Albert C. Toll, 93, formerly of Overbrook Park, a retired grain and feed company executive, died Wednesday, May 22, of complications from Parkinson's disease at Ann's Choice, a retirement facility in Warminster.
Mr. Toll was all about family. He didn't hesitate to clown around with his daughter, Carol Bress, when she was a toddler, or to pack up her belongings for a car trip to college.
Over the years, he kept the mailboxes full for Bress and her sister, Terry, "no matter where they lived," there was always a note from their father, Bress said.
In his Overbrook Park neighborhood, he was known as "Mr. Clean." He cleared sidewalks and streets of trash and snow despite inclement weather or a busy schedule, his daughter said.
A graduate of Central High School and Pennsylvania State University, Mr. Toll's first job was as a quality-control chemist in Port Richmond for a subsidiary of the National Lead Co.
He transferred in 1943 to the firm's magnesium plant in Lucky, Ohio, where government officials tapped him to do research relating to magnesium production for the atomic-bomb development project, his daughter said.
From 1944 to 1946, Mr. Toll served as a U.S. Navy officer aboard several landing-ship transports in the Pacific Theater.
After his military service, he joined S.F. Scattergood, the family's grain and feed brokerage firm, in the Bourse Building in Philadelphia. It later moved to Narberth. He served there from 1946 to 1986, first as a salesman and rail-transportation manager, and later as president.
The company was sold and later closed by the new owner, Bress said.
In private life, Mr. Toll enjoyed walking, golfing, and reading. He was a train buff, a natural mimic, a trivia whiz, and a "dean of geography, with a map collection to rival any travel agency," his family said.
"He planned the best trips," Bress said.
Even though he was naturally shy, he made strangers feel welcome in his presence and could talk to anyone, she said.
In addition to his daughters, Mr. Toll is survived by his wife of 67 years, the former Lee Ingber; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother; two sisters; and nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at noon Sunday, May 26, at Roosevelt Memorial Park, 2701 Old Lincoln Highway, Trevose.
Donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Grand Central Station, Box 4777, New York, N.Y. 10163.
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