EVANS MILLS, NY — Neal C. Tooley, 85, of Alverson Road, Evans Mills, died Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, at his home.
Born June 24, 1935, in the town of LeRay, the son of the late Ralph and Hazel Doxtater-Tooley, he attended and graduated in 1953 from Evans Mills High School.
Always a hard worker, Neal went to work for Smith’s Transport and New York Air Brake before going into business for himself. In the mid-1980s, Neal started The Tooley Trucking company and opened Jefferson Heights Quarry, a stone quarry and delivery service. In 1999, he sold the quarry to pursue heavy equipment construction. Neal owned and operated Neal Tooley Construction which specialized in local trucking and construction site work which he did right up until his passing.
When he wasn’t working, Neal pursued his lifelong passion with race cars. Starting in the early 1960s, Neal quickly gained a reputation for an aggressive driving style that earned him the nickname “Terrible” Tooley that would stick with him for the rest of his life. “Terrible” Tooley earned the first of many feature wins at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on Aug. 25, 1962. Always running toward the front, Neal is 3rd in feature wins at Watertown Speedway. Looking for new challenges, Neal transitioned to super-modified cars at Oswego Speedway in 1966. Neal’s long racing career produced many memories from a lap record in Trenton, NJ, that stood for many years to a fiery wreck at the Syracuse Fairgrounds that left Neal walking away unharmed with a pipe sticking through the center of his car.
Neal and his former wife Shirley Fulkerson were married in April 1961 and welcomed a daughter in December.
On March 5th, 1972, Neal married Patricia J. Doney. Another daughter was welcomed in July of that year. His constant companion until her death on July 31, 2007, Neal and Patrica enjoyed boating and winters in Melbourne Beach FL.
Neal is survived by his two daughters, Kendra Tooley and Sheri Tooley, husbands Scott Allen and Paul Ciminelli, grandchildren, Lauren Heaslip (Christopher) & Christopher Peters (Marrissa), and great grandchildren Hayden Heaslip & Ashton Peters.
Calling hours will be 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 6, 2021, at Frederick Bros. Funeral Home, Theresa, NY. Spring Burial will be on the family plot in Evans Mills Cemetery.
Donations may be made to Evans Mills Ambulance, Attn: Memorial Fund, 8733 Factory St. Evans Mills, NY 13637 or the Jefferson County SPCA 25056 Water St. Watertown, NY 13601.
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