FARMINGTON — Rudolph P. Toothaker, 86, of Wilton, passed away on Feb. 14, at Sandy River Center for Health Care.

He was born Nov. 25, 1924, at Beans Corner in Jay, the son of Erwin R. Toothaker and Esther B. Toothaker. As a youth, he attended the one-room school house in Beans Corner and furthered his education by graduating from Wilton Academy in 1942. During World War II, he entered the Army in 1943, and served for 16 months on the European Front as a driver for his colonel. This proved to be rough work in an open jeep during the winter. Frozen hands were common.

After the war ended, he returned to Maine and on June 22, 1946, he married Helen A. Orff at the Congregational Church in Wilton. Together they created their home on the shore of Wilson Lake and have taken great pride in living there since 1959.

Rudy was a participant in community life and involved in numerous organizations which included Wilton Lions, Masons, Shriners, Legion and others. He was an avid tennis player until the age of 80 and was one of the original members of the Sandy River Players.

He worked many years for local shoe shops before establishing his own real estate office on Main Street in Wilton. Upon retirement, Rudy could be found on the Weld Road working with his land which he called “The Pit.” He enjoyed playing with his farm tractor and harvesting fire wood.

Rudy is survived by his wife, Helen of Wilton; daughter, Brenda Stinson and her husband, Owen, of Wilton; four grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Rupert of Wilton and Thayden of Farmington.

Those wishing may send condolences to the family at www.adamsmcfarlane.com.

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