Toby was born in New Westminster in 1894 and lived there until his untimely death in 1975. In 1919 he married Hilda Jones of Birmingham, England, that union producing two sons, Gordon and Donald, and a daughter. After completing the New Westminster Secondary School he entered the printing business as an apprentice in his father's print shop; started driving a jitney service between New Westminster and Vancouver in 1916, and a year later went to work for the American Can Company. Though he enlisted in 1918, he was sent back to the Can Company which was classified an essential service. In 1919 he returned to work for his father, and on the latter's retirement in 1922, became President and Manager of the firm, which was his life's work and a successful one.

A supporter of the Liberal Party, he relaxed when hunting, fishing or traveling.


Toby held many responsible positions in his professional, civic and community life: Chairman of the Board of St. Mary's Hospital; City Alderman 1933-49; Mayor 1950-58; Federal Government Representative to, and chairman of, Fraser Harbour Commission; President of Union of B.C. Municipalities; Mason and Shriner; elder of the Presbyterian Church (The kirk to him).

He was honored on many occasions but was always a kind and humble man, his own high moral standards standing out for all men to see. His club in 1972 made him one of the earliest Paul Harris Fellows. In 1922 the B.C. Health Association presented him with a life membership and a testimonial plaque, over 1,200 persons being present for that occasion.


He joined the Rotary Club of New Westminster in 1928 and was its President in 1937-38. He was active in all phases of Rotary service. Before being District Governor he had assisted in the division of old District 101, and was the first Governor of District 151, which lasted only five years due to the rapid expansion of Rotary in our area. The Abbotsford Club was formed during his governorship.