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252 Regent St.
Sudbury, ON P3C 4C8
Phone: (705) 673-9591
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H. Richard Toivonen

H. Richard Toivonen

Thursday, October 5th, 1939 - Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021
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In loving memory of H. Richard Toivonen, Wednesday, March 3, 2021, peacefully at St. Joseph’s Villa, Sudbury, ON, in his 82nd year. Richard was the son of the late Harry and Sarah Toivonen. Loving and devoted husband to his bride, Helen Angelina Toivonen (Berta), predeceased. Proud father of Ilona Toivonen (Patrick), and Dianne Buskard (Tyler). Cherished grandfather of David, Taryn, Easton, and Chrisanne. Dear brother of Diane Wadel (Ken) and uncle to Cindy Newman (George).

Richard will be remembered for his quest to master his passions, often receiving awards and accolades for his efforts. He was an accomplished educator, musician, gardener, winemaker, photographer, and master finishing carpenter. His trademark infectious smile perfectly matched his hearty laughter and quick-witted sense of humour. As a life-long resident of Sudbury and a high school teacher, Richard was well-known in the community. A natural leader, there was never a time in Richard‘s life when he wasn’t involved in a production or performance, project or pastime. Rarely one to be behind the scenes, Richard was often running the show. Despite these accomplishments, Richard’s self-professed proudest accomplishment in life was his family. He took no greater pleasure than to bring family and particularly his grandchildren on adventures around the world.

Memorial donations may be made toward The Richard and Helen Toivonen Memorial Bursary Fund. A celebration of life will be held when we can gather safely. Always known as a generous man, Richard has chosen to share his final resting place with his parents Harry and Sarah, at Parklawn Cemetery in Sudbury, and with his wife Helen at Riverview Cemetery in Wallaceburg. Arrangements entrusted to the Lougheed Funeral Home,
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Charlotte Leonard

Posted at 10:25am
Dick was a much liked and admired musical colleague to so many of us over the years, and for me in his contributions to the Northern Brass Choir. I remember a particular Christmas concert we did with the Sudbury Symphony and Dick played this beautiful solo on fluegelhorn. He was always wise, helpful and cheerful. He and I had many conversations over the years, but the one I remember best is when he came over to get some of my hollyhock seeds - they would grow for me, but not for him! I also know that many of his students over the years appreciated his tutoring and advice. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. To Dick's family, please accept my sincerest condolences.

Liz & Steve Bujaki

Posted at 10:36am
May the legacy of H. Richard Toivonen live on in the hearts of others whose lives he has impacted through his dedication and many contributions.
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Liz Bujaki

Posted at 10:29am
Our deepest condolences to you Ilona and your family. May the many wonderful memories of your father live on in your heart and bring much comfort and peace. From this beautifully written tribute, it is obvious that your father had a zest for life and will leave a beautiful legacy behind.

Sending all our love and prayers,
Liz & Steve Bujaki

Brigitte Sarte-Dance

Posted at 05:58pm
Our deepest condolences to you Dianne,Tyler and family.
Such a beautifully written tribute that captures a vivacious man and well-lived life! It is said that the ancient Greeks asked, when someone died, if "he//she had passion". It sure sounds like your father had this in abundance. I wished I could have met him.
You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
For us Dances here in Manotick :
Including Scott, Stephanie and Angel Cara

Heather Doran Spark

Posted at 02:01pm
My condolences to Richard 's girls . Your father was a very gifted man as well as your Mother. Your Dad had many gifts in life and much "Sisu" . Wonderful sense of humour which made him such a good teacher and colleague. God bless, Heather Doran Spark.

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