Service for Paul Toms is Sept. 16

A celebration of life for Paul Toms, who died in Colorado on Dec. 17, will take place on Friday, Sept. 16, from 2 to 5, at the Greenfield Hill Grange, 1873 Hillside Road in Fairfield.

A longtime former Ridgefielder and master gardener, Toms died unexpectedly shortly after moving to Colorado. He was 62.

Toms purchased his family’s New Canaan business, Toms Home and Garden, in 1978 and when it outgrew its location, in 1985, he moved it to Vista, N.Y.

He and his family ran the garden center until 2001 when he sold it to purchase a bed and breakfast in Cornish, N.H., and always kept his hands in gardening and landscaping with an Internet presence through and The Traveling Garden Center where clients could learn about their gardens. He was known in the garden industry for his experience and skill.

He attended and videoed every dance recital, play, and soccer game for his children.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Theresa Toms; his daughter Jennifer M.T. Eastes and her husband Jud P.T. Eastes; his son Brian P. Toms; his granddaughter Amelia; his mother Virginia Toms; his brother Howard B Toms III, and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father Clarence M. Toms.                                                                

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