Anthoni “Toni” Bedway, 96, of Wheeling, W.V., died peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family, Thursday, January 26, 2012.
He was born November 13, 1915, the son of the late Elizabeth and George Bedway.
A distinguished businessman, he was the Founder of Bedway Coal Company, Adena, Ohio, which he co-managed with his brother John Bedway and sister Adelaide Shaheen until his retirement in 1996.
He served on numerous bank , hospital and school boards in the area including being a Founder and Member of the Board of Harrison Community Hospital, Chairman of the Board at East Ohio Regional Hospital, Board of Directors for Wheeling Jesuit College, President of the Century Club for the College of Steubenville , Board of Directors at First West Virginia Bank, Board of Directors at the former Heritage Bank, Steubenville, Ohio; Board of Directors at Wheeling Country Day School and Mt. de Chantal Visitation Academy. He also served on the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District.
Bedway’s philanthropic contributions were well known throughout the community. His outreach was as much to large groups such as Catholic Neighborhood Center, as well as numerous acts of individual kindness. To honor the community in which he was raised, Bedway and his siblings founded Bedway Park in Adena, Ohio.
After retiring, Bedway was able to spend his time with his favorite hobbies of painting and sketching. Creating landscapes and portraits, often with coal mining themes, Bedway even enjoyed an exhibit of his work at Steifel Arts Center in Wheeling. He could also be found around town sketching portraits on napkins at Bob Evans Restaurant in particular and handing them out to unsuspecting customers with a smile and a small “T” in the bottom corner.
Bedway is survived by his wife of 54 years, Nancy Bedway; six children, Marquita Bedway Alger LaHood, Nannette Bedway, Marianna Bedway Kevin Hyde, Jonathan Bedway Jessica, William Bedway, and Kirsten Bedway Simeon Peebler; eleven grandchildren, Simone LaHood, Gregory LaHood, Pierson Shields, Jaden Hyde, McLean Hyde, Mary Bedway, Jakob Bedway, Isaac Bedway, Caitlin Bedway, James Bedway and Luke Peebler; sister Elizabeth Herbst; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by sisters Phoebe Bedway, Lillian Bedway, Adelaide Shaheen, Angie Madzia, Genevieve Warner, Geraldine Buffin; brother John Bedway; and grandson Nathan Luke Bedway.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Wheeling Country Day School Capital Campaign, Augusta Levy Learning Center, or the charity of your choice in Toni Bedway’s name.
Friends will be received at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 154 Kruger Street, Elm Grove, West Virginia, Saturday 5-8pm and Sunday 12-3 and 6-8pm where a vigil service will be held at 7:30pm. Funeral liturgy will be celebrated on Monday at 10:00am at St Michaels Catholic Church with the Rev. Jeremiah McSweeney as celebrant. Entombment will be immediately following at Holly Memorial Garden.
On-line condolences may be expressed to the family at altmeyer.com