Robert M. “Toby” Abernethy Sr. of Kennett Square

fRobert M. “Toby” Abernethy Sr., 83, of Kennett Square, died Friday, Mach 10, at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester. He was the husband of Marie Marenco Abernethy, with whom he shared 57 years of marriage.

Robert M. “Toby” Abernethy Sr.

Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late Julian C. and Margaret Christy Abernethy. Toby served as a corporal in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 before starting his entrepreneurial career on Sept. 11, 1956, with an automotive service station in West Grove. He went on to own and operate several businesses over his 61-year career including an upholstery shop and body shop in Kennett Square, Abernethy’s Trash Removal (later United Waste Systems), and Abernethy’s Auto Body.

He discovered a passion for golf in 1978, enjoying many years as a member of the Kennett Square Golf & Country club, and never missed the first week of hunting season in Potter County, Pennsylvania, but his greatest love was spending time with his family and four adored grandchildren.f

In addition to his wife, Toby is survived by two sons, Robert M. Abernethy Jr. and his wife Wendy of Avondale, and Barry J. Abernethy of Avondale; four grandchildren, Robert M. Abernethy III , Kevin E. Abernethy, Hayley Abernethy and Charles Abernethy.

He was predeceased by five brothers, Pat Abernethy, John Abernethy, Bill Abernethy, Charlie Abernethy and Paul Abernethy, and one sister, Catherine Abernethy.

You are invited to visit with his family and friends, from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 24, at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, 250 West State Street in Kennett Square. His service and burial will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Neighborhood Hospice, 400 East Marshall Street, West Chester, PA 19380

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