Fr. Ray O'Toole

Born: Tue., Nov. 1, 1938
Died: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019

Funeral Mass

10:30 AM Sat., Jan. 12, 2019
Location: St. Joseph Church, Bras d'Or

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Rev. Raymond Leslie O’Toole
Alder Point

It is with heavy hearts that we announce Fr. Ray’s passing on Saturday, January 5, 2019, in hospital in Ontario after a brief illness.  Born in Alder Point on November 1, 1938, he was the son of Raymond and Mary Helen (Bonar) O’Toole.  
Fr. Ray attended Riverview High School and was a member of the Sea Cadets.  After graduating he moved to Scarborough, Ontario where he entered the Scarboro Missions novitiate in 1957, studied Philosophy and Theology at St. Augustine’s seminary (1958-64), and was ordained a missionary priest for Scarboro in August 1963 by Bishop William Power of Antigonish Diocese. Appointed in 1964 to Scarboro’s mission in Brazil, Ray served there until 1968, returning to Canada to study for his Licentiate in Theology, (St. Paul’s University Ottawa,) and later studies (1977-80) at University of St. Michael’s College (TST) Doctorate of Ministry degree.  In the early 70’s Ray served several years in Scarboro’s mission in St. Vincent, West Indies, then Scarboro’s Mission Information Dept., Justice and Peace Office and in 1985 as Director of Field Education at the Toronto School of Theology.
In 1988 Ray began a new mission, serving in Hong Kong, as Research Associate at the Holy Spirit Study Centre. In 1997 Ray was elected to a five-year term on Scarboro’s General Council, after which he returned to Hong Kong, to be appointed Secretary General to the Federation of Asian Bishops (FABC), a position he served until returning to Canada.
Through these years Fr. Ray returned to Alder Point whenever he was able.  His favorite thing to do while at home was to spend quality time with his sisters and brothers, catching up on family news and sharing his stories with them.  Fr. Ray was an important part of all of our lives and we will greatly miss his visits and phone calls. He will always be in our hearts.
   He is survived by his sisters Dean Power, Glace Bay, Florence McNeil and Shirley (Clyde) MacQuarrie, Alder Point; sisters-in-law Anne (O’Toole) Musgrave, North Sydney and Marjorie O’Toole, Pictou. He is also survived by brother-in-law Barry MacIntyre, Sydney Mines, many nieces, nephews and numerous cousins, and his close friend and cousin Reg Bonner.
Besides his parents, Ray was predeceased by his brothers Francis, Aussie, and Bobby, sister Lenore MacIntyre, brothers-in-law Allison Power and Earl McNeil and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial Mass was celebrated on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at 11 am at Presentation Manor, Toronto Ont.  The community of Scarboro Missions wishes to express our deepest gratitude for all the care extended to Ray in Hong Kong, by the Focolare community, St. Paul’s Hospital staff, and to the Jesuit community and staff in Pickering Ont.  May he rest in Peace, having served Christ and his mission faithfully to the end.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 12, 2019, at 10:30 am. in St. Joseph Church, Bras d ’Or, with Fr. John Lynch SFM and Fr. Peter McLeod officiating. A luncheon and social will follow in the Bras d’Or Hall.  
Fr. Ray’s final journey will take place under the support and guidance of J.M. Jobes Funeral Home.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Ray’s memory may be made to Scarboro Foreign Missionaries or a charity of your choice.  Words of comfort may be forwarded to his family at

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Heather LeBlanc
   Posted Wed January 09, 2019
So sorry to hear of Fr. Ray's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the O'Toole family. May he rest in peace.

Cam & Ethel Richard
   Posted Wed January 09, 2019
Sorry to hear of Father Ray's passing. He attended our wedding in Toronto in 1964. We think of him often and pray for him.

Madonna LE Blanc
   Posted Wed January 09, 2019
My deepest condolences to all of Father Raymond's family, thoughts & prayers are with you.

Claire and Gaston Aucoin
   Posted Wed January 09, 2019

We were sorry to hear of Father Ray's passing. We always enjoyed when we had a chance to have a chat with him when he was home . Deepest sympathies to his family and close friends. God Bless.

