Alfred J. Tolaro
Alfred J. Tolaro
February 22, 1928 ‐ March 08, 2021
Alfred Joseph Tolaro was born Feb 22, 1928, in Cleveland, Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Doris (née Faletto), daughters Lynn Tome (Rick), Catherine Gray, Christine Gruttadauria (Vito), and grandchildren Steven, Stacey, Nicki, and Alyssa.
Al grew up on the west side of Cleveland where he proudly graduated a half year early from West Tech High School in 1945 and enlisted in the Army. After serving his country, he received his BA in business from Fenn College, now Cleveland State, and worked as credit manager at Mayer Marks Furniture Store while he pursued his law degree at Cleveland Marshall School of Law thanks to the GI Bill of Rights. Over the years, Al became a malpractice/personal injury lawyer who cared deeply for his clients and made lasting relationships. He retired from his firm, Miller & Tolaro, after a successful 35 year career which included a case before the Supreme Court of the United States and serving as President of Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys.
In his personal life, Al truly loved his family and friends and greatly cherished their time together. He met Doris on vacation at the Jersey Shore and won her over with a guitar serenade and a lot of persistence. They were married in Cleveland in 1955 and moved to Westlake when it was still rural. Al became councilman of Ward 4 in the 1970’s and was active in the rezoning of the suburb as we know it today. His many interests included restoring classic cars, attending auto shows, coaching Westlake Girls Softball, Rotary Club, golfing at Spring Valley Country Club (Elyria) and Olde Hickory (Ft. Myers), lecturing at church, playing pool at Fairview Senior Center, and entertaining at area nursing homes for over 40 years.
Al was a proud American from the greatest generation and an extremely generous and caring man. He touched many lives for the better during his 93 years on earth.