Richard Raymond Toto

January 23, 1953 - January 20, 2021 Wilmington, Delaware | Age 67 Dedicated Husband, Loving Father and Grandfather

Richard Raymond Toto, “Richie” passed away on January 20, 2021 while surrounded by his loving family. Although he fought hard and continued to work until he was unable, Richie lost his battle with cancer at the age of 67. For all who knew him, Richie was a hard-working and selfless man. His family meant everything to him. They will miss his unconditional love and generosity.
Richie worked at Raymond Toto and Sons, a mushroom farming business that his father started when he came to the United States. He then went on to work at Shriver Construction Company where he operated heavy equipment for many years. Richie loved his work as a mushroom farmer and returned to that career to work at Guizzetti Mushroom Farms. Later on, he opened Rich Toto Top Soil Company, a business where he never took a day off and donated much of the soil.
Richie was a volunteer usher at St. John the Beloved Parish for many years. He was a member of the Pike Creek Bowling League and was a Softball coach at the Kennett Area Park and Recreation Center. Later in life, he developed an interest in playing the accordion. He began to collect accordions, most likely inspired by the fact that he inherited an antique accordion from his father. Richie then became a member of the Wilmington Accordion Club. Richie loved the beach and playing cards. Most of all, he loved being a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
Richie was born in Wilmington, Delaware to Helen Fieni and Raymond Toto. He was married for 48 years to Marcella Marshall Toto who predeceased him in 2019. His daughter Theresa Toto predeceased him in 2020. Richie is survived by two loving daughters; Rachael Quinn (Edward Quinn) of Lafayette Hill, PA and Rebecca Avello (Enrico Avello, Jr.) of Kennett Square, PA; two brothers, Raymond Toto, Jr. and Steven Toto and two sisters, Mary Jarrell and Lena Anderson. Also surviving are Richie’s grandchildren who were most dear to him; Casey Avello, Joseph Nicotra, Gabriella Loughery, Gillianna Loughery and Gocelyn Quinn.
Family and friends are invited to Mass of the Christian Burial at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church, 8910 Gap Newport Pike (Route 41), Avondale, PA, on Wednesday January 27th at 11AM. A viewing will be held at the church from 10-11AM. Interment service follows at St. Patrick Cemetery, Kennett Square.
Although visitation is open to all, there will not be a receiving line. We ask that you please respect social distancing at all times.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Penn Hospice 150 Monument Road, Ste. 300, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004 or Multiple Myeloma Foundation www.give.myeloma.org/site

Memorial Donations

Multiple Myeloma Foundation

www.give.myeloma.org

Penn Hospice

150 Monument Road Ste. 300
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

Services

Mass of Christian Burial

January 27, 2021 11AM St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church
8910 Gap Newport Pike (Route 41)
Avondale, PA 19311

Viewing

January 27, 2021 10AM - 11AM St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church
8910 Gap Newport Pike (Route 41)
Avondale, PA 19311

Guestbook

  1. Becky, Rachael & family, Your Dad was a very nice man. I am glad to have known him as a co-employee and a friend. He sure did love his girls and his grandchildren. You are all in my prayers and I know you have many good memories to hold onto. Take care.

    Becky Kirwin Tolmie | January 28, 2021 at 10:12 AM
  2. Although I didn’t meet Richie until later in life I immediately recognized him for his kindness and willingness to help out . Whenever I needed screened topsoil he made me feel like I was his best customer . A phone call was all it took for Richie to be there . He always had time for everyone else and would sacrifice his own to make sure other people had what they needed . There is a hole in my heart and Avondale lost a really good friend today . My condolences to his family for their loss but I hope you love and cherish Richie’s memories !

    Bill Coon | January 27, 2021 at 5:39 PM
  3. Rich and I were classmates some 50 years ago but he had recently started attending our monthly dinners, pre-Covid. It was so great getting reacquainted and laughing about the old days. He seemed to really enjoy it, as we all did. We had multiple conversations about our similar dealings with cancer and he was always very caring and supportive. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and I’m hoping that you’ll be comforted knowing he is at peace and pain free. We’ll miss him.

    Sincerely,
    Judy Woods

    Judy Woods Nowark | January 24, 2021 at 6:29 PM
  4. To the Toto family,
    The Delaware Accordion Club sends its condolences to the family. Richard enjoyed coming to our meetings and listening to accordion music and socializing with the members. He will be missed. May his memory be a blessing to all. Susan Shertok, President of the Delaware Accordion Club.

    susan shertok | January 24, 2021 at 11:50 AM

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