Anthony Regis Toomey 1938 – 2024

Written by Estero Bay News

February 1, 2024

Anthony Regis Toomey, born on January 27, 1938, peacefully passed away at home on January 9, 2024, surrounded by the love of his life, his wife Irene “Rene” Toomey. Anthony, known affectionately as Tony, leaves behind a legacy of love, dedication, and a life well-lived.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, to Clara and Patrick Toomey, Tony grew up with his older siblings, Robert and Joan. Tony moved to California in his early 20s but remained deeply connected to his East Coast family.

In his 86 years of life, Tony forged a beautiful journey. He was a devoted husband, celebrating 50 years of marriage with his beloved Rene. Their union was blessed with a son, Matthew Toomey, who, along with his daughter-in-law Rebecca, brought joy and fulfillment to Tony’s life. The Toomey family expanded further with the addition of grandchildren Owen, Raquel, and Camilla, whom Tony adored.

Tony dedicated a significant portion of his professional life to serving his community. He worked tirelessly for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for 25 years, where he eventually retired as a homicide detective. His commitment to justice and the well-being of others was unwavering.

After his distinguished career in law enforcement, Tony embarked on a second chapter as a college professor upon moving to the Central Coast in 1989. Sharing his knowledge and experiences, he inspired countless students, leaving an indelible mark on their lives.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Tony was a true family man and a loyal friend. He found joy in simple pleasures, particularly spending time with friends and cheering on his favorite sports teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He also took up golf in his 30s and was an avid golfer for nearly 40 years. 

As a father, Tony was unparalleled. Whether playing catch in the backyard, assisting with homework, or offering fatherly advice, he was a constant pillar of support and love. His presence enriched the lives of his family, and his guidance will be sorely missed.

Known for his generosity and willingness to help others, Tony’s legacy extends far beyond his professional and personal achievements. His warm heart and genuine kindness touched the lives of many.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to Wilshire Hospice of San Luis Obispo, a cause close to the Toomey family. As we say our goodbyes, let us remember Anthony Regis Toomey for the love he shared, the lives he touched, and the lasting impact he leaves behind. He will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

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