Haverhill — Reginald A. Toshach, Jr., 88, a lifelong resident of Haverhill, passed away at home on Monday, January 14, 2013.
Born in Haverhill on January 3, 1925, he was the son of Reginald and Bessie (Marston) Toshach and was a graduated of Haverhill High School, class of 1942. At 17, Reg enlisted in the Marine Corps to serve his country during World War II and was part of the heroic Sixth Marine Division that invaded Okinawa. He was appointed to the Haverhill Fire Department in 1950 and was recalled that same year to serve during the Korean Conflict.
Returning home, Reg joined the fire department and served with distinction for 31 years, rising to the rank of Deputy Fire Chief and Head of Fire Prevention. He was named Firefighter of the Year in 1980. He was a member of the Masonic Saggahew Lodge A.F. & A.M. and a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans.
Reg had many interests and led an active life. He was an accomplished carpenter and silversmith and loved gardening, skiing, fishing and ballroom dancing. He was deeply devoted to his family and loved and admired by many.
Reginald is predeceased by his wife of sixty years, Muriel (Shearer) Toshach who passed away in 2007. His survivors include a son, Cregg and his wife, Brenda of The Villages, Fla.; a daughter, Robin and her husband, Vincent Donovan of Haverhill; a brother, Robert Toshach of Haverhill; five grandchildren, Jason Toshach, Heather Beaudoin, Taylor Donovan, Laurie Reilly, David Parker; six great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and his special companion Carol Carifio.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family with burial in Hillside Cemetery, Haverhill. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Salem Animal Rescue League, 4 SARL Dr., Salem, NH 03079, the Disabled American Veterans Memorial Program, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements are by the H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Homes, Haverhill & Bradford. Condolences to his family may be made at www.farmerfuneralhomes.com.