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Richard F. Toomey

Richard F. Toomey was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on January 11, 1914, the son of Elizabeth F. and Michael S. Toomey, a plumber. He served in the Army Air Corp during World War II (by which time he'd had two years of high school and was considered a skilled machine shop operator).

Richard F. Toomey established the R. F. Toomey Sales Company in 1971 at 128 Shaker Road, East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. His 1972 ads in Rocks & Minerals claimed "over 1,000 beautiful mineral specimens now on display, in a wide variety of sizes, types and prices. Also fluorescent minerals, ultraviolet lamps, geodes, cutting material and lapidary equipment."

A press release about his new store for mineral collectors and lapidaries appeared in the July-August 1972 issue of Rocks & Minerals, along with a photo of part of his display room. The press release stated that "During the past few months the R. F. Toomey Sales Co., of East Longmeadow, Mass., has increased their stock and display of mineral specimens to the point where they believe they now have one of the largest collections of minerals ever offered for retail in this area."

Toomey's enterprise was short-lived. He advertised in Rocks & Minerals only from January 1972 to July-August 1973, and he is listed only in the 1972 and 1973 Lapidary Journal Buyer's Guide.

He died November 24, 1991 in Agawam, 5 miles west of East Longmeadow.

Social Security Death Index.
U.S. Federal Census, 1920, 1930.
U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946.
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