Woodlawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park

7750 West Cermak Road, Forest Park, IL


John Colin Toline

2 marzo , 195528 febrero , 2020

John Colin Toline, age 64, of Forest Park, Illinois passed away on Friday February 28, 2020. A Celebration of Life has been postponed and will occur at a later date, at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 7750 West Cermak Road, Forest Park, IL 60130. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.woodlawnchicago.com. Please check the website for any updates.


  • Celebration of Life Services have been postponed and will be held at a later date


John Colin Toline


jim ackelson

3 abril , 2020

I met Colin in 1973 when he was moving into his college dormitory room. As I passed his open door, I saw this big clumsy-looking freshman making structural changes to the room with a small sledge hammer. He answered my puzzled look by explaining how he intended to correct a poor architectural design. Impressed by his take-care-of-business attitude, I introduced myself, unaware how significantly my life was about to change..
Colin’s appetite for exploration and adventure was contagious to everyone he encountered. Just tagging along, I discovered camping & climbing at the Mississippi Palisades, caving near Maquoketa, countless adventures. Colin had a humble appreciation for the beautiful world around him. He was a true artist, nurtured and bolstered by the community of creative genius that surrounded him in the Quad Cities.
I only knew Colin for about ten years, but that time was a treasure. All of us who knew him are so incredibly blessed to have been drawn-in by his laugh. What a privilege to have had the opportunity to share his wonderment and joy of discovery. Yet, I still grieve this monumental loss. Rest in peace, my friend.

Bill Shannon

31 marzo , 2020

Something caused me to think of you just now so I Googled you only to find that you were no longer with us. I met you at Balsamo-Olson in the 80s where you worked with Bruce Bruckelmeier then lost track for close to 15 years. I recall visiting you in your tiny studio apartment in Hinsdale now and then. It was full of musical instruments. Was very cooI. In the late 90s I found you at SDI/V3 and lost track of you when you left there. Was hoping to reconnect. So sorry I waited. You were a great guy and a true friend. You'll ever be missed...especially your easy laugh.

steve blaser

16 marzo , 2020

hiking down"bright angel''trail at 2 oclock in the Grand Canyon without a camping permit,waking up in a New Mexico desert being attacked by a colony of fire ants that we had camped on the night before,a small fire on a secluded beach with the pacific ocean as our companion,the whole highway1 experience,countless hours spent in the woods......treehouse building.the non critically acclaimed movies shot with an old 8mm camera,a lazy afternoon at the abandoned rock quarries in Tipton iowa, and as always with Colin... the music. you live on,my brother. I love you Colin Toline . steve blaser


13 marzo , 2020

I've enjoyed the pleasure of being in Colin's presence only a hand full of times and usually involved a music scene of some sort. And like all those within the Toline family he was kind, gentle, sincerely interesting and interested, supportive and willing. Our world loses a good person.

Dennis Hancq

10 marzo , 2020

So many good memories with this guy. Colin was always on the hunt...never slowed down when it came to finding a good deal. I remember trying to keep up with him on Maxwell Street in Chicago and various antique stores and he was always way ahead sniffing out all the good stuff.
The best memories though, were the many wonderful gigs the Mudcats played and he was the one that kept that momentum up too. Great musician, great artist, great friend and one of the most generous people I've every met. You are missed my friend.

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