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Anthony P. DEXTER - Anthony P. "Tony" Toce, 79, died peacefully Jan. 23, 2009, in his sleep of natural causes, at his home. He was born June 12, 1929, in Hartford, Conn., the son of Rocco and Susan (Cavallo) Toce. He was educated at schools in Hartford, Conn.

Tony was known for being a kind, nurturing, giving and compassionate man. At the time of his father's death, he was asked to take care of his mother and 11 brothers and sisters, which he did selflessly. He took care of his mother until her death in 1982.

Anthony P. Toce married Gladys M. Tremins Jan. 5, 1950, in Hartford, Conn. Together they raised four children.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Gladys M. Toce of Dexter; four children, Pamela Black and her husband, Fred, of Waterville, Cheryl Langlais of Honolulu, Anthony "T.J." Toce of San Francisco and Allison Keyte and her husband, Brian, of St. Albans; six grandchildren, Jennifer Soczka, Jason Langlais, Frederick Black Jr., Justin Langlais, Eric Keyte and Courtney Keyte; three great-grandchildren, Aidan Langlais, Alexander Soczka and Bodhi Langlais; four sisters and four brothers, Theresa Brown, Carmela Levere, Rosemarie Hiltgen, Carol Kelly, Rocco Toce, Ronnie Toces and Danny Toce, all of Connecticut and Johnny Toce of Newport; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by sisters, Anne-Marie Whittaker and Elaine Plungy; and his brother, Gerald Toce.

Tony was well known for his restaurant that he built in the 1970s, named after his son, "T.J." He was very happy and proud to see it up and running again. Above all, Tony enjoyed spending time with and taking trips with his children and family. He especially loved Hawaii, where his ashes will be spread. He will be fondly remembered, loved dearly and missed greatly.

At his request, there will be no services.

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Service Center, 34 High St., Newport. To sign an online guest book and leave written tributes, please visit

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