Frederick A. Toole, 62, supermarket supervisor

March 14, 2003

Frederick A. Toole, a retired SuperFresh supervisor and former meat cutter, died of cancer Wednesday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Catonsville resident was 62.

Mr. Toole was born in Baltimore and raised on Wilhelm Street in the southeastern section of the city. He was a 1958 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and attended Catonsville Community College.

Mr. Toole began his supermarket career as a 16-year-old when he went to work for the old Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. He later became a meat cutter after completing his apprenticeship

In 1967, he was promoted to meat department supervisor for the 13 Eastern Shore stores of the company, which later became SuperFresh. He retired last year.

He returned to his old trade as a meat cutter eight months ago and, until his death, was working at Eddie's of Roland Park Supermarket.

Mr. Toole brought an appreciation of fine beef to his private life and enjoyed presiding over his grill during family and neighborhood cookouts.

"He was the boss of the grill," said his wife of 40 years, the former Mary C. Cunningham. "He liked his filet mignon, New York strip and porterhouse steaks grilled medium-well."

Mr. Toole was also a Civil War buff and had a large library devoted to the subject. He also liked visiting historic battlefields from the conflict.

"He always said he could almost `see and hear the battles,'" said his wife.

He also enjoyed fishing and swimming.

Mr. Toole was a communicant of St. Joseph Passionist Monastery Roman Catholic Church, Old Frederick Road and Monastery Avenue in Irvington, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow.

In addition to his wife, survivors include three daughters, Kelly M. Fick of Lutherville, Hope DeBilius of Eldersburg and Kara N. Toole of Catonsville; three sisters, Lola Keys of Phoenix, May Toole of Lansdowne and Adair Trevillian of Parkville; and five grandchildren.

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