William Herbert Patrick O’Toole, known as Bert to all who knew him, died February 22, 2022, surrounded by loved ones at his home in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He was 90 years old.
Bert was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia on July 11, 1931, to John Vernon “Buck” O’Toole and Dorothy Walker O’Toole. He was baptized into the Catholic Church and grew up in Fredericksburg, a city he loved so much that even during his recent battle with dementia, he could recognize the town’s homes and remember who had lived there. His favorite place to play as a kid was Alum Springs Park.
During his high school years, Bert attended James Monroe High School and Belmont Abbey, graduating from James Monroe. After graduating, he joined his brother John in operating O’Toole Tire Service, a business started by their father, Buck O’Toole.
Bert married his high school sweetheart from Spotsylvania, Hazel Peek. They had five children, eleven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. His faith was important to him, and he served many years at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, first as an altar boy, then as an usher, lector, and board member. He remained a faithful member all his life. All his family and friends appreciated his chivalry, his humble heart and his humor.
Bert served for ten years as a magistrate in Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County. He also worked for Cox & Johnson Insurance, ran a campaign for municipal office, and finished his years working in the hospitality industry at the Best Western and Hampton Inn in Fredericksburg.
Bert was known for his prowess on the sports field, playing high school football and basketball. His interest in football led him to become a member of the Northern Virginia Football Officials, and Bert later helped develop the Rappahannock Valley Football Association. He has officiated at numerous state championships in Virginia and Maryland.
His passion for golf began in his youth at Fredericksburg Country Club and led him to spend many hours on the course, hitting his second hole in one when he was 70 years old. Bert was a member of the Rod and Gun Club, where he once managed to score 50 consecutive shots in clay pigeon shooting. He was also an avid quail and dove hunter and enjoyed training his hunting dogs. In his later years, Bert tended his fish ponds and made wine to share.
Bert is survived by his wife of 70 years, Hazel Peek O’Toole, and their five children, Timothy (Susan) O’Toole, Gregory (Joy) O’Toole, Bryan O’Toole, Kathleen (Phillip) Atkins and Daniel (Elizabeth) O’Toole; grandchildren, Jennifer, Gavin, Avery, Colleen, Trevor (Danielle), Shaun (Holley), Ashley (Ben), Johnathan and Gabrielle O’Toole, MacKenzie Atkins (Darren) Pope and Will Atkins; and eleven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his nephew Kevin (Pam) O’Toole.
He was predeceased by his parents, John and Dorothy O’Toole, and his brother, John G. O’Toole.
The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Darryl Jones and the entire hospice team for the wonderful care they provided to their beloved husband and father.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, March 7, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church preceded by the Rosary at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow immediately at Oak Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Mary’s Shelter or Tunnel to Towers.
An online guestbook is available at www.foundandsons.com
Published by The Free Lance – Star on February 28, 2022.