead of Ash and me and his worldly experience impressed us. What came through was a considerate tone and a kind manner, that despite age difference, allowed us to always think of Walt as a true friend. RIP Walter.

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