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John James O'Toole

January 15, 1946 ~ December 6, 2020 (age 74)


John James O’Toole of White Sulphur Springs, NY, passed away Sunday, December 6, 2020 at his home surrounded by family and friends.  He was 74 years old. 

The son of the late Thomas and Clara O’Toole, he was born January 15, 1946 in Bronx, NY.

Surviving family include his wife, Joan O’Toole; his daughter, Colleen O’Toole- Barber and her husband Michael Barber; and his son and daughter-in-law, Thomas O’Toole and Jennifer Kusznir; and five grandchildren, Elsbeth, Chloe, Kyra, Henry, and Lucia.  He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Christine O’Toole; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, James and Roseann Raggi; lifelong friends, Ronald and Ronnie Hodgens; and many nieces and nephews.

John was a communicant of St. Francis Church in Youngsville, NY.  Despite an almost forty-year battle with a degenerative motor neuron disease, John remained committed to his family and community.  The founder of O’Toole’s Harley Davidson in Wurtsboro, NY, John led a successful Harley Davidson dealership for 37 years before retiring in 2008.  He was passionate about treating people with integrity and respect—values that will carry on through all those whose lives he touched.  Through the Toys for Tots Program, John led efforts to benefit children at local Head Start programs, as well as the Cerebral Palsy Center.  He was a deeply kind, generous, and humble person who will continue to inspire for generations.  Special thanks to the White Sulphur Springs Fire Department for their care during John’s passing.    

Visitation will be Thursday, December 10, 2020 from 4-7 PM in the Harris Funeral Home, West St. at Buckley, Liberty, NY.  Social distancing guidelines must be met, a limited number of people at one time will be allowed in the funeral home, facemasks are required.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated Friday, December 11, 2020 at 11 AM in St. Francis Roman Catholic Church, Youngsville, NY.  Father Ignatius Vu will officiate.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Youngsville, NY.

Memorial contributions in John’s name may be made to St. Francis Roman Catholic Church, PO Box 672, Jeffersonville, NY 12748.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Harris Funeral Home, West St. at Buckley, Liberty, NY.  845-439-5200 or 845-292-0001

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December 10, 2020

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Harris Funeral Home
West Street at Buckley
Liberty, NY 12754

Mass of Christian Burial
December 11, 2020

11:00 AM
St. Francis Roman Catholic Church (Youngsville, NY)

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