Joseph “JT” Toner

In Memorial

Joseph “JT” Toner, of Frisco, N.C., passed away on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at the age of 54. He was well liked by all. JT was born to Catherine and Frank E. Toner on July 18, 1959 in Ventnor City, N.J. Upon finishing high school, JT lived for a period of time in California and then Texas prior to moving to Hatteras Island. JT is predeceased by his father Frank E. Toner and his brother Francis “Bootem” Toner.

A gifted athlete with a deep love for the ocean, he excelled in a number of water sports, including surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing as well as fishing. He also was an avid golfer and snowboarder. JT loved to play music, namely guitar, and would often host friends for “jam sessions.”

A contractor by trade, JT owned a business, Joseph Toner Construction. During his 27 years on Hatteras Island, he built numerous custom homes.

He is survived by his mother Catherine, two brothers, Michael Toner (Ellen) of Egg Harbor Township, N.J. and John Toner (Brenda) of Round Rock, Texas, one sister, Lori Toner (Bruce) of Doylestown, Pa., numerous nieces and nephews, and best friend Claudette Lemonde-Gray and her family.

A memorial “paddle out” service for everyone whose lives were touched by JT will be held on Hatteras Island on Saturday, May 24. For more information, please email

Twiford Funeral Home, Hatteras, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.

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  1. Louise Rossiter

    J.T. remodeled our house and he and my husband shared a birthday. He was working on our house when he was 30 and my husband was 60 – they both enjoyed that birthday very much. I admired his sense of humor and his ability in the construction business.

  2. Anne Swain

    Joe was a special person who recognized others needs and then acted upon them. He reached out to folks in a specified way. He was sincere and caring. His presence and love for Hatteras Island will be missed. God bless you, Joe, on this “new” journey.
    My sincere condolences are with your mother, brothers and their families. God be with you, Claudette.

  3. Chris Dwyer

    and was a good friend . He was funny and well liked. My sincere condolences to his family.

  4. Ana

    I am so sorry for your loss. Although, I do not know your family personally, I would like to share some encouraging thoughts from the Bible. The Bible provides comfort during these difficult times. Revelation 21:3-4 states, And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. Very soon now, we will never experience losing our loved ones in death. May these words give you a new hope.

  5. Joseph Nanfara

    Joe was always a Happy guy. That is how I remember him, and it sounds like he did not change over the years. I’m so sorry to hear of his passing at such an early age. my prayers go out for him, and his Family. God Bless, Rest in Peace Joe.

  6. pat burke

    Joe was a great neighbor and friend… In the early days I would walk down the street and J.T. always had a hockey stick in his hand… Later he was always passing through the neighborhood surfboard under arm heading for ventnor pier. Joe lived a very thrilling life and lived to the fullest. never seized to amaze me.

  7. Mike Weierbach sr.

    Jt. We will miss ya good friend. From our days back home in ventnor nj. To all our vacations to Hatteras. Trips to frisco won’t be the same. Rip. God bless. Mike wires & family

  8. Tammi Phillips

    So sad to hear the loss of such a great guy. I spent many of my teenage years with Joe just having fun no matter what we did. Joe defiantely knew how to have a good time. He was always smiling and laughing. He has and always will hold a special place in my heart. i am sure his is surfing and fishing for the stars. God Bless his family and give them strength to get through this difficult time. RIP my dear friend. As Joe would say, Peace. May you now be at peace! Thanks for the wonderful memories.

  9. Douglas Price

    I have many great memories of times JT and I had together. He was a great guy,so sorry to hear of his passing.

  10. Elizabeth and Mark Lawson

    We were so lucky to have JT’s creative genius in building our dream home in Hatteras Village 11 years ago. We were so saddened to learn of JT’s passing last night at dinner in the village and will always remember him with fond memories. He will be missed by many. Our sincerest condolences to the family, Claudette and her family, too.

  11. Paul J Stogie Raube Jr

    Deeply saddened to learn of my team mate passing away at too early of an age. Experienced many great times with our Saints little league team and Junior Philadelphia Blazers Hockey team .I can still picture Joe flying around the rink in Ventnor NJ. I am in tears for the memories we shared . God Bless you Joe for your friendship . I WILL SEE YOU LATER !!! Your Teammate Stogie

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