Thomas E. Toohig, 73, passed peacefully on May 23, 2018.
Son of Thomasine (nee Eustace) and Maurice "Du" Toohig (both deceased). Father of Kelly Turle (Mike), Kevin, Brian and Sean Toohig. Grandfather of Michael, Kaela and Emily Turle, Tanner, Jesse and Kassidy Toohig, Jessica and Grady Toohig, and Molly, Allie and Katie Toohig. Survived by the mother of his children, Casey Toohig. Brother of Mary Toohig, Joanne Bokovitz (Ed), Loretta Quinn (Ken), and Terry and Paul Toohig (both deceased).
Tom, a graduate of Cathedral Latin and John Carroll University, was most importantly a father, grandfather, and friend to many. He had a passion for basketball refereeing, which he excelled at for over 45 years at the high school and collegiate levels. He was so highly respected, he served as the local rules interpreter for over 22 years. Tom was known in the basketball community as a true professional who helped develop young officials, treated the game with the utmost respect, and brought a new level of professionalism to the world of officiating. He was an honored member of the Official's Hall of Fame.
He was kind and humble, but boastfully proud of his children, grandchildren, and friends. Tom would cheer you through the hard times, and stand by your side in times of need.
His wit drew people to him and his piercing candor made him unforgettable.
Dad, we love you and will miss you greatly. Grab your whistle, and keep us in the game. Until we meet again, Slainte!
Family and friends are invited to meet for a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial 10 am Wednesday May 30 at Our Lady of Hope Church, (400 Center Road, Bedford, Ohio).
In true Tom fashion, he would like to save you from the lines, and have you join his family for an Irish wake at the Winking Lizard (25380 Miles Road, Bedford, Ohio) following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family has established a memorial fund to remember the contributions and impact Tom Toohig made on the basketball officiating community and to continue to build on the passion he had. All funds will be used to create a memorial and a scholarship in his name.