Fulton-Theroux Funeral Service

13 Beckwith Ln, Old Lyme, CT


Richard Joseph Tonks

July 30, 1941June 22, 2020

Lyme- Richard “Joseph Tonks, 78, of Brush Hill Rd., Lyme died Monday, June 22, 2020 in Yale- New Haven Hospital after a brief illness. Mr. Tonks was born on July 30, 1941 in Melrose, MA the son of Alfred and Mary Tonks. He honorably served in the US Navy. He worked in sales for R.A. Graham of Worcester, MA and later in life for Landon Lumber of Madison, CT. He was an avid sports fan and in his earlier years coached Pop Warner Football in New Hampshire. When he moved to Connecticut he coached the Essex Little League Braves. Being a very civic minded person participated in the Deep River Lions Club and was active in many fund raising events. Richard Tonks is survived by his wife Sally Tonks of Lyme, son Jay Tonks of Ivoryton, daughter Julie McDermott of Marlborough and also by his six step-children Alicia Winalski, Jeffrey Morris, Curt Morris, Joel Morris, Ben Morris and Jared Morris. He is also survived by his sister Marilyn Williams and brother Ralph Tonks. He spent many moments with his twenty grandchildren and great granddaughter. He will be missed. To honor Richard Tonks wishes, services will be private. Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, Old Lyme is handling the arrangements. Please visit www.fultontherouxoldlyme.com for tributes. Donations may be made in his memory to the Deep River Lions Club.


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Richard Joseph Tonks

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fred robertson

June 28, 2020

Biggest youth sports fan I ever saw! When ever you went to a sporting even at Valley or in the shoreline, he was there. He will be missed.


William Hawke

June 26, 2020

We always enjoyed seeing your dad at the Valley Regional Basketball games. He was a stalwart fan for sure.
Our sympathy to your family.
Mellicent and Bill Hawke

Ginny (Mislick) King

June 24, 2020

A sad day for all Valley Warriors as our staunch supporter of all Valley Athletics will no longer be seen on the hillside or in the bleachers but his presence will be forever felt watching over us...

Jay and Family - What a tremendous man your father was. He will most surely be missed. Our thoughts are with you at this time.

Dick Tonks...A Valley Legend

With Much Sympathy,

Ginny (Mislick) King -
Valley Regional Class of 88',
PE Teacher since 1993 & previous Athletic Director

susan christopher

June 23, 2020

Jay and family
Very sorry to here of your dads passing
Was always such a pleasant man
Thinking of you Susan and Richard Christopher
Paul, Ian, Bob Johnson