Veteran Racing Official Don Toal, 83

Don Toal (right) with his wife, Marilyn.
Don Toal (right) with his wife, Marilyn.

CHILI, N.Y. – Donald A. (Don) Toal passed away at age 83 in Chili, N.Y., on Sept. 7.

A longtime NASCAR official, Don was a regular fixture at Spencer and Lancaster Speedways. Aa an employee of the Eastman Kodak Co. in Rochester, N.Y., Don was a former president of the Kodak Park Athletic Ass’n Auto Racing Boosters Club.

Toal and his wife, Marilyn, helped promote the Race of Champions going back to its Langhorne days in 1965. Don Toal was inducted into Race of Champions Hall of Fame as well as the FOAR Score Fan Club Hall of Fame. In 2014, Don and Marilyn Toal were bestowed the Junie Donlavey Spirit of the Sport Award by the Eastern Motorsports Press Ass’n for raising more than $1 million in lap money for RoC drivers over the decades.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Marilyn; daughter, Colleen D’Hondt; and grandchildren, Meghan and Thomas D’Hondt. A funeral mass will be held Sept. 12 at St. Pius X Church in Chili, N.Y.