William G. Toogood
November 7, 1929 - July 15, 2016
William G Toogood passed away peacefully July 15, 2016 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.
Bill was born in Southampton, England November 7, 1929. As a young teen, he witnessed a German Messerschmitt being shot down by the Royal Air Force (R.A.F.) He later joined the R.A.F. when he came of age. It was there that he met Betty Ellen Carter at a dance for injured soldiers. They spent 65 wonderful years together.
Dad considered himself very fortunate to have such a special and beautiful lady as his wife. Betty passed away July 28, 2015. Dad made it another 11 months and two weeks without her.
In 1948, Bill and Betty emigrated to the United States. Bill joined the U.S. Air Force and the young couple was stationed in Biloxi, Miss.
Bill then served a three-year apprenticeship in New Haven, Conn. to become a photo engraver. He commuted a great distance each day so his young family could enjoy life on a small farm in the Connecticut countryside.
In 1969, Bill got a job as a photo engraver for the San Diego Union Tribune and the family settled in Coronado shortly before the bridge was completed. Dad worked for the paper until his retirement.
Bill was a hard-working family man. He was politically progressive and wrote frequent letters to the editor. In 1967, he took his two oldest children to the largest peace march that was ever held in Washington, D.C.
Dad claimed he inherited gypsy blood from his Mom. This might explain his wanderlust. He was well-traveled in North America, Europe, and New Zealand. This past year he dreamed of taking a freighter through the Panama Canal to Hong Kong.
Bill will be best remembered as being a great Dad. He was a giving man who would do anything for his kids. He always put others first.
Bill was a master Scrabble player and a true wordsmith. He excelled at Jeopardy and had a broad range of knowledge in many fields. He was quick to laugh and dance and was polite and gracious to all. He will be sorely missed.
Bill is survived by his daughter, Deborah of Piedmont, Calif.; and sons, Peter of Ashland, Ore., William of Portland, Ore., and Christopher of Coronado, Calif.; daughters-in-law, Karen, Susan, and Kate; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Bill's life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 18, 2016 at the Christ Episcopal Church in Coronado, 1114 Ninth Street, with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Coronado Library.