Gerald “Wayne” Tolley

Born: 01/11/1938 Passed:

Gerald W. Tolley, age 81 of Louisville, passed away on the morning of Saturday, November 9, 2019 following an extended illness. He was born January 11th, 1938 in Akron to the late James R. and Louise (McGraw) Tolley.

“Wayne”, a blacksmith and boilermaker, retired in 2005 from T&W Forge in Alliance. He loved his family and his spoiled dog “Bogey”. He enjoyed collecting, antiquing and shopping with “the best friend I ever knew” Maggie Smith. When asked the most important thing learned: “Your kids are everything!”

He is survived by sisters, Mary Nitzsche of Stow, June Holderbaum of Florida, Shirley Samples of Kansas, Karen Kress of Canton; brothers, W. Don of Cleveland, James of Canton, Joe of Navarre and David of Canton; children, Teresa (Lenard) McCown of Canal Fulton, Deborah (Tom) Matheny of Louisville, Daryhl (Kim) Tolley of Canton, Brian (Holly) Tolley of North Canton and Trevor (Missy) Tolley of Mogadore; 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and countless nieces and nephews.

Wayne is preceded in death by his wife, Hazel E. (Campbell); sisters, Gertrude Castro, Evelena Jones and Sue Norris; brother, Hayward and sons, Gerald W “Duke” Jr, Timothy R. and Michael W.

Wayne’s family will receive friends Wednesday from 5-7 pm at the Paquelet-Falk Funeral Home in Louisville. Services will be held Thursday at 11:00 am at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Damascus Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made online at “Tolley Fund” at to help Addison fight leukemia. Condolences can be shared with the family online at

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3 Tributes to Gerald “Wayne” Tolley

  1. Maggie❤️ says:

    This is the most honest caring lovely person I have ever known .I will greatly miss all the times we shopped ate or just spent time together.He has been a great help and inspiration to to me .Another wonderful thing about Wayne his kids came first and he adored all of them , A wonderful father and Grandfather.He was a great part of my life and I will forever cherish all my memories of him, love you Mr Wayne❤️May you Rest In Peace , no more suffering 🌹

  2. Maggie🌹 says:

    Wayne is the most caring and honest person I have ever met .He has been a great inspiration and helping friend I have ever known. I admire him for the love he has for his children and they were always number 1 in his life ; what a great father and grandpa .
    We had a lot of great times together shopping eating and just enjoyed doing things together. Always saw the good in everyone and had that wonderful smile . He will be sadly missed in my life but the memories will never fade away .It was a great time Mr Wayne May you Rest In Peace and your pain is gone forever ❤️🌹

    • Jennifer Powell says:

      I Never got to meet Wayne, but heard so much amazing things about him through his son Trevor and Trevor’s wife Missy. He will surely be missed and never forgotten. May he now Rest In Peace with no more pain and take those beautiful wings and fly. My condolences and prayers are being sent throughout to the entire family.

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