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05/13/10 - NNHS Newsletter
Joe Tolly

Joseph V. Tolly
(d. 09 May 2010)

Newport News High School Class of 1956

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have more sad news to report today.     Joe Tolly, Class of 1956, husband of    Margaret Elmore Tolly ('58) of VA, passed away at home in Suffolk on Sunday, May 09, 2010 at the age of 71.  He was the brother of    Shirley Kennedy Gunnels ('66) of VA and Jack Kennedy of NJ, and the brother-in-law of    Larry Elmore ('65).

        From Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN - 05/10/10 - "  Joe Tolly NNHS '56":

I received an e-mail from    Sandra Canapa that sadly our classmate Joe (Joseph V.) Toley passed away Sunday 5/9 about 6:30 pm. I have no other details except that he had been sick for quite a while.
Sydney Dearing

   I'm so sorry to hear this, Sydney, but I appreciate your letting me know. Joe had been battling throat cancer since 1992.

        From Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN - 05/12/10, 9:32 AM - "  Joe Tolly NNHS '56":

Attached is an e-mail I received from Sandra Canepa with more details about the passing of our classmate Joe Tolly.
Sydney Dearing
     From Sandra Canepa ('56) of VA - 05/11/10, 11:58 PM - "Details re   Joe Tolly's Service, Saturday, 15 May":

Dear '56 Classmates,

Joe's Memorial Service and his Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, May 15, Peninsula Funeral Home, at 11 am. Margaret tells me the family will be available for visitation prior to and after the service.

Following the service in Newport News, there will be a reception back in Windsor, Virginia, at the home of Joe and Margaret's daughter Lisa, .....

Lisa lives about 3 minutes from Margaret and is the mother of Joe and Margaret's two grandchildren. Saturday's program will have directions to Lisa's home.

Margaret said a dear friend prepared a great video of Joe's life, good times, good friends, and family, and it will be shown at the service. Joe has been cremated so there will be no other services other than Saturday's.

I personally am sad and very sorry to have to miss Joe's Big Day on Saturday because I fly out of this area on Friday. It would be greatly appreciated if those of you who plan to attend give Margaret a big hug for me. I cannot imagine working on another class reunion without Joe (and Margaret's) help, hard work, planning and input. We can do it but it certainly won't be as easy or as fun.

The Daily Press will print Joe's obit on Thursday should you need additional details.

Thank you.
Sandra Canepa


   Thank you so much, Sydney - and Sandra.

Joseph V. Tolly


SUFFOLK - Joseph V. Tolly, 71, died at home on Sunday, May 9, 2010, after a long, brave battle with cancer.

A recent Suffolk resident, Joe was a proud 1956 Newport News Typhoon and longtime Newport News resident. He was the son of the late Elsie M. Kennedy and Lester Kennedy of Newport News and the late Joseph P. Tolly of Toms River, N.J.

He was past president and active member of the Original Club for more than 25 years. Along with Original Club friends, Joe participated in ACS and other charitable events for many years. He was also an active member of the Braxton Perkins Post 25 American Legion.


Joe Tolly

He is survived by his devoted wife and caretaker, Margaret E. Tolly; daughters, Lisa T. Shearin (Graham) of Windsor and Julia C. Tolly of Virginia Beach. He was a proud 'Papa' to grandchildren, Emma Kaye and Alex Shearin of Windsor; and brother to Shirley Gunnels (Terry) of Newport News and Jack Kennedy of N.J. He is also survived by many in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 15, at Peninsula Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services. Family visitation at the Shearin home will follow the service.

A special thank you to all of those who cared for him at EVMS Dept. of Otolaryngology, Dr. Dean McGaughey and chemotherapy nurse, Marie Franklin of Virginia Oncology, Dr. Martha Mooney, Ms. Ann Cyptar, Speech-Language Pathologist and the dedicated, caring staff of Sentara Hospice Group.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to the , 11835 Canon Blvd., Suite A 102, Newport News, VA 23606 would be appreciated.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from May 13 to May 14, 2010.
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May 13, 2010
Love you, Uncle Joe - you will be missed!

~ Gini Chauncey, Lexington, North Carolina

May 13, 2010

Margaret, I am sorry to hear of your loss. You and Joe are in my prayers.

~ Ron Fama, Newport News, Virginia

May 13, 2010

I would like to express my sincere condolences to the Tolly family on the loss of their beloved Joe. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. I did not know Joe personally but my parents, Bobby and Ellen Bain, always had wonderful things to say about him and had fun memories that they would share with me of your beloved Joe. I am thankful for his presence in my parents' lives and the friendship that he shared with them. May our Father hold all of you in his loving embrace.
~ Linda Rains, Chesapeake, Virginia 

May 13, 2010
  Mrs. Tolly & Family,
We are so sorry to hear that Joe has passed. He was one of the most charming gentleman I had ever meet and a wonderful cook. Our thoughts and prayers will be with the family during this time of sorrow. RIP Joe
Threasa & Buddy Hudgins
~ Threasa Hudgins, Newport News, Virginia

May 13
, 2010
Oh Margaret, I am so sorry that it had to end this way - there was never a better couple. Here is sadness on the loss of our true friend and classmate, but find peace that pain has gone. May God bless you and your family.
Cline Plemmons, Suffolk, Virginia

May 13, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Joe fought a most courageous battle.
~ JoAnn and Bobby Fowler, The Villages, Florida

May 13, 2010

Cookie, Once again you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
~ Shirley Matthews

May 13, 2010

  Margaret & Family,
I express my sincere condolences on the passing of Joe & share your loss with all of you, as he was my good friend for 50+ years. I will always remember his zest for life & gracious smile for everyone he met. My Prayers go out to you in this time of sorrow.
Bruce Sims
~ Bruce Sims, Gloucester, Virginia
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May 13, 2010

Margaret and Family,
My sincere condolences on the passing of Joe, may he rest in peace. God bless all of you.
~ John Harrison, Roswell, Georgia

May 13, 2010



May 13, 2010




   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Margaret and the entire Tolly family and their friends at this difficult time.

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   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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- Samuel Barber
(9 Mar 1910 - 23 Jan 1981)

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at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA
- 02/10/05
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