Biography of Clarence Percy Toomer
Birth: 1916 (Florida)
Death:1985 (New Jersey)
Spouse: Daisy Jackson Daniels
No. of Children: 0
Written by Floyd M. Riley
Clarence Percy Toomer was born in Jacksonville, Florida on March 25, 1916. The family moved to Elizabeth N.J. and then to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania when he was quite young. They resided in the city for a few years then moved to Berlin, N.J. when Clarence was 10 years old. The decision was made to move after he was hit by a trolley car.
He attended school locally and joined the United States Army. Upon his discharge, he returned to Berlin where he built his home. He was always self-supporting and independent. Clarence loved to go hunting. As a young lad, his mother could not keep him out of the woods. He was always looking for squirrels, rabbits, and deer. As an adult, he belonged to the community gun club and claimed several ‘trophies’ which were a testimony to his skill as a hunter. He also could be found walking around collecting his ingredients to make one of his specialty drinks; dandelion wine. He loved sports and played on the local baseball team with his brothers, nephews and in-laws.
In 1953, he met and married Daisy Jackson Daniels. She was actively involved in the O.E.O., The Black Women’s Association, Berlin Township Planning Board and Auxiliary Post #357. They were happily married for 26 years. From this union, he gained two step-daughters; Marie Washington and Mary Ellison. Daisy was a member of Green Grove Baptist Church and after some time, Clarence began attending ser-vice with her. Eventually, he decided to join and became a faithful member as well. Clarence was outspoken and did not mind sharing his opinion regarding specific events or life situations in general. He loved children and often gave little gifts and treats to his nephews and nieces and step grand-children.