Edward (Eamonn) Joseph Toner III, 60, of Washougal, WA passed away December 22nd, 2020. He was born in Pensacola, Florida on January 29, 1960 to Edward and Mary Toner. Eamonn grew up in Howell, NJ. There he made many memories with his five siblings and his friends, playing in the forest behind his home, building forts, riding dirt bikes and having all kinds of mischievous adventures. His father was a TWA pilot which enabled him to travel the world throughout his childhood, including spending beloved time visiting relatives in Ireland and taking ski trips to Utah with his brothers. Eamonn met the love of his life, Laura Reed, while attending Howell High School. They married in June of 1979. That same year, Eamonn enlisted in the US Air Force. He spent several years serving in Mississippi and Georgia before settling in Ogden, Utah at Hill Air Force Base. After separating from his 6-year tour of duty, he began his civilian career on Hill Air Force Base while continuing to serve for several more years as a USAF Reservist. There he remained until he retired 32 years later in 2016. Eamonn developed close friendships with those he worked with and was known for his hard work, team building, and for his office humor and pranks. After retirement, Eamonn and Laura moved to Washington to enjoy the next phase of life.
Living in Utah allowed Eamonn to ski to his heart’s content and develop a life-long love of cycling. Eamonn and Laura enjoyed traveling overseas with their close friends over the years. Eamonn was so adventurous, and always made spending time together the most fun. He never failed to liven up any conversation with his colorful stories, he was an Irishman after all, so he had a way of bringing life to any tale he told. Eamonn was warm, caring, and strong. He was good at everything, he could fix anything, and when challenged by a problem he was relentless until he found a solution. He was known for the best hugs and warm greetings. He always had smiling eyes and a permanent grin on his face. His love and happiness were infectious. No man could match his energy or determination when it came to the things he loved, whether it be family, hobbies or thrill-seeking. He would jump out of a plane, dive off a cliff, or hang glide without a second thought. And of course, it can’t go without mention, his 50-year love affair with the Kansas City Chiefs …yes, even before Patrick Mahomes!
Eamonn absolutely adored his children and their spouses, who also became like children of his own. When his grandchildren came into the world it was like he became a father again, loving them on a level he never knew possible. He was our rock and will be missed in more ways than we have yet begun to comprehend.
Eamonn is preceded in death by his parents, Edward Joseph Toner, Jr., and Mary (Marlene) Josephine Toner, and his brother Tim Toner. He is survived by his wife Laura Toner, two children, Eric Toner (wife Tiffany), Meghen Bingham (husband Scott), and three grandchildren Porter, Ella and Sophie Bingham, his brothers Patrick and Kevin Toner, and his sisters Deirdre Toner and Eileen Becker.
A family only service will be held on Thursday, December 31st at Brown’s Funeral Home in Camas, WA. Due to Covid-19, the family will not be able to receive guests.
Family and friends may make donations to Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, Southwest Chapter using the link below. Please be sure to select the Southwest Chapter from the “Chapter” drop down menu (which services the trails Eamonn loved) and notate his name in the comments.
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