NUNDA — Toby Shane Emo DVM, age 40, passed away unexpectedly Sunday (June 7, 2015) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
Toby was born Jan. 29, 1975, in Hornell, N.Y., the second son of David and Laura Emo. Toby's early years were spent in Dansville along with his older brother, Todd. As a youngster, Toby spent many long hours at his grandparents' dairy farm which awakened his interest in animals. An excellent student and all-around athlete. Toby's interests were wide and varied. He was an all-star little league baseball player, an Eagle Scout, a competitive swimmer, a New York Grange member and he graduated second in his class of Dansville High in 1993.
Toby attended Cornell University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1997. While there, he was a valued member of "da Bones" section of the Cornell Marching Band and bowled on the Cornell varsity team. His lifelong love of animals led Toby to pursue a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada from which he graduated with 1st class standing in 2003. His academic awards included: The State of New York Bowling Association Scholarship for 2003-2004; The New York Grange Scholarship; The Dr. Ameek & Mrs. Davinder Singh Award for excellence from the Atlantic Vet College.
In 2004, Toby married his soul mate, Ailsa Currie, and joined the Currie Clan with a "Big Fat Scottish Wedding "in Pictou, Nova Scotia. They were blessed with two wonderful children who were the center of Toby's world; Piper, aged 10, and Brooks, 5. They moved to Nunda, N.Y., and began their careers in veterinary medicine. In 2010, Toby started his own business as owner of the Nunda Veterinary Clinic. Toby was an avid horseman, golfer and bowler, a 26-year member of the New York Grange and was Captain and owner of the Buffalo Wings flyball team. Recently, Toby was appointed as Head Judge for the prestigious Can-Am Flyball Championships held each year in Indianapolis, Ind., a great honor of which Toby and his team were very proud.
Along with his wife, Ailsa, and children, Piper and Brooks, Toby is survived by his parents, David and Laura Emo of Dansville; his brother, Todd (Kimberly Varker), and their two children, along with his Aunt Alayne (Lew Hess), Tom (Treasa) Springett; several cousins and hundreds of friends.
Friends may call 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Chamberlin – Baird Funeral Home, 73 Main St., Dansville. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Dansville Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery, S. Dansville.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those who wish may honor Toby's memory with a donation to Ronald MacDonald House or the Golisano Children's Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. Those who wish to send condolences to the family may do so at www.bairdfuneralhomes.com.