|By Robert Bomboy; Robert Bomboy (For The News-Item)|
O'Toole, who has operated
He and his wife of 39 years, Kathy, have enjoyed the luck of the Irish. They have won, among a host of grand prizes, sweepstakes, vacation trips to
He's a strong golfer, and one of the prizes he won was a special invitation to play on the
With their longtime associate
"From the day I started," he says, "I've lived by the principles my mother taught me. I would never sell anything to a customer that I would not sell to her. And my other guiding principle was to treat people as I'd want to be treated if the roles were reversed." Those principles have brought him success, and more than 10,000 customers.
He and his wife are known for the fantastically lighted Christmas displays they have erected outside their
O'Toole cut and painted stand-up scenes from plywood, among them, bears, angels, ice skaters, and three sets of nativity figures all blazing with colored lights. "We were drawing so much electricity at Christmastime that we blew out a PP&L transformer," he laughs. And inside the house, he and his family had 12 more Christmas trees.
When he retires this month, his company will become part of
Packer will join the Groninger business, which carries the same insurances the O'Tooles offered.
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