Don and Sandy Walker
   Posted Wed January 09, 2019
Our deepest condolences to the O’Toole family. It is with deep sadness when we read of Fr. Ray’s passing. Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. Don and Sandy Walker

Betty & Brad Graham
   Posted Thu January 10, 2019
So sorry to hear of Fr. Ray's passing. We were in the same class at school in Alder Point until I went to Holy Redeemer and he went to Riverview. We saw each other many times over the years in Alder Point and Ontario. He spent a lot of time at our home in Alder Point. Our condolences to the O'Toole family. A very good Priest and we are all proud to have known him. Betty & Brad Graham

Fr. Bedford Doucette
   Posted Thu January 10, 2019
Dear Family and Friends
I reads with sadness the news that Fr. Ray had died. I join your many relatives and friends in expressing sentiments of condolences and sympathies, care and concern, friendship and prayer. I have only happy memories of Fr. Ray when I would see him. He had many friends among the priests of our diocese. We are grateful for the tremendous contribution he made to the mission of the Church. God rest him.
Prayer for you all.
Fr. Bedford

Fr. Bill Crispo
   Posted Fri January 11, 2019
Florence and O"Toole family,
So sorry to hear off the rather sudden passing of Fr. Ray. We go back a long way, to my time in Bras d"Or, but we always stayed in touch a bit. I was to his 50th anniversary, and we had a great chat. He did a lot of good work over his life time, and was well-loved and respected by his fellow priests. I am sorry I cannot attend the funeral. I am filling in near Antigonish this weekend.
My condolences and prayers.
Fr. Bill Crispo

Justin Lam
   Posted Fri January 11, 2019
Dear family and friends,

It was very sad to learn this when I first woke up on my Sunday morning (i.e. evening of 5 Jan (EST)) before heading to Church.

I first met Fr. Ray in Hong Kong back in 2000 when I was the altar server at St. Margaret’s Church, Hong Kong. Although he only resided in St. Margaret for less than a year, I continued to stay in touch with him thereafter.

1 thought I were able to meet you again when dropping by Toronto in Feb 2019. Unfortunately, 11 September 2018 was my last time to meet him and say goodbye to him before returning to Canada for further treatment.

Fr. Ray was a great priest and did learnt a lot from him.

Fr. Ray, you will always be remembered.

My condolences and prayers,

Justin Lam

Jenny Gray
   Posted Fri January 11, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Fr. Raymond O'Toole for their loss. Praying that your memories will bring you peace and comfort. I (Jenny) had the great honor and pleasure of being at Fr. Ray's 50th celebration of his ordination into the priesthood. It was the most unforgettable occasion, which he well deserved for all his lovingly dedicated years of serving God's people on this earth. He is now on a new journey with our Lord and Savior in his heavenly kingdom.
God be with you all from, John H Boutilier's daughters

Jenny Gray, Beverly Davidson, and Sylvia Campbell living in Guelph Ontario.

Melvin(Dewey),Agnes Pearo& Family,Alder Point,C.B.
   Posted Fri January 11, 2019
Dear Florence,Shirley & Dean..& Familys,,,Our Deepest Sympathy in the Passing of Fr.ray,,you will greatly miss him. .. A old school friend from years ago in Alder Point School ,,remembering the good old days R.I.P. Fr.Ray.

Margie and Bill Delaney
   Posted Fri January 11, 2019
To the O'Toole Family - we were very sorry to hear from Marjorie that Father Ray had passed away. My Mom and Dad enjoyed so many visits from your family thru the years. In August 06 we had a gathering in Judique with the Nicholsons and your family and we were very honored that Father Ray said Mass at Mom's table. She was so proud of all he accomplished in his life. We are very sad for all the losses you have endeavoured throughout the years within your family. They all will be missed.
Love and prayers cousin Margie and Bill, Dartmouth.

William Muise
   Posted Sat January 12, 2019
Our hearts are saddened by the loss of Father Ray. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Gail Muise and Family

Frances and Paul Martin
   Posted Sat January 12, 2019
Sorry to hear of Father Ray's passing. His work on earth is done and now in the loving arms of our dear Lord and savior. He left behind a fine legacy, one to be proud off. Our thoughts & prayers to all the families. Rip Father Ray. Sincerely Frances & Paul.

Jim and Joyce Paquet of Alder Point
   Posted Mon January 14, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you during this sad and difficult time.73

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