Bruce (BJ) Patrick Toal Jr.

Born: Tue., Sep. 21, 1993
Died: Mon., Apr. 10, 2017


3:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Apr. 21, 2017
Location: Connection Point Church of God

Celebration of Life

10:30 AM Sat., Apr. 22, 2017
Location: Connection Point Church of God

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BRUCE PATRICK (BJ) TOAL, 23, of Sidney, OH passed away at 3:30 pm on April 10, 2017 at University Hospital in Columbia, MO due to injuries sustained in an accident. He was born in Sidney, OH on September 21, 1993, to Bruce and Catherine (Causseaux) Toal. He was preceded in death by a sister, Rachel.  He is survived by his parents, Bruce and Catherine Toal of Sidney, his brothers Jonathan of Troy, OH, Antonio of Mexico City, MX, Zachary of Columbia, MO and sister, Lilly of Eagle River, AK.  He also leaves maternal grandmother Charlene Causseaux of Balsam Grove, NC, paternal grandmother, Leona Toal, of Charlotte, NC and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

BJ was a 2013 graduate from Troy Christian High School.  BJ had an outstanding high school wrestling career at Troy Christian.  He was a two-time state champion and in 2013 led his team to a team state title as well.  His senior year he was voted to USA Wrestling All American team which yearly designates the best wrestlers in the country.  He received a scholarship to wrestle at the University of Missouri where he joined his older brother Zach who was already on the team.  BJ would have graduated this May.

BJ accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior at a young age.  At the age of 12 he was baptized in water at Living Word Church in Vandalia symbolizing his trust and reliance upon Jesus.  BJ truly displayed the fruit of the Holy Spirit in his life and always deposited more into relationships than he took.  He was a loving and compassionate man.  He had a clear understanding of his identity and who he was in Jesus Christ and because of this was as genuine as they come.

BJ changed the atmosphere when he entered the room with his kind heart, wonderful smile and laugh.  He was truly a gift to our family and friends.  Sitting with BJ and sharing and talking for hours seemed like minutes and you didn't want it to end.  He just made you feel you were a better person whenever you spent time with him.  He was that guy! Strength and Honor BJ.

A Celebration of BJ's Life will be held Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 10:30 AM at Connection Point Church of God, 1510 Campbell Rd, Sidney. Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery in Sidney. The family will receive friends on Friday from 3 to 8 PM at the church. Arrangements are in the care of Cromes-Edwards Funeral Home, Sidney.  The family will dress casually as this is the way BJ would have wanted it.

Memorials may be made to Living Waters Ministries, 7935 Parkway Rd, Balsam Grove, NC. 28708. Condolences may be expressed to the Toal family at the funeral home's website,

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Peter & Valerie Handleton
   Posted Fri April 14, 2017
Dear Catherine, Bruce, June and family, We are so sorry at the terrible loss of your dear BJ. He sounded like a special, young man. We are praying for you and your family and are sending you our love. May the Lord be very near and dear to you and your family at this time. Jesus loves you. Love, Peter & Valerie (June's friends from NJ)

Heidi Young-Kleiber
   Posted Fri April 14, 2017
Prayers to you and your family.

Cynthia McRill
   Posted Fri April 14, 2017
My sincere condolences to Bruce, Catherine and family. What a tragic loss for you; so glad BJ knew Jesus. He is now in the Presence!

John and Fran Tullar
   Posted Sat April 15, 2017
We are praying for you and your family and trusting God to sustain you with His comfort and peace and love.

Sharon Long
   Posted Sat April 15, 2017
My thoughts are prayers are with the family at this time. Be assured that you will see him again in Glory. Love you all.

Bud and Ann Alexander
   Posted Sat April 15, 2017
Our hearts go out to the family of BJ Toal Bruce and Catherine We are so sorry for this tragic loss to you and your family! We know that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord! How wonderful to know that your Son is now present with the Lord! We love you, and we are praying for you! Bud and Ann

Dennis Greve
   Posted Sun April 16, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't know your son, but if he was anything like his father, he was a strong and good man. Dennis Greve

Leila Halligan
   Posted Sun April 16, 2017
Dear Toal Family,

Our sincere sadness to you all at this very difficult time! The loss of your loving Bruce has to be terribly difficult to comprehend. He was such an outstanding young man of which you all must have been extremely proud. Proud also of yourselves for the love, guidance and influence you all had on Bruce.

I am a friend of Junes from Medford, NJ. If June is any example of the wonderful family you all are , for this you should be extremely proud. I always admired June's strong belief in her faith and the Lord to guide her through the difficult times. Her belief in the power of prayer made me an even stronger believer through the difficult times.

Even though Bruce was much too young to leave you all and his life, we can only pray and believe that he is in a better place free of any pain and suffering. He is free of any lasting injuries that could have made his life as we know it, very difficult.
For this we can only thank God for making the best decision.

My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family in hopes as time goes on your grief and sadness will somehow start to lessen. I hope the wonderful memories you are left with will carry you through until you see Bruce again.

Blessings to you all,

Leila Halligan

Jerome Bey
   Posted Mon April 17, 2017

RAY OF SUNSHINE was sent by Versailles Wrestling Coaches.

Versailles Wrestling

Michael & Billie Weber
   Posted Tue April 18, 2017
Mike & I understand why BJ was such a special person.
He came from a very special family.
We love you guys and will be standing in the gap praying in the months ahead.
Love you much.
Michael & Billie Weber

Lockington United Methodist Church
   Posted Tue April 18, 2017
Bruce, Catherine and Family,

We extend our prayers to you both and your family. My our Heavenly Father comfort you and give you peace.

Your extended family,
Lockington UMC

John & Kathy Westerheide
   Posted Tue April 18, 2017
Bruce, Catherine & Family,

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your son BJ. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this most difficult time.

Birdie Gambrel
   Posted Wed April 19, 2017
Bruce and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I am glad he knew the Lord. May God bless your family. Birdie Gambrel

Barb Depweg
   Posted Fri April 21, 2017
Dearest Bruce, Catherine, Jonathon, Zach and Lilly. I am so sorry about BJ. I am faced with death everyday doing the job I do, but this was hard to comprehend. I relied on my spiritual teachings that say that BJ was given a certain number of breaths when he was born. And even though we who knew and loved him feel that number was too low, he completed his work here on earth. It is God's perfect will. I can't imagine the pain in your heart right now. You are a strong family. You may not see it now but this dark period is just a chapter in your journey. You will come out of this even stronger and filled with more love for the Lord than you thought imaginable. Rely on the love and ministry you have already been given to walk you thru this. I wanted to come and give you my love and support today, but I have a previous commitment I can't get out of. I send you spiritual hugs from a distance. PLEASE continue to Luv the journey! God Bless all of you! All my love, Barb

Len and Judy Hubbard
   Posted Fri April 21, 2017
To the Toal family, our hearts go out to you at such a difficult time. Please know that we are keeping you in our thoughts and our prayers.

   Posted Fri April 21, 2017

A GARDEN PATH was sent by LLoyd, Paula .

Celebrating a Beautiful Life.

Nina Byler
   Posted Fri April 21, 2017
Dearest Bruce, Catherine, and family,

Please know we will be keeping you all in prayer. Wanted to express how beautifully put was the brochure about Bj -- his faith and his heart for he Lord. Praying for God to continue to keep you strengthened by his love, joy, and peace. Love you all, our dear precious family in the Lord. Please if there is anything we can do for you guys, do not hesitate to contact us.

Because of Jesus,
The Byler Family

Gregor Mackenzie
   Posted Wed April 26, 2017
It is with great sadness that we at Xcel heard about BJ's passing. He will continue to grace our walls, together with his peers, in the prime of his wrestling career at Troy Christian. Our strongest support and wishes to everyone. From Greg Mackenzie and the Xcel staff

Jody Floor
   Posted Wed April 26, 2017
I live across the street from where BJ and Zack lived. Thank you for sharing your sons with us in Columbia. BJ was an amazing, compassionate young man, and will be missed.


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