David Arthur Toops

On Monday, July 18, 2022, David Arthur Toops, loving husband and proud father of two children, passed away at the age of 79. The son of Adrian and Winifred Toops, David, known affectionately as Dave, was born on June 27, 1943 in Glen Ridge, NJ. Dave had a fruitful career in sales and management in the steel industry. He spent most of his career at Tolan Machinery Co. as General/Sales Manager. He loved fishing with his sons David and Adam. You could always find the three of them together somewhere along the Passaic River waiting patiently for the next carp to take his homemade bait—a recipe handed down to him from his father. He is surely overjoyed to see this family tradition continuing with his two grandchildren Caroline, 16, and Parker, 11.

Dave’s life was truly blessed when he married Karen Toops nearly 23 years ago. Together, they retired to Hendersonville, NC and built a life based on a foundation of love, laughter, and good times with new friends in their neighborhood and their church family. Karen embraced his gregarious personality and his caring, generous nature. They spent many an evening with their beloved cat, Fiona, gazing at the beautiful Smoky Mountain scenery God had surrounded them with. Of course, he still indulged in the occasional Thumann’s hot dog and vodka gimlet, but this was just part of his overwhelming love for life.

He is survived by Karen, David, Adam, Caroline, Parker, and other family members, and his spirit will always be with them. Dave was larger than life and stories of him will be fondly shared by family and friends for a long time to come.

Memorial Services will be held at Living Water Baptist Church at 1284 Sugarloaf Rd, Hendersonville, NC on August 20th starting at 10:30am.

Please send written condolences or flowers for the family directly to the church. 

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