Wrisley Funeral Home
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Phillip C. Toy

A celebration of life ceremony will be held at the Country Club of Greenfield on Saturday, April 18 from 11:00-1:00.

Phillip C. Toy of South Deerfield passed away suddenly on April 9, 2015 at the age of 65.


Phil was born on October 20, 1949 in Greenfield to Harold and Ruth (Rosenthal) Toy. He grew up in Buckland with his sister, Lee, and brothers, Norman and Benjamin. In his youth, Phil loved swimming, sports, exploring in the woods, and anything else that would take him outdoors. He graduated from Arms Academy in 1967, where he was a member of the cross country and baseball teams, the band, and the student council.


Phil loved flying. As a young man, he took flying lessons, earning a private pilot’s license and going on to fly fire watch. He also had a great sense of adventure and liked to travel. During his college years, Phil spent a summer in Alaska living in a cabin. Vacations for Phil always included opportunities to hike and to enjoy the outdoors.


Phil earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s of Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He began teaching at Mohawk Trail Regional School in 1979, where he taught for 32 years, inspiring students in the fields of math and science. In May of 1979, Phil married his wife, Alexis, and moved to South Deerfield shortly thereafter to start a family.


Phil played an active role in his children’s lives, leading to his passion for coaching sports. He coached soccer, basketball, and baseball for youth leagues in South Deerfield. He also coached softball, basketball, and soccer at the middle and high school levels for Mohawk Trail Regional School and Hopkins Academy. When he was not teaching or coaching, Phil enjoyed spending time with his family and pets, attending UMass basketball and football games, golfing, watching the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots, and reading about history and current events. Phil also took great pride in being the steward of his childhood home in Buckland. Phil’s kind, compassionate, fun-loving nature along with his generosity and sense of humor will be sorely missed by all who knew him.


Phil leaves behind his wife of nearly 36 years, Alexis (Devlin) Toy, daughter, Leanna Toy, and son, Peter Toy, all of South Deerfield; his sister, Lee Goodman of Buckland, brother-in-law, Michael Goodman of New Hampshire, niece, Andrea Goodman of Washington, and nephew, Aaron Goodman of Colorado; his brother, Norman Toy, and sister-in-law, Joyce MacKinstry of New Mexico; and his beloved dachshund, Addy, and cats, Flame, Ferdinand, and Linus. Phil is predeceased by his mother, Ruth (Rosenthal) Toy, father, Harold Toy, and brother, Benjamin Toy.


A celebration of life ceremony will be held at the Country Club of Greenfield on Saturday, April 18 from 11:00-1:00. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donating to the Phillip C. Toy Memorial Scholarship Fund, care of the South Deerfield branch of Greenfield Savings Bank. All gifts to this fund will support a scholarship offered in Phil’s name to graduating seniors at Mohawk Trail Regional School.


Expressions of sympathy are available at: www.wrisleyfuneralhome.com