Richard (Dick) Toomath Jr. was born on 20 Mar 1895 in Belfast, Ireland. He was born with hydrocephalus, a condition once commonly referred to as "water on the brain." As a result his cognitive skills were slightly impaired. Consequently, Dick did not receive any formal education although Anna, Dick's mother, did teach him to read and do arithmetic.
Dick had an affinity for horses. He worked with Uncle Joe at the old Woodbine Racetrack (1956 - 63) walking the horses. People say that he could actually talk to them. He had a real knack for knowing which horse was going to win and which horse had a problem.
Dick moved in with his sister Emily's family when he retired. He is remembered by them as a very gentle man who would spend hours with Glen teaching him to tie his shoelaces and walking him to school. He was also a great hockey fan. His favorite team was the Toronto Maple Leafs. Someone, it might have been Harold Ballard, used to give Uncle Dick tickets to the gardens to watch the Leafs play. He may even have worked at the Gardens for a short time.
Dick passed away in 1977.