David Arthur Toops

June 27, 1943 - July 18, 2022
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.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in David’s name may be made by mail to American Lung Association NC, Donation Processing Center, Box 70360, Philadelphia, PA 19176.


Saturday, August 20, 2022
10:30 AM

Living Water Baptist Church - Directions
1284 Sugarloaf Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792

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  • September 14, 2022
    John P McCabe says:
    God Bless Dave's memory. He was a true Gentleman and bright person. He taught me a great deal about the stainless steel tank industry. I always enjoyed his stories and great sense of humor. He will be missed. RIP Dave!

  • July 31, 2022
    Caroline and Dan Isenogle says:
    Karen - what a loving tribute. Dan and I miss Dave very much. He was a wonderful man, with a great sense of humour, such patience, and wit. "Hey Kid" was Dave's daily greeting for me, and I have missed that the last two years since we moved. He was so nice to Leo Luke and Libby, and was always so generous. I've missed him since the day we moved, and will continue to. We loved being your next door neighbours. We will always remember Dave with genuine fondness, and deeply regret not being able to be with him, or you. But, I will talk to him up above and he will always be looking down on you and Fiona, making sure you are okay. With much love to you both, and Adam xxxxx

  • July 30, 2022
    Brian And Rosalba Bernat says:
    Karen-and family- a beautiful tribute to Dave in his obituary and so very true. He will be missed and our prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • July 27, 2022
    Cheryl Rathburn from the former Blue Ridge Eye Care says:
    Ms. Toops, Praying that GOD will give you comfort in this difficult time. I think of you often. You guys were always so sweet to me. I’m so sorry for your loss.