Your Life Moments
O’TOOLE, Lawrence J. (Larry) Peacefully in Queensway Carleton Hospital, January 9th 2018, ending an uncomfortable 3 months with various respiratory and blood ailments. Beloved husband of 60 years, best friend and frequent flying partner to Jean (nee McCadden). Father of David (Julie), Catherine (Ian), John (Elaine Gardner) and Chris (Wendy), former father in law of Elaine Gardner. Grandfather of 7. Predeceased by his parents Vincent and Mary O’Toole of Peterborough and by brothers Michael and Patrick. Survived by sister Anna Marie Sherlock (Al) and sisters in law Sandra O’Toole (Patrick) and Maura Bolger (Bill) and many nieces and nephews. Born on a farm in Otonabee, Ontario in 1930, Dad had no intention of staying on the farm, although he cherished those memories and wrote about them in his final years. He wanted to be a businessman and in the end he was one businessman who could hold his head high, having never deliberately mislead or been cruel to anyone he had dealings with. After graduating from St. Mike’s in 1952 (and a brief sojourn into the ice cream business) Dad went to work for Industrial Acceptance Corporation, opening multiple branches in Southern Ontario and meeting Mom in the processthey married in 1957. Realizing that he was not reaching his full potential, and with $1500 in the bank, in 1963 Dad and Mom moved to London so that Dad could get his MBA at Western. He always said “WE got the MBA” because Mom was a full partner in its acquisition allowing Dad time away to study and make a few bucks as a TA, as well as doing all the typing for all his essays and reports, while at the same time handling 4 kids under 5 no small feat. It truly was a partnership. The effort paid off when Dad was hired into a senior role by Woods, Gordon and Associates in 1965. In 1968 while on an assignment to External Affairs in Ottawa, Dad was lured away from the private sector and into the public sector. He was hired as Assistant Undersecretary of State at External Affairs and moved the whole clan to Kanata in January 1968. He worked at External until 1977 and then moved to Treasury Board from 77 82. He then worked on projects like the Federal Privatization Initiative and the FEDC program until being appointed Deputy Minister of Public Works in 1990. Dad retired from the Public Service in 1992 and went to work for the OECD in Paris, France. He followed that with years of consulting to the OECD and The World Bank. He only really stopped working at age 83 (2013) when he closed his office on Holland Avenue in Ottawa. Dad was a quiet, steady and compassionate person. He cared deeply for his family and for his cherished friends to whom he was known as honest and forthright and above all, a really good listener. He was a voracious reader but he took his greatest joy (and frankly his bewilderment) at the diversity of his 4 children all distinctly different and each so interesting in the eyes of he and Mom. He will be missed, but his lessons and values are safely ensconced in his children and grandchildren. If, as St. Augustine said, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” then, Dear Dad, you were a scholar. The family would like to thank the generous and supportive staff at QCH Dad felt secure in your care and had nothing but respect and admiration for the physicians, nurses and staff who cared for him. Cremation has taken place. At Dad’s request, a family (only) mass will be held at St. Isidore’s Church, 1135 March Road, South March, at 2pm on January 19th. For colleagues, co workers and friends, a celebration of Dad’s life will take place in spring.13243404 to Jean and family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
To Jean and Family My sincere condolences to you Jean and your family. Just to clarify my maiden name was Lynett; Jim and Ella(Lynch) were my parents. My family spent so many happy times at the O’Toole Farm. This is a difficult loss for you and your children. My family and I know as my husband, their Father passed in 2006 at the age of 62. A passage that I have read states:’God gave us memories that we might have roses in December’