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Robert L. Toney, 67, of Williamsville, a retired special agent with the FBI, died Monday (Sept. 20, 1999) at Mitchell Campus of Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a brief illness.

He was one of the people featured in a Buffalo News story last month about the dying and their families and friends.

Born in Bluefield, Va., he grew up in Bristol, Tenn. He served in the Army with the First Calvary in the Korean War.

A graduate of Western Kentucky State College, he went on to teach music and direct school bands in Virginia and Florida. He played trumpet for the Jacksonville, Fla., Symphony Orchestra and led his own dance band.

He joined the FBI in 1968 after being recruited into the agency by the father of one of his students in Jacksonville. He was assigned to Buffalo in 1970 and working with the organized-crime and espionage units. He also taught photography to many police agencies throughout the state. He retired in 1988.

Surviving are his wife of 45 years, the former Nancy Chambers; four sons, Mark of Depew, Christopher of Hastings, Minn., Erik of Kenmore and Blaine; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 9 in Kenilworth United Church of Christ, 45 Dalton Drive, Town of Tonawanda.


